ARSI has been organizing annual conferences in different
parts of India. Important personalities are invited to encourage
practicing rural surgeons and to motivate the new surgeons
to go to the peripheral places to offer their services.
It is a meeting where members present their own work. Newer
useful technologies are discussed to update the knowledge
of its members. It is also a platform to discuss the problems
of rural surgery.
conferences offer opportunities to the members to relax
and enjoy the local culture.
Workshops can help rural surgeons learn simple procedures
from allied branches, which will widen their field of surgical
care. ARSI encourages organization of such workshops. It
also offers some subsidy towards the workshop. Plastic surgery
camps in Jhargram helped some surgeons to learn the repair
of cleft lip. Paediatric surgery workshop in Dondaicha was
for the benefit of surgeons in that area.
ARSI encourages the members to learn newer technologies like ultra-sonology,
endoscopies etc. that are found to be useful in rural practice.
Any young member of ARSI who wishes to go away and learn such a
technology, or anything that will be useful in rural practice, is
offered this scholarship.
Innovations and innovative ideas help to simplify and indianise
health care and such simplification often reduces the cost of the
services. Many innovations are the brain-children of ordinary people
who may even be illiterate. Hence to recognize and encourage such
people, a cash award of Rs. 10,000 is offered to any body, medical
or non-medical person, whose innovation or an innovative idea is
useful in rural health care. Since launching this award four years
ago, Dr. D. M. Ghaisas from Ahmednagar, was the recipient of A.F.I.
Award 2001, for his indigenous electrical and manually operated
“Newmon Ventilator”, and A.F.I. Award – 2003,
was given to Dr. P.S. Vaidya of Aurangabad for his novel chair for
Sitz bath. Dr. B.B. Joshi from Mumbai was the recipient of Dr. Antia-Finseth award (2006) for his
innovation Joshi's External Stabilization System (JESS) used for open fractures, skeletal stabilization, Lengthening procedures etc.(Dr. Sukumar Maiti and Mr. Nabendu Bikash Maiti is the Jt. Recipient of Dr. Anti -Finseth award 2007 for their innovation of the instrument a 'new spreader for Ramstedt's Pyloromyotomy'. (For more detail see information column)
Surgery” is a quarterly bulletin of ARSI.
Besides useful information for the benefit of members and also the association news and international news, the bulletin also publishes interesting case reports, articles relevant to rural surgery, report of clinical studies etc. It also has a section devoted to the International Federation of Rural Surgery. The bulletin is circulated amongst the members of ARSI and to the Signatories of IFRS from Germany, Holland, USA, Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania etc.
for rural surgeons
Since medical colleges do not give training in aspects
of surgery required in rural practice ARSI has been trying
to provide it. First it joined hands with Indira
Gandhi National Open University introduced Certificate
in Rural Surgery (CRS). Now National Board of Examinations
has responded too and it is going to introduce Diplomate
of National Board (DNB) in rural surgery, a post graduate course from January 2007. These
candidates will be trained in rural hospitals to be able
to face the constraints of rural surgery. For this a detail curriculum has been chalked out. Operational plan, accreditation and recognition of hospitals to conduct this course has been completed.
ARSI is happy to give due recognition to dedicated
rural surgeons and those who qualify as trained rural surgeons,
with Fellowship of ARSI.
Federation of Rural Surgeons
It has come to light that almost all countries have sections of
populations that are denied the basic health care. Even USA has
rural surgeons! To bring rural surgeons from all or as many as possible
countries under one body, ARSI and German Society for Tropical Surgery
introduced the concept of formation of International Federation
of Rural Surgery. IFRS has been formally launched on 25th September
2005 in Ujjain, India. Signatories include surgeons from Germany,
Holland, USA, Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania and India.
Recognition is an important way of confirming a person’s
devotion to a philosophy. ARSI is offering
Fellowship of the Association of Rural Surgeons
of India as a recognition to such committed rural
It is the fond hope
of ARSI that in due course of time there
will be available a generation or rural surgeons all over
the country, who are rural-patient-friendly
and who can offer safe and appropriate surgical care near
to the homes of rural population of India. ARSI invites
every rural surgeon to become a member and help it reach
this goal and to strengthen the association.