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Year : 2018  |  Volume : 22  |  Issue : 7  |  Page : 4-5

Scientific highlights of ESICON 2018

1 Department of Endocrinology, Hi-Tech Medical College and Hospital; Senior Consultant Endocrinologist, Apollo Sugar Clinics; Scientific Secretary, ESICON 2018, Bhubaneswar, Odisha, India
2 Department of Endocrinology, MKCG Medical College and Hospital, Berhampur, Odisha, India

Date of Web Publication9-Nov-2018

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DOI: 10.4103/ijem.IJEM_577_18

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Das S, Mohanty BK. Scientific highlights of ESICON 2018. Indian J Endocr Metab 2018;22, Suppl S1:4-5

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Since our DM trainee days in endocrinology, we always look forward to attend the annual academic feast of Endocrine Society of India, ESICON. This conference has always been a vast academic extravaganza of core endocrinology involving all eminent endocrinologists from India and abroad.[1],[2]

This year, ESICON is going to be held at the temple city of Bhubaneswar, the capital of Odisha. The state has got a special mention in the field of endocrinology as the first DM in India, Prof. R J Dash hails from this part of the country. He was instrumental in developing one of the first endocrinology departments of the country at PGIMER, Chandigarh.[2],[3] Since then, many doctors from this state have done DM and DNB training in endocrinology from various institutions of India, and at present, there are 21 trained endocrinologists who are serving the people of the state. The super-specialty subject of endocrinology took its biggest leap when DM training program was started in SCB Medical College and Hospital, Cuttack, in 2012 and later at MKCG Medical College and Hospital, Berhampur, in 2018.

This year, the scientific program for ESICON has been crafted to be an academic delight spanning over 4 days distributed in four halls with 174 h of knowledge sharing which would include four orations, 14 plenary sessions, 14 major symposia, 12 mini-symposia, and six meet the professor sessions. We will have among us a total of 189 national faculties and 22 international faculties across five continents to enrich the scientific program.

Apart from the four orations, one of the major highlights of ESICON-2018 is the concept of “Make in India” where the original research work of eminent endocrinologists of India in their respective fields will be highlighted during each symposia.

In any conference, presentation of original research work is of utmost importance. This year, we have received 186 abstracts of which 12 abstracts have been selected for free oral paper presentation. Giving utmost priority to this, during the podium presentation of the original work by these scientists and endocrinologists, we have not scheduled any parallel sessions in other halls. The abstracts have been reviewed by the reviewers of Indian Journal of Endocrinology and Metabolism (IJEM), and they will be published in a supplement of the journal.

This year, we are going to have another new concept known as “Endocrine Panchayats.” There would be one “Sarpanch” (Moderator) and five “Panchs” (Panelists) to discuss some of the controversial issues in Endocrinology and Diabetes with audience participation, and finally, the “Sarpanch” will come out with a consensus. There would be three such “Endocrine Panchayats” in the meeting.

Another highlight of ESICON-2018 has been scheduled on November 15, which has been dedicated to DM trainee students across the country. The day will start with nuclear medicine, radiology, and pathology rounds. Later, in the day, 4 h has been dedicated to DM final examination mock session where final-year DM and DNB students from all the institutions across India will be having one-to-one interactions with the professors and DM examiners of the country.

This year, the editorial board of IJEM will be conducting a workshop on “Scientific Paper Writing and Methods of Meta-analysis” spanning 6 h of rigorous training and hands-on.

Pediatric Endocrinology is an important section of core endocrinology and is often seen to be neglected. We have dedicated a full-day session on Pediatric Endocrinology on day 2 of the conference. A special one-day registration for pediatricians has also been facilitated.

We believe “All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy,” and for that, two important changes in the scientific agenda have been made to make it more enjoyable and sporty. There would be a symposium on “Sports Endocrinology” where various aspects of endocrinology in sports will be discussed by eminent faculties. This will be preceded by a 5K marathon! We are coming out with a declaration termed “Bhubaneswar Declaration on Sports Endocrinology,” which has been endorsed by endocrine faculties not only from India but also abroad involving all the five continents. This declaration will be published in IJEM.

Another way to give a sporty tinge to the academic feast is by doing Endocrine Premier League on November 15. There will be eight teams from four zones of India, and there would be eight debates.

Often in our busy practice, we tend to forget the art of medicine and endocrinology and manage our own psychological well-being. To revive that, we have formulated a session on “Psychosocial Endocrinology” where different psychosocial aspects of not only patients but also physicians will be discussed by a panel of endocrinologists, clinical psychologist, and psychiatrists.

The scientific programs have been vast and comprehensive. It has been undergoing planning for the last 1 year. It has been more of a teamwork rather than an individual effort. Our special thanks go to Dr. Manoj Chadha, President ESI, and Dr. Krishna G. Seshadri, Secretary ESI, who have always been helpful and have guided the local scientific team in preparing the agenda. Our sincere thanks go to the young endocrinology brigade of India, Dr. Ashu Rastogi and Dr. Srinagesh and the entire “Frendos” and “Endocrine United” team for suggesting us various topics and taking personal responsibilities to conduct various workshops and endocrine quiz. Our sincere thanks go to Prof. Sanjay Bhadada, Prof. Anil Bhansali, Dr. Ambrish Mithal, Prof. Nikhil Tandon, Prof. Subhankar Choudhury, Prof. Shasank Joshi, Prof. A. K. Das, Prof. Rakesh Sahay, Dr. Rajesh Khadgawat, Dr. Pinaki Dutta, Dr. J. P. Sahoo, and Dr. Rajesh Rajput for their timely advice and help in formulating the agenda.

The entire local scientific committee is indebted to Dr. Sanjay Kalra and Dr. Sujoy Ghosh, who have not only guided us in crafting the scientific program but also helped us in coordinating with the eminent foreign faculties. Without the help of Dr. Kalra and Dr. Ghosh, the mammoth task would have been impossible.

Finally, it is the delegates and the audience who make a conference successful and we sincerely hope and pray that the 48th Annual Conference of Endocrine Society of India (ESICON-2018) will stand up to its expectations. On behalf of the organizing and the scientific team, we welcome you all to ESICON-2018, Bhubaneswar, the soul of incredible India!

   References Top

Selvan C, Ghosh S, Kalra S, Zargar AH. Training in endocrinology: The Indian perspective. Indian J Endocrinol Metab 2013;17:S599-600.  Back to cited text no. 1
Das S, Santosh R, Upreti V. Diary of an endocrine resident: Recollections from post graduate institute of medical education and research, Chandigarh. Indian J Endocrinol Metab 2015;19:841-3.  Back to cited text no. 2
Bajaj S, Ghosh S, Kalra S. Endocrinology training in India. Indian J Endocrinol Metab 2015;19:448-50.  Back to cited text no. 3


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