Indian Medical Association is the only representative, national voluntary organization of Doctors of Modern Scientific System of Medicine, which looks after the interest of doctors as well as the well being of the community at large. Indian Medical Association in the year 1946 helped in organization of the World body, namely, World Medical Association, and thus became its founder member. As an organization it has been, and continues to play an important role in its deliberations. It hosted the III World Conference on Medical Education under the joint auspices of W.M.A. and I.M.A. in New Delhi in 1966.
History of IMA Community Services Day
The founding fathers way back in 1928, while struggling for liberation of the Motherland from British rule simultaneously felt the need of a national organization of the medical profession. Before that, some members of the profession - a selected few- were members of the British Medical Association, which had opened branches in India to cater to the local needs. These stalwarts, ultimately succeeded in formation of Indian Medical Association and reached an agreement with the British Medical Association that they will have no branch in India, and got mutually affiliated, which relationship continues till today. Today, I.M.A. is a well established organization with its Headquarters at Delhi and State / Terr. Branches in 23 States and 9 Union Territories. It has over 1,78,000 doctors as its members through over 1700 local branches spread all over the country.Functions of IMA Community Service Day
Today, I.M.A is a well established organization with is Headquarters at New Delhi and State / Terr. Branches in 23 States and 9 union Territories. It has over 1,78,000 doctors as its members through over 1284 local branches spread all over the country. The general control management and direction of the policy of the Association is vested in the 'CENTRAL COUNCIL' to which local branches send representatives and which meets once a year to lay down policies. It delegates its powers to 'WORKING COMMITTEEE' (A representatives body of all State/Territorial Branches) for implementation of programs and activities (but without powers to change the rules). This committee meets at least three times a year to execute various activities for welfare of members and the people in matters of health.Objectives of IMA Community Services Day
- Promotion and Advancement of Medical and allied sciences in all their different branches.
- The improvement of public Health and Medical Education in India.
- The maintenance of honor and dignity of medical profession.
- Prior to the formation of the Association, for All India Medical Conferences had been held the first at Calcutta in 1917 under the President ship of Lt. Col. Raghavendra Rao, the second at Delhi in 1918 with Sir Nil Ratan Sircar as the President, the third in 1919 with Dr. M.N.Odedar as its President and the Fourth at Nagpur in 1920 under the President ship of Rao Bahadur Dr. Maharaj Krishnan Kapur. It was at the 5th conference held at Calcutta on 28th December, 1928 under the President ship of Dr. G. V. Deshmukh of Bombay, that a resolution was adopted forming an All India Medical Association with the objects of promotion and advancement of medical and allied sciences in their different branches, the improvement of public health and medical education in India and the maintenance of honor and dignity of the medical profession. In the year 1930, the All Indian Medical Association and the body was duly registered under the Societies Registration Act, XXI of 1860.
- Though the Association was formed with only 222 members. Yet even with this numerical strength, it could achieve its position of strength, it could achieve its position of strength and command respect from the British rulers. It could prevent the appointment of British rulers. It could prevent the appointment of British IMS Officer as a Commissioner of Medical Education in 1929 and it could achieve to organize an all India Medical Register and include the licentiates in it. The Medical Council of India Act was got amended to have an elected President in place of a nominated one and it was a matter of a pride that Dr. B. C. Roy, one of the most illustrious past Presidents of IMA, became the first elected President of Medical Council of India followed by many other illustrious presidents of IMA gracing the exalted chair including the past president of the Medical Council of India Late Dr. A. K. N. Sinha.
- IMA has been pursuing the academic activities and continuing education of its members through its academic wings viz., IMA College of General Practitioners (IMA CGP) and the IMA Academy of Medical Specialties (IMAAMS). Through the IMA CGP which is a Founder member of the World Organization of the National Colleges and Academies, (WONCA), third Conference on General Practice was hosted by the IMA in the year 1968. It is a matter of pride that the first ever Fellowship of the World Organization was conferred on one of our illustrious Past Presidents, Dr. P.C. Bhatia.
- Over the period of 72 years, the IMA while maintaining its glorious traditions has secured a place of pride in the community, through its 1700 branches with a total membership of about 1,78,000 throughout the country. It has been rendering yeoman's service in the field of health care deliver, disease control and eradication. Its services to the community during natural calamities like earthquakes, droughts and floods, famines and epidemics in the pre and post-Independence periods have been highly lauded. Its role and involvement in the formulation and implementation of National Health Programs e.g. Family Welfare, Maternal and Child Health, Universal Immunization Program, Oral Rehydration Therapy, AIDS Prevention, Control and Management etc., has been highly significant and has received recognition by the Central and state Governments and the UNICEF. The IMA and its branches have been running many community service Projects and a number of branches have established Family Welfare Clinics, Immunization Centers, Ambulance Services, Blood Banks, Polio Eradications and RCH programs, etc.
- Indian Medical Association publishes a Scientific Journal called 'Journal of the Indian Medical Association' a copy of which is mailed to each and every member of the Association. "Your Health" in English and "Aap Ka Swasthya" in Hindi are published regularly and cater to health education needs of the lay public. Some of the State Branches are also publishing their bulletins in English and/or Regional languages. IMA News is published monthly by the IMA Headquarters. Besides this, IMA College of General Practitioners has a publication named "Continuing Medical Education" Bulletin. With a view to make it more relevant to Family Medicine, the title of this Bulletin has been changed to "Family Medicine " India from the year 1996. The College has published a number of books. It is hardening to note that most of the articles had been voluntarily subscribed by the members of the Association. The IMA Academy of Medical Specialties is now publishing the "Annuals" Quarterly, containing original articles, interesting case reports, review articles by eminent medical specialists and super specialists.
- IMA College of General Practitioners has been conducting regular examinations twice a year and the successful candidates became eligible for the award of Fellowship.
- The IMA AMS also awards Fellowships every year to selected highly distinguished specialists.
"May happiness come to all, May all be free from disease. May every one of us ensure, that no one suffers from pain or sorrow. Neither do I desire the crown nor heaven nor rebirth, I only desire to alleviate the suffering of creatures burning in the fire of pain or sorrow."Theme
"Be in health. Be active in Public health"
Medical Days In a Year
|1||IMA Community Services Day||15 January|
|2||Anti Leprosy Day||30 January|
|3||World Cancer Day||4 February|
|4||World Kidney Day||8 March|
|5||World TB Day||24 March|
|6||Measles Immunization Day||31 March|
|7||World Health Day||7 April|
|8||World Homoeopathy Day||10 April|
|9||World Hemophilia Day||17 April|
|10||World Malaria Day||25 April|
|11||World Asthma Day||3 May|
|12||International Nurses Day||12 May|
|13||World No Tobacco Day||31 May|
|14||World Blood Donor Day||14 June|
|15||Anti Drug Abuse Day||26 June|
|16||Doctors Day||1 July|
|17||World Breastfeeding Week||1 August|
|18||Eye Donation Fortnight||25 August|
|19||World Rabies Day||28 September|
|20||World Heart Day||29 September|
|21||IMA Anti Quackery Day||2 October|
|22||World Mental Health Day||10 October|
|23||World Sight Day||11 October|
|24||World Immunization Day||10 November|
|25||World Diabetes Day||14 November|
|26||World Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease Day||16 November|
|27||National Epilepsy Day||17 November|
|28||World AIDS Day||1 December|
|29||International Day of People with Disabilities||3 December|