Association of Kerala Medical Graduates/AKMG

Dear friends,

Dr. Raji MenonI am now entrusted with leading this great organization, and am greatly honoured. It is also very humbling, when I have been meeting many of the founding members, and going through the history of this organization. I salute all those great minds that conceived this idea, and all that have helped to grow it to the level it has, today. I also look to many of those great minds for support and guidance.

First of all, a few words about the 39th Annual Convention. AKMG Canada will be hosting the convention, at the Brookstreet Hotel in Ottawa, from 9 to 11 August, 2018. Dr. Nigil Haroon has taken on the role of Convention Chair, and has already assembled a great team to help us put up a great show. The link for the Hotel Reservations will be up very soon, and I recommend that you all book your rooms early. I would also suggest that you take a few extra days and extend your stay — you will not regret it. I shall leave it to Nigil to inform you of all the details, as we have it at present.

In recent years, many new initiatives have been brought forth, and have been well accepted by the members. The most commendable of these has been the many ways in which we have managed to attract young AKMG members to take an active role in the conventions and in the running of the organization. While we have made great strides, there is plenty of work to be done. I have been encouraged by the enthusiasm of many of our newer office bearers, and hope that we can continue to bring in young members.

The Humanitarian Services (HS) Committee, led by Dr. Prem Menon has been doing good work, on behalf of our members. For those who do not know, this committee receives funds from Conventions, when there is a surplus of funds. Unfortunately, the cost of organizing conventions has gone up considerably, and the HS committee has not received any funds in the last 3 years or so. It is also quite disheartening to know that there has not been much voluntary donations into the committee, even when requested, for specific causes, like the fireworks tragedy in Kollam in recent years. The AKMG-HS is able to give receipts for charitable donations, and I implore the membership to open up your hearts, and make whatever donation you can. There have been many disasters this year, with all the hurricanes in the Southern US, the floods in Mumbai, and more recently, the stampede in Mumbai. We should rise to the occasion, and do whatever we can, to help. On a personal note, Prem was telling me about his own experience with previous floods, when he lost a great deal, personally. Fortunately, as a physician, he was able to recover — but not without some financial scars. Think, then, of the less fortunate people, and please donate what you can.

Dr. Sunilkumar has been leading the Website and Directory work. Much has been done, and much is still to be done. It has been a daunting task, to update the directory. It would be great if everybody can go online and update their details — and inform us of any changes, in the contact details of other members (with their permission), who have moved or, for other reasons, cannot access AKMG.

Dr. Krishnaprasad continues to work hard at getting the newsletter out dutifully. My sympathies are with him, for the effort required to herd us all, and to collect our articles on time. There has been much discussion about making it electronic, but the membership has strongly opposed this idea. We realize that we need to raise more funds, if we are to keep the paper copies going — and so, will be selling advertisement space on our newsletters, to cover the cost of publication.

The Education committee, and the Bylaws committee continue to silently do their work, while not receiving much open acknowledgement — and I would like to give them a shout-out as well.

Finally, I would like to take this opportunity to personally invite all of you to attend the Convention in Ottawa, with your families and friends.

Thanks, and God Bless

Dr. Raji Menon
AKMG President