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Year : 2017  |  Volume : 4  |  Issue : 2  |  Page : 35

People who cause the change will lead … so let us!

Editor, Jain Institute of Vascular Sciences, Bengaluru, Karnataka, India

Date of Web Publication5-May-2017

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Kalkunte R Suresh
Editor, Jain Institute of Vascular Sciences, Bengaluru, Karnataka
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DOI: 10.4103/ijves.ijves_18_17

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The calendar on his desk read April 27, 1889, and the clock struck two. In the soft pool of light from a reading lamp, the “Father of Modern Medicine” was composing his valedictory address “Aequanimitas – Equanimity,” to students of University of Pennsylvania before moving on to Johns Hopkins, one of his most inspiring addresses ever, among many others!* It would be apt to educe some of his, Sir William Osler's, quotes here:

“… He who studies medicine without books sails an uncharted sea, but he who studies medicine without patients does not go to sea at all…”

“… The killing vice of young doctor is intellectual laziness… and the most dangerous foe is academic apathy and indifference from whatever cause…”

The inexorable progress in the practice of art and science of vascular specialty, driven by rapidly changing technological innovations, leads us to “sail into unchartered seas” and we cannot navigate without the help of books and journals; the knowledge cannot be dispersed if there is “academic laziness and apathy” which Sir William Osler recognized as “intellectual failings.” I am sure the fledging vascular specialty in India, with a sizeable numbers of young vascular surgeons and related fields, is above and beyond these imperfections decreed by him. Only the inputs, or rather academic articles, from you all can elevate IJVES to greater heights!

The Founding Editorial Board, led by Dr. Ramesh Tripathi, has indeed done a creditable job in launching and nourishing this quarterly journal over the past 3 years. At present, the responsibility lies with us, the new editorial board, to nurture the journal to achieve academic excellence.

The journal will have increase in a number of articles and pages. The circulation will quadruple from present 500 to 2000 and hopefully become bimonthly from next year. We should distribute this to teaching institutions across India, not just vascular departments. It should reach general surgeons, cardiologists, cardiothoracic surgeons, interventional radiologists, and other specialties. It would spread awareness about vascular diseases and the exemplary work done by vascular surgeons/specialists in the country.

The present, zealous Editorial Board had a protracted meeting on February 10, 2017, at New Delhi, along with the publishers and has sketched out an ambitious future for the Journal (which will only be partially evident in April 2017 issue). This column is too short to enumerate these details, but you will appreciate the efforts and intent as you peruse the pages of this edition. We will have two lead review articles every issue, apart from several original articles, appraised and commented by our exemplary Consultant Editors and others.

IJVES provides a true platform for all of us to publish our own data and share our rich and diversified experience, procedures performed in less than ideal situations, and patient care provided under difficult circumstances. I am sure many from around the globe will start contributing too and some have already done so! VSI conferences started on a low-key, unpretentious note over two decades ago and since then the scientific contents have rapidly progressed to very high academic standards. The Journal will follow the same path, but in a shorter time span. We request every practitioner and every postgraduate student in vascular surgery and related specialties to submit at least one article per year.

Let us all contribute to the journal, to make it easier to sail smoothly across unchartered seas. Sir Osler would definitely approve!

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