Indian Chest Society.
Dear ICS members,
It gives me great joy to share with you that ICS has signed an MOU with ATS to jointly conduct MECOR, India. This is another landmark for ICS in international cooperation, this time in the area of ‘Research’.
MECOR (Methods in Epidemiologic, Clinical, and Operations Research) was developed by the American Thoracic Society (ATS). It is a multi-level applied research methods training course intended for clinicians, investigators, academicians, and public health professionals, globally, who primarily work with pulmonary diseases. The objective of the MECOR Program is to prepare current or aspiring investigators, academicians, clinicians, and public health practitioners to design and conduct high-quality research that is relevant to the needs of the settings in which they work. The overall goal of the MECOR Program is to aid the improvement of global lung health through the development of local, country, and regional lung disease research capacity in low and middle-income countries.
The MECOR Curriculum is designed to provide applied research training through a series of intensive one week-long classroom-based programs (in an Indian centre) that combine lectures and small group discussion with 1:1 mentoring and online remote learning activities over a 2-year period to facilitate the development, implementation, analysis, and write-up of a research protocol. The call for application with a link to the application portal will soon be out in the ICS website for interested candidates.
I hope this will open a new vista for the ICS members who are interested in learning to perform high quality research from the well-established International and National researcher faculty.
Goals & Objectives
The main objective of the Society was to generate and disseminate knowledge on respiratory medicine through following activities
- Promoting the dissemination of Knowledge and Research in the field of Respiratory Medicine
- Organizing academic conferences, meetings and workshops at International, National, Zonal
- and sub-zonal levels, to bring together the medical fraternity & members of their health care team for the pursuit of knowledge and facilitation of good practices in Respiratory medicine
- Organizing Patient awareness and educational programmes at various levels to spread knowledge and understanding of the importance of Respiratory diseases
- Facilitating the creation of trained Medical manpower, required for handling the need of the patients requiring Respiratory & Critical services
- Supporting the creation and nurture of appropriate technical manpower required to perform and assist in various Diagnostic and Therapeutic activities related to the field of Respiratory & Critical care medicine
- Running courses for the members and other practitioners in the field of Respiratory medicine.
- Collaborating with other National and International Societies for the achievement of common goals and facilitate exchange knowledge
- Promoting basic and advanced research in Respiratory medicine and to create disease registry of various Respiratory diseases in the country.
- Playing an advocacy role with the Government and other Non-Governmental Organizations for the betterment of the speciality.
- Doing such acts may be deemed necessary to fulfill the objectives of the Society and its development.