``Knowing is better than wondering. Waking is better than sleeping, and even the biggest failure, is worth one try.``

When we say there are hurdles preventing us to really change lives for the greater good, I believe there are millions of people across the globe and surely a bunch of people who are sharing similar problems, probably much worse, and you could indeed be the one to set an example for them as a youth leader to tackle these problems gracefully and make a difference !

The past year was difficult to overcome. Yet I believe the pandemic indeed helped to understand the importance of healthcare system and the essence of solidarity. It was difficult to comprehend during the beginning of the pandemic, the ways to carry forward the true values of our organization, as we were struck blank with the drastic changes across the world in terms of communication and commuting !

I would not shy away from mentioning how things went to take huge strides instead, because of the diligence of my Executive Board and the Managing Board, despite the times which were considered as ‘terrible’ by all, due to the consequences of the pandemic. Instead of having things take a standstill during such unprecedented times, I saw true leadership qualities developed among youth leaders at all levels of the organization and many more volunteers, who stepped up gracefully to contribute their time and learnings throughout the year for the betterment of the society, their colleagues and themselves. It has been satisfying to see everyone pulling in the same direction and keep up with our vision for AMSA India of ‘Under Promise and Over Deliver.’

The best achievement throughout the year was to see transformational leadership qualities inculcated among many members across the country with the essence of altruism which did make things to escalate from planning phase to implementation & impact phase and which I wish to stay the same way in the upcoming years.

Yes, It wasn’t always a smooth ride, just like a rollercoaster, sometimes too bumpy, but surely we knew the tracks were set in place, the pace was right and the destination being the same in our minds !

It was a breakthrough for AMSA India when we had our first ever national conference AMSACON, which was an academic and cultural extravaganza attracting thousands of medical students across the country. With 350% increase in the activities and participation across the country, we were also successful to revamp the Public Health & Research Department with 11 newly established public health sustainable projects and work towards Sustainable Development Goals with the help of several toolkits and establish yet another department, MERSA (Medicos Education & Research department of AMSA India) dedicated solely to increase the research acumen among medical students across the country and bring like-minded research enthusiasts together through structured research training and research publishing models. These breakthroughs were made possible through collation of several ideas by our youth leaders, and which I believe would only get better in the years to come. I must not forget to acknowledge the very importance of collaborations with our local, national and international partners who supported us to fill the lacunae in our project plans.

It has been and will always be an honour to be able to be contribute to the best of my abilities through AMSA India. But it’s still a long way to go.

Many more opportunities to provide and be a part of.

Many more ideas to be discussed.

Many more lacunae to be filled.

Many more lives to have an impact on.

 

It’s the people who make an organization what it is, and what it could be, while the organization itself provides a platform to create an impact together.

I’m sure, our new Executive Board of 2021/22 led by my friend, my colleague, my confidant, and I must call her, an epitome of great leadership, our new Regional Chairperson for the year 2021/22, Khushman Kaur Bhullar, will help me get through the point happily, at which I have to hand on the baton to new leadership.

Yet, for now, with a heavy heart, I’ll take your leave as the Regional Chairperson, while staying close to our true values of :

Knowledge.

Action.

Friendship.

See you around

And the Mic Drops !

Signing Out

Dr. Priyansh Nathani