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Fall is my favorite time of the year! After a hectic summer schedule of work, travel, house visitors, I get to experience the amazing colorful foliage of Michigan, visit apple orchards to enjoy cider and warm donuts! And the, of course eagerly await Thanksgiving and the year-end Holiday season for enjoying with family and friends!

However this year, I realize that I have lot of work to do as the new President of AKMG! As I gear up for this hard work, let me acknowledge the immense contribution of all the past Presidents of AKMG who have helped make AKMG a giant Indian medical alumni organization in North America and perhaps in the world! It's their resolve, perseverance, energy, and hard work which I hope to build on during my tenure as the President. I will continue to strengthen the ongoing efforts of AKMG in the areas of humanitarian services, educational activities, mentorship programs, as well as in the social and cultural programs that we have become so accustomed to during these pandemic times.

Talking about AKMG's Humanitarian Services and in keeping with the AKMG tradition of providing humanitarian assistance and involvement with medically-related activities in Kerala, I have identified Pallium India under the able leadership of the renowned Dr. M.V. Rajagopal, which provides invaluable palliative care for the needy and indigent in Kerala as an institute that needs our wholehearted support. I had the opportunity to meet Dr. Rajagopal in Trivandrum recently and visited their facility and interacted with their team members. Over the next several weeks, I will share additional thoughts on how all of us together, and through our AKMG's Humanitarian Services can provide Pallium India with reasonable financial support to help them continue their noble mission.

We hosted a successful first Zoom session for our members in celebration of Kerala Piravi Day on October 29, 2022. As per the request of several members, we shall plan such sessions periodically as we move forward.

Our annual AKMG convention is scheduled for July 20-22, 2023 in Grand Rapids, Michigan. An amazing place with a small city vibe, with charm and sophistication that our members demand! Please save these dates in your calendars and ensure your attendance and participation. Committees to handle convention needs are being formed with a mandate to leave no stone unturned to ensure a memorable convention for all to reconnect and rejuvenate, educate and learn about medical advances, and to entertain and be entertained with amazing social and cultural activities! You will see convention details regularly updated through group WhatsApp, Emails and generally on our AKMG website. PLEASE BE THERE!

I look forward to seeing you and knowing more about all of you as we continue with our highly interactive remote educational, social and musical programs!

Roll on AKMG!

Geetha Nair, MD
President, AKMG