IMA to organize centenary conference to debate on key issues Conference being organized 100 years after the first one in 1970 New Delhi, 24 April 2017: The Indian Medical Association is organizing a Centenary Conference on 23 and 24 September 2017. The centenary conference is being organized 100 years after the 1st Medical Conference in India in 1970 in Kolkata. Over 400 top doctors and policy makers in the country will be deliberating on various issues as part of the proceedings. The conference will deliberate on the history and advancement of medicine in India. State-of-the-art centenary lectures will also be held as part of the event. Giving details about the event Padma Shri Awardee Dr K K Aggarwal, National President, IMA and Dr R N Tandon, Honorary Secretary General, IMA said, "It is a moment of pride to be organizing this conference after 100 years. Medicine as a field has seen many changes since the time the first conference was held and this will be a platform for thought leaders and doctors to discuss and debate on issues facing the medical fraternity today. IMA is committed to solving six major issues: protection of MCI autonomy; capping of compensation; insulation against violence by way of a central act; amendments in CEA and PC PNDT act; and ban on non-MBBS, non-BDS doctors prescribing modern medicine drugs. The medical profession is facing a paradigm shift in public behavior and needs insulation against any violation. There has been a marked shift in public expectations. A central act against violence is the need of the hour." A coffee book on 100 top achievers in medical field in the last Centenary will be released during the conference. The event which was declared in the recently held Central Working Committee of IMA will be attended by all presidents and secretaries of IMA State Branches and Presidents and secretaries of all specialist organizations in India. Adding further, Dr K K Aggarwal, said," The true strength of IMA lies in our unity and common commitment to the betterment of the medical profession. We propose to work hand in hand to help establish ourselves as the voice of the medical fraternity globally." IMA represents the collective consciousness of 2.7 lakh doctors across 1700 local branches and 31 state branches. It is the largest non-government organization of doctors of modern medicine in the world. It connects the medical fraternity to one another on a daily basis. Its strength is its troop of more than 35,000 IMA leaders / office bearers, who live and breathe IMA.