Nov 2012

Letter From Our President

Dear Alumni,

I am privileged and honored to serve you as the president of the CMC alumni organization of North America. I hope to follow the example of my able and distinguished predecessors who laid the foundation of this organization. It is their vision that has led us from the organization’s inception to the present day. During my term, I intend to continue to honor that vision.

For those who do not know me, I am CMC class of 1964, and am married to Dr. Joy Paul, another CMC graduate. After I completed my D.O.M.S and my husband completed his M.S and M.Ch in urology, we left CMC to join the University of California Los Angeles (UCLA) in 1972. There, I began my career in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation and my husband continued his advanced urological training. We have both been in private practice in Los Angeles for over thirty years. Our children and their families live in the area and occupy most of our free time.

I feel fortunate to head an organization where the members revere and cherish their roots: our alma mater, CMC Ludhiana. CMC graduates are truly unique. Not only did we receive an excellent medical education, but also we learned the art of healing and caring for the human being in a holistic and spiritual manner. It is this bond that the CMC family shares and continues to cherish through our Alumni organization.

This year’s meeting was held from October 18 to 20 in Las Vegas, Nevada at the Wynn hotel. Our outgoing president, Dr. Swarnjit Singh, organized a wonderful meeting that was well attended by alumni from all over the United States as well as Australia and India. As always, the meeting provided a time to reconnect, reminisce, and make new friends. A very welcome change was the attendance and enthusiasm of the younger generation of alumni. During the business meeting, we elected the new office bearers for the next term. The elected officials are as follows:

President
Dr Elizabeth Paul (Laly)

Vice President
Dr Arun Adlakha

Secretary
Dr Neena Grewal

Treasurer
Dr Geeta Chhibber

Web & Technical Assistance
Dr Pradeep Sharma

Member at large
Dr Swaranjit Singh
Dr Ananda Krishnan
Dr Deepa Gupta
Dr Nutan Gill
Dr Mandeep Rair

CMC Board of Representatives
Dr Joy Paul
Dr Meenakshi Singh
Dr Sewa Singh
Dr Anil Chhabra

Advisory Board
Dr Sarjit Gill
Dr James Cotelingam
Dr Anil Chhabra


In addition, Reverend Max Marble will serve as the staff person for the CMC Board United States and shall act as the liaison for CMCNAA. His contact information is marbleLCMC@gmail.com. We welcome Max and his wife Sally and we look forward to working with them.

As president, one of my goals is to improve communication among our North American alumni. As a first step, efforts are already underway to compile a more accurate and complete registry of our alumni here in North America. I want to thank Dr. Pradeep Sharma for his commitment to create a social network for the association and the countless hours he is putting in to set up and maintain the website and compile the directory.

I would also like to take this opportunity to reiterate one of the missions of our association: to give back to the alma mater. Each of us should find a way to contribute – whether it is through monetary assistance for purchasing medical equipment or financing a specific staff project, or by volunteering at CMC Ludhiana. Director Dr. Abraham Thomas is always approachable and the CMCNAA can facilitate documentation for tax purposes. His contact information is abrahamgt@hotmail.com. As alumni, it is our responsibility to promote and maintain the institution that we are so proud of to ensure that it remains one of the top centers of excellence for medical care.

Next year’s annual meeting will be held in India, with a six to seven day tour of Kerala (“God’s own Country”) and a three-day trip down memory lane at CMC Ludhiana. The program is open to all CMC graduates and their guests. The details of the trip and program will be posted on the web and you can also contact me if you have any questions. For those in the United States, remember the new rules of travel to India: there must be a gap of at least two months between visits (unless you have OCI status). In order to attend the alumni meeting, you should not plan a trip to India after July 31, 2013.

After talking with the younger alumni at our Las Vegas meeting, I realized that we should revisit the timing of our annual meeting because those with school-going children are not able to attend meetings in October. I hope to schedule the 2014 meeting – which will be held in Los Angeles – in the summer months to facilitate attendance of younger alumni.

Finally, I encourage the alumni to make use of the website to stay connected with the association, and to contact the CMCNAA or the CMC Board Liaison, Max Marble, for any relevant professional assistance. The executive committee remains committed to serve you. Please do not hesitate to contact me with any questions or comments. We hope to see you all next year in India.

Yours truly

Elizabeth Paul MD
President CMCNAA
Home Phone 301-541-3607
Cell Phone 301-801-4757
Email pauleliz@aol.com

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