It’s more than 15 years now, when I decided to branch out and focus on development of Pediatric Emergency Medicine. While ICU has alreadygathered momentum, ER care was getting neglected. It was not being realized that ICU outcomes depend on good initial ER management. The biggest challenge was to convince and create awareness regarding pediatric emergency medicine as a speciality which is different from critical care. Thestruggle was at multiple fronts, in my department, at my hospital, at medical community and at organizations like Indian Academy of Pediatrics and National Board. Most of the people were still confusing ER with ICU and considered both to be same thing. At beginning, it was like swimming alone without anyone else in sight. This was the time, I came in contact with people like Dr Indu and Dr Meera who were already working for development of ER in India. Then, Dr Surpure and Dr Singhi came in my life who guided us how to move forward. Initially we did few PEM courses in Delhi. Dr Induand Dr Meera were already doing such courses at their respective places. Now we decided to organize first national conference on PEM. We held our first NAPEM at Delhi in 2009 where people from India and Abroad gathered to share their views on PEM in India. With the help of all the stakeholder, we established our society STEP in 2009. Then therewas no looking back. NAPEM became a brand name. Next step was to start a fellowship in PEM. Commitment of Dr Indu, Dr Meera, Dr Jayanti and Dr Radhika ensured that fellowship was initiated in 2012. At the same time, we were looking for recognition of PEM as distinct specialty at IAP level. Initially people tried to mark it as small part of ICUand Dr Anand Shandilya also started a GEM course under IAP Intensive Care Chapter. However we were not convinced as this would have prevented the growth of PEM in India forever. The only option was to enter the executive board of CIAP and get the things going. In 2012, I decided to contest the EB elections and enter the CIAP main organization. With support of all the well-wishers, we could convince the CIAP to create PEM chapter. Now we were stirring in right direction with right motives. Then we realized that PEM and Adult EM are not in the same dias in-spite of both having common mission which is to improve emergency care services in India. With far-reaching vision and leadership of stalwarts like Dr V P Chandershakeran,Dr Tamorish, Dr Srinath and Dr Imron from Society for Emergency Medicine,India (SEMI) we could bring the PEM and Adult EM on the same dias. With the help of SEMI and STEP, we could set our next agenda in motion to persuade MCI and NB to start the MD Program and Fellowship program in PEM. Both of them have agreed in principle but the seed still has to sprout and grow.I hope that new leaderships and enthusiasm of young generation will take this mission to greater heights.
The Society for Emergency Medicine India (SEMI) is the largest group of trained and qualified emergency physicians and paramedics in India. SEMi was the first organization to bring together all emergency physicians, paramedics and EM nurses in India when it conducted the first EMCON in May 1999. SEMI has been working closely with STEP for the development of PEM in India We are proud to host NAPEM 2018 in Bengaluru and look forward to meeting you at NAPEM 2018, Bengaluru.
The Society for Emergency Medicine India (SEMI) is the largest group of trained and qualified
emergency physicians and paramedics in India. SEMi was the first organization to bring together all emergency physicians, paramedics andEM nurses in India when it conducted the first EMCON in May 1999. SEMI has been working closely with STEP for the development of PEM in India. We are proud to host NAPEM 2018 in Bengaluru and look forward to meeting you at NAPEM 2018, Bengaluru.