The Indian Rheumatology Association

The Professional Organization of Rheumatologists and other Health Professionals in India

IRA Vision

IRA Vision (2018 - 2019)

The concept of Indian College of Rheumatology , a legitimate and flexible, yet credible fellowship in rheumatology in the light of negligible number of DM /DNB seats leading to to demand-supply imbalance and honours like masters in Rheumatology are long overdue.

The current EC has taken the initiative of executing all its actions through several of its cells; one of the utmost priorities of IRA education cell is to establish IRA college, namely, Indian College of Rheumatology. Consequitive 3 ECs this year had discussed this and unanimously agreed to give free hand to Prof RohiniHanda to initiate the College using his expertise in different positions.

Dr.Handa has prepared a blue print which is being shared to all esteemed members for information and comments, if any.

Other IRA cells : In addition to the blueprint of College, I briefly synopsise the various cells (2018-2019) and their objectives in the following tabe as below :

Name of the cellObjectivesChairWork done so far Future plans
1. Education cell 1. Form a 10 member cell with regional representation including a young/midcareer co-chair
2. Assist the Dean in establishing the IRA College (ICR) and mentor the Dean
3. Co-ordinate all fellowships
4. Mentor/Coordinate various CME/workshops / meetingsacross nation / assist in getting credit points
5. Attempt to create online library for members and provide evidence / biology based scientific information to members in challenging clinical situations
6. Conduct Fellows’ retreat in coordination with the president and conduct masterclasses for fellows and advanced courses for faculty/senior rheumatologists
7. To develop curriculum for rheumatology at undergraduate and broad speciality level
Prof. RN Misra Has done all fellowship selections, formed his team, assisting/coordinating with Dean in kickstarting the college and 2 year fellowship program, has provided crucial assistance in conducting this years fellows’ retreat at CMC Vellore with new features like workshop on critical appraisal of a scientific paper, readying the trainees for DM/DNB exit exam, thesis preparation, practice sessions on critical appraisal by trainees, international symposium and a socialinteractiverelaxation session To identify future chair in consultaion with Ec to take the same initiatives forward in a timebound manner with a calendar of events.
To be ready o take over as Dean after 2 year term ie from 2020
Increase number and amount of travel fellowships from IRA surplus / profits each year
2. Research cell 1. Form a 10 member cell with regional representation including a young/midcareer co-chair
2. Conduct IRA initiated all research activities
3. coordinate with all special interest groups
4. To oversee all IRA research grants
5. To create national and international collaborations for IRA initiated research and publications
6. To raise funds from public and private sources
Prof. AmitaAgarwal Had assessed all IRA research grants Will try to make 1 or 2 publications/ year
To increase budget allocation for research grants from annual surplus
3. IRA database cell 1. Form a 10 member cell with regional representation including a young/midcareer co-chair
2. To create pooled database of common rheumatic diseases involving large centres with existing electronic medical records
3. Apply for grants to appoint data entry personnel
4. Identify central data management cell and statisticians to coordinate and execute the work
5. Milestone based progress assessment
6. Aim 2 categories of publications:
I . Descriptive details of common rheumatic diseases
Ii . Outcome of common rheumatic diseases in India over a 2 year period
7. Will need Ethics and research committee approval from each centre and also from proposed IRA ethics and research cell
Prof. Debashish Danda A grant of Rs 1.1 crorewas applied to Novartis- has gone through many complex paperwork; it has been internally approved as per them and waiting some more paper works. They will approve 25% instalments every 6 months depending on progress. CMC Vellore Central data management cell will coordinate the project with professional assistance.
New account is being opened with IRA Pan card
As soon as seed money is transferred , will advertise for data entry personnel and identification of centres who will take part in the project.
4. IRA patient welfarecell 1. Form a 10 member cell with regional representation including a young/midcareer co-chair
2. Protect patients from misinformation
3. Negotiate with Govt, Industry insurance for patient friendly drug price including biologics
4. conduct continuing patient education (CPE) program
Dr. KM Mahendranath Joint Patient-clinican session at IRACON Guwahati similar to December 2017 meeting at Vellore being organized.
Pfizer global grant was applied and 50,000 USd has been granted waiting for FCRA certificate. Separate account is being opened.
More patient awareness program / education/ workshops being planned across nation and attempt to achieve all goals
5. IRA Ethics and legal cell 1. Form a 10 member cell with regional representation including a young/midcareer co-chair
2. Conduct Good clinical practice workshop
3. Develop IRA Ethical code of conduct, similar to American Medical association with local relevance and feasibility
4. Form Ethics and research committee to approve IRA initiated projects
5. Have legal education to protect colleagues through professional legal experts
Prof. AlakenduGhosh Committee formed at Kolkata with experts from various areas and constituted the committee as per standard guidelines Starting with GCP workshops Working towards creating Ethics code
6. Intersociety cell 1. Form a 10 member cell with regional representation including a young/midcareer co-chair
2. To collaborate with other societies like IMA, IOA, API and international societies like ACR, EULAR, APLAR, AFLAR, ARLAR, PANLAR, ILAR for education, and related activities
3. To work on Primary care rheumatology
Dr. G Narasimulu Under planning by the chair Will use the chair’s expertise in making IRA visible in the medical profession
7. Media and communication cell 1. Form a 10 member cell with regional representation including a young/midcareer co-chair
2. To monitor website, newsletter, and other vehicles; conduct periodic press conference; highlight rheumatology activities using tv; try for brand ambassador
Dr. URK Rao Updated website Needs to implement all plans
8. Financial cell 1. Form a 10 member cell with regional representation including a young/midcareer co-chair
2. Update all regulatory, tax, GST, FCRA matters
3. Work towards spending of surplus in research, education and buying permanent office space (buy Govt property in consultaion with DrChaturvedi and all senior Delhi colleagues)
4. Create separate account heads for different cells under IRA PAN.
5. Plan annual budget for IRA
Dr. Aman Sharma GST number procured, FCRA registration applied, CA changed due to poor attention to our accounts To implement all plans
9. Central coordination Cell 1. Form a 10 member cell with regional representation including a young/midcareer co-chair
2. To coordinate with all state and local chapters, to assist their activities
3. To coordinate IRACON scientific program
4. To coordinate and assist all Ira activities as and when required
5. To facilitate purchase IRA office property from Govt / DDA flats with proper legal assistance to avoid any middleman activity- with 100% safety
Dr. VedChaturvedi Will start central scientific coordination of IRACON from 2019. To make IRA stronger by implementing all the activities
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