The 7th Annual Indian Society of Anaesthesiologist State conference, “PONCON 2016” was successfully conducted in Mahatma Gandhi Medical College and research institute, by the Department of Anesthesiology and Critical Care, on January 7th and 8th 2017,  under the guidance of our beloved Professor M Ravi Shankar, Dean MGMCRI.  The activities were headed by Professor T Sivashanmugam, the Organising Chairman and Professor V R Hemanth Kumar the Organising Secretary.  The theme of the conference was to elaborate on the “Changing Trends in Anaesthesia”.  A total of 250 delegates, from all over India attended.

The CME on the 7th was inaugurated by Professor K R Sethuraman, Vice-Chancellor, Sri Balaji Vidyapeeth University, who was our Chief Guest.  Other prestigious invited dignitaries included ISA National Secretary Dr. Venkatagiri and Dr. V Gopu, ISA state Vice President.

A Quick Reference Guide to Brachial Plexus Block, created by the Faculty and Fellows of FUGRA was released during the inauguration by Dr Venkatagiri, followed by the Scientific lectures which were delivered by a Panel of experts from various states, in the field of Anaesthesiology and Critical Care.  The Delegates had a chance to do poster presentations and participate in Quiz, conducted on the 7th January 2017.

A grand Banquet followed at Hotel Athithi, with colourful entertainment by the very talented Interns, Post Graduates and Faculty from the Department of Anaesthesia, MGMCRI.

On the 2nd day of the conference, a total of 4 Hands-On, live workshops were conducted, in which 150 delegates had the opportunity to interact and participate.   The theme of the workshops followed with the theme of the conference enabling the delegates to view the subject of Anaesthesiology from the very basic cadaveric dissection, to actually managing a true life crisis situation, or compiling data for research projects and monitoring the neurological status of anaesthetised patients.

The workshops were a major success due the cooperative efforts and guidance of Faculties from the Department of Anatomy and Preventive & Social Medicine, MGMCRI and Faculties from the Department of Anaesthesiology and Critical Care, JIPMER, and our various invited faculties from ISA Puducherry.

All in all “PONCON 2016” was captivating collaborative exercise under a focused guidance for successful execution of the first of its kind workshops and Informative Evidence-based Scientific lectures.