Year : 2019 | Volume
: 23 | Issue : 7 | Page : 1--2
The future of endocrine society of India: Transforming to achieve global leadership
President, Endocrine Society of India; Department of Endocrinology, Centre for Diabetes, Endocrinology and Metabolism, University College of Medical Sciences, Delhi, India
S V Madhu
Department of Endocrinology, Centre for Diabetes, Endocrinology and Metabolism, University College of Medical Sciences, Delhi
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Endocrine Society of India (ESI) is the largest professional organization of endocrinologists in India. Further, over one-fourth of the global burden of endocrine disorders is seen in South Asia, a large part of which is in India. As a leader in the region, ESI has the responsibility of steering organizational efforts for the growth of Endocrinology not only within the country but in the whole of South Asia and effectively contributing to global efforts. ESI should not only have a strong national voice but also transform to become a truly global society.
Endocrinology has witnessed rapid advances in the recent past, and ESI can no longer work in isolation if it has to keep pace with global developments. We need to build partnerships and bridge the gaps. The global endocrine community looks to ESI as a valued partner with the expectation of leadership in some of the global efforts in endocrine research and care. We also need to hold the hands of those countries who are looking to us for guidance. It is time for ESI to respond to these needs and make a conscious effort at international outreach to position itself as a strong global society, with a significant role in shaping the future of endocrinology. During the last year, ESI has taken several steps in this direction and we need to build on them in the years to come.
There is also a need for ESI to become proactive at the national level and reach out to all the corners of India. We need to take the mission and vision of ESI to different parts of the country. It is through the vision and efforts of the senior-most among us who have steered the society through difficult times and seen it grow to its present stature. We need to consolidate and expand our horizons. ESI should lead the way in shaping the practice of endocrinology in the country not only by endocrinologists but also by physicians who manage endocrine disorders. Taking the endocrinology perspective to the physicians and other specialists will enhance the overall quality of endocrine care in the country. It will also help establish an effective and appropriate referral flow that is likely to benefit the patients and doctors alike. Most importantly, it would place the endocrinologist and ESI at the core of endocrine care in the country. Several initiatives this year have seen ESI satellite symposia being held successfully across the length and breadth of the country, and the voice of ESI is beginning to spread.
Over half of the current strength of ESI is made up of young endocrinologists who bring with them the energy and freshness and a flair for technology that are necessary for innovative ideas and new directions for the society. We need to harness this critical resource in our efforts to achieve leadership position at different levels. A summit of young endocrinologists held this year for the development of soft and leadership skills provided the much-needed interaction between the ESI leadership and them and saw the emergence of some innovative suggestions to take ESI forward. When blended with the richness of the experience of senior endocrinologists, ESI can achieve greater heights. This effort could be the beginning of what could be a youth wing of ESI in the future.
Basic endocrinology is an inseparable and vital part of endocrinology. Recent advances in basic science in the last 2–3 decades only reinforce the need for every clinical endocrinologist to have a sound understanding of basic endocrinology. ESI has to aggressively promote basic endocrinology to consistently excel at the global platform. This view is shared with equal conviction both by the senior-most among us as well as the newer generation endocrinologists and certainly by the present leadership. ESI has made a beginning this year and has drawn up a road map for its revival and integration in various activities of ESI and hopes to provide the cutting edge to our research and care in the future.
The government and its different organs look to national societies such as the ESI to advise them on guidelines for the management of endocrine problems, particularly relevant for India. It is through the framing of such clinical practice recommendations by the society and by taking clear positions on specific issues that ESI can have a strong voice that is heard by all. ESI is working along these lines as well. Efforts are also on for ESI to have a say in the development of the DM training curriculum, and discussions with the medical council are underway to ensure a long-term and sustained involvement.
Several initiatives have been taken this year in the journey of ESI to build on what has already been done and to prepare the society for a generational change that could meet the national, regional, and global aspirations of its members. Many more need to be taken. Together, we can transform ESI into a global body that can make a difference to the future of endocrinology.