Amidst the global crisis of COVID 19, where the membership has contributed significantly towards the common goal of containing the pandemic in our country, I am delighted to inform you that we are getting ready for this year’s ultimate pinnacle, The Annual academic sessions; SIMCON 2020 which will be held from 4th to 6th November 2020 at Hotel Grand Kandyan, Kandy. As Clinicians, we have faced the most crucial juncture of our lifetime being the frontline runners in managing COVID 19 pandemic. Though the global scenario of COVID 19 is really alarming, Sri Lanka with its limited facilities has successfully managed to sustain the spread of COVID 19. To pay tribute to the yeoman service done by our membership in the field of Internal Medicine, we have selected the theme for this year as “Devotion and diligence through courage, incomparable”
SIMCON 2020 would be a novel experience for members of Sri Lanka College of Internal medicine as it will be a Hybrid conference linking virtual and physical presence through modern technology. Many renowned international and national speakers have expressed willingness to contribute as resource persons to update and empower internal medicine specialists in the fields of metabolic, tropical, geriatric, cardiovascular and respiratory medicine. There will also be a “Veterans file”, a novel concept to share the clinical experience of veterans among the participants. With the intention of bridging the knowledge gap among the nursing staff we have planned a pre-congress workshop for nursing officers for the first time in the history of SLCIM. Moreover I believe that the NIV workshop with hands on experience conducted by the experts in the field would undoubtedly benefit all our members and the workshops targeting the MD Medicine part 2 examination will be immensely useful for the post graduate trainees.
All these will be in addition to the grand Inauguration and the SIMCON Oration on the opening day for the conference. As The incumbent President
I invite our membership scattered across the Island to patronize SIMCON by submitting your work by way of orations and scientific abstracts.
I would also very Sincerely appeal to the membership to reserve these three days in your calendar to attend the SIMCON 2020 as your presence will epitomize the strength and the solidarity of our young and vibrant association, SLCIM.
Prof. Thilak Jayalath
Professor in Medicine
Faculty of Medicine & Teaching Hospital Peradeniya.
President SLCIM 2020/21