Association of Kerala Medical Graduates/AKMG

Krishna R. Prasad, MD

AKMG is cruising again in 2020!

The 40th Annual AKMG Convention, 2019 - the Ruby Convention in Sheraton Hotel, Times Square, New York - was a smashing success. Dr. Thomas Mathew and his NY team pulled off magic after working so hard for so many months. We were all thrilled with starter/appetizer, the Cornucopia cruise with fantastic food and entertainment, but the best was yet to come. The next two days engaged us with excellent CME activities under the watch of a dedicated academician and CME Chair, Dr. Madhu Bhasker, and well deserved entertainment activities as well as the Women's Forum. The venue was unique and historic, and many of us enjoyed the walk to the famous Central Park on our own schedule. A big THANK YOU to Dr. Thomas Mathew and the NY team for an unforgettable experience!!!

The upcoming 41st Annual AKMG Convention, 2020 is scheduled for July 18th through July 25th. Our AKMG President, Dr. Usha Mohandas and her Florida team are now taking the AKMG families to a very different experience off shore - a Caribbean Cruise on the biggest and newest ship, Royal Caribbean's "Symphony of the Seas" for our aptly named "2020 AKMG Symphony Cruise Convention". We all will have enough days and nights to enjoy the tropical weather with all varieties of entertainment and activities on board the ship as well as off board/onshore . Please go online to akmg.org and reserve your cruise ship rooms . You can refer to the specific details in the related article by Dr. Usha Mohandas.

Dr. Subra Bhat, the AKMG President Elect, is planning the 42nd Annual AKMG Convention, 2021, to be held at the Intercontinental Hotel, Buckhead, Atlanta, August 13th and 14th. I applaud Dr. Bhat in announcing a 2-day AKMG Convention. It is worth noting that for the first time ever, the 35th Annual AKMG Convention was held as a 2-day event in Las Vegas at the Bellagio Hotel, under Dr. Hari Parameswaran, the then AKMG President and myself as the Convention Chair, which was a great success. I personally support a 2-day Annual AKMG Convention going forward, preferably Friday and Saturday nights, which I believe is much easier on a clinician's schedule, children of AKMG members in school etc., apart from saving on hotel room expense at the least for a night.

Our AKMG Vice President, Dr. Nigil Haroon has penned a very thorough and thought provoking article that you all should peruse in this edition of the AKMG Reporter. There are so many points to ponder over and please do take the time to think over these relevant issues. He has poignantly raised the issue of AKMG Convention expenses especially for the very young as well as the retired AKMG members/clinicians, whose financial resources are limited. I have personally supported for two decades ideas about having our Annual AKMG Conventions being held at 4-Star hotels, and also 2-day/night events to minimize punitive financial aspects and time constraints as it relates to our work schedules.

Dr. Geetha Nair is our AKMG Secretary/Treasurer. I have never seen Dr. Geetha Nair thinking and acting at less than 200 mph, she is so energized all the time!!! I have had the luxury of having met and known Dr. Geetha Nair and her loving husband Murali over so many AKMG Annual Conventions over the past two decades. We can all look forward to Dr. Nair taking over the reins of AKMG in the near future – get ready for the ride!!!

Let us all try in earnest to recruit new members in Medical and Dental professions in North America - the U.S.A and Canada – to join AKMG. As we know, the strength of any organization lies in the number of members.

AKMG-HS (Humanitarian Services) has been pivotal in financially supporting so many crucial humanitarian projects in Kerala, other parts of India as well as in North America. Please do not forget to contribute a small fraction of your income whenever possible to strengthen AKMG-HS. As a non-profit entity, please remember that your contributions to AKMG-HS are tax exempt. The joy of giving is unparalleled.

Krishna R. Prasad, MD
Editor, AKMG Reporter 
krishnaprasad1974@gmail.com