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Year : 2022  |  Volume : 10  |  Issue : 2  |  Page : 53-54

A dream come true for Maharashtra Ophthalmological Society: Dreamcon AIOC 2022


Department of Ophthalmology, P. D. Hinduja Hospital and MRC, Mumbai, Maharashtra, India

Date of Submission06-Jul-2021
Date of Decision07-Jul-2021
Date of Acceptance07-Jul-2021
Date of Web Publication18-Jul-2022

Correspondence Address:
Barun K Nayak
Department of Ophthalmology, P. D. Hinduja Hospital and MRC, Mumbai, Maharashtra
India
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None


DOI: 10.4103/2320-3897.351304

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Nayak BK. A dream come true for Maharashtra Ophthalmological Society: Dreamcon AIOC 2022. J Clin Ophthalmol Res 2022;10:53-4

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The primary aim of the Maharashtra Ophthalmological Society (MOS) and the All India Ophthalmological Society (AIOS) is to aid in fostering a scientific environment among its members and fellow ophthalmologists. These activities are mostly spread throughout the year through various workshops and clinical meetings. However, the level of academic know-how that occurs during the annual conference is unparalleled. Similarly, Dreamcon AIOC 2022, the Annual Conference of AIOS was a major event for the year 2022 for both MOS and AIOS.

The world came to a grinding halt through the past 2 years of the COVID-19 pandemic. Academic meetings were suspended and taken over by virtual meetings. The announcement of a physical scientific meeting by the AIOS was perhaps everyone was eagerly waiting for. Moreover, it was aptly named, Dreamcon AIOC 2022. For us in Maharashtra, it was after 27 years of hosting the previous AIOC, that we had an opportunity of hosting another prestigious annual conference of the National Society and in reality, a dream come true. Naturally, this invigorated our fellow members of the MOS and every member looked forward to put his little bit toward making this conference a grand success and a memorable event of their lives. Needless to say, every member of our national society was enthusiastically looking forward to attend this grand conference in the city of dreams and the financial capital of the country, Mumbai.

Putting up a national conference on a short notice and that too on a grand scale was not without seemingly unsurmountable challenges. The pandemic numbers had ebbed, however, there was always a lurking threat of COVID numbers spiking up. This would have thrown a spanner into all the hard work! That did not stop us from persisting and planning everything to the “T.” Silently, we all prayed and did what was supposed to be done. The venue chosen for the conference was world-class; however, it still had to see a medical conference of our scale on its premises. While they were absolutely sure about doing a good job, we as organizers were rightly anxious about all the arrangements and facilities. However, I must admit that we were ultimately very happy with whatever the venue management had to offer to us. Finally, the hard work and planning bore fruit when more than 7000 registered delegates graced the conference venue, this goes on to show that the conference was an absolute hit among all national ophthalmologists.

The Scientific Program of the conference was a class apart. Dr. Partha Biswas and his entire team worked very hard to put up an excellent academic program. The local organizing committee had equipped them with 19 halls for the 5 days of the conference, which could accommodate 9300 delegates including traders, for the conference. While subspecialty capsules for comprehensive ophthalmologists were arranged on all 4 days, there were almost 40 vibrant and dynamic Young Masters Courses for the delegates. We also had 53 fresh maiden instruction courses this year, not to mention the scientific committee Quiz, 180 podium poster presentations, 80 Hyde Park presentations, and 50 video presentations which were arranged on all 4 days of the conference. Three hundred and forty-one research papers were presented and 360 physical posters were showcased. One hundred and thirty-three Instruction Courses and 18 Masters Instruction Courses were all popular among the delegates. The Preconference Day-Think Under the Apple Tree Program, Leadership Development Program, Training the Trainers, and Eyeshala were highlights of the conference, too. Moreover, the cherry on the cake was without doubt 24 Surgical Skill Transfer Courses, 25 Diagnostic Skill Transfer Courses and 25 Technology Skill Transfer Courses. It is in overcoming ongoing challenges that crept up while planning and executing the conference of such a scale is what makes the journey for all of us enjoyable and satisfying.

Overall, it turned out to be a great scientific feast topped with social activities for delegates and their families. As always the experience of organizing and overseeing a conference this large gives me immense happiness as I see our delegates going home with them fond memories. Through the 4 days of the conference, they have met old friends, had a healthy interaction with national and international faculty, and shared throwback memories during the banquet. Most importantly they gathered information on the newest trends in the vast field of ophthalmology.

My earnest appeal to all those who read me today is to make it a point to attend all the annual conferences of AIOS. In fact, I would go one step ahead and request them to make it a ritual. It is my sincere belief that doing so will turn out to be immensely fulfilling on a professional level as well as on a personal level.






 

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