surgery met in Shimoga, Karnataka on 22 November 1992, under the
guidance of Dr. Balu Sankaran, Ex. D.G.H.S. GOI and Dr. N. H. Antia,
Senior Plastic Surgeon, Director F.M.R. and adviser to GOI on health
related policies. All felt that it was time to start an Association
of Rural Surgeons of India (A.R.S.I.). The ARSI
was formally launched at the Mahatma Gandhi Institute of Medical
Sciences, Sevagram, during its first conference in 1993.
in the past the rural surgeons have never been organized in
to any associations. They remained in the background, unnoticed
and unrecognized despite their devoted service at an affordable
cost and vital role in the health care of majority of the
population. Association of Rural Surgeons of India
(ARSI) is an association for such surgeons.
A group of seven practitioners who believe in the importance
of improving and developing rural
ARSI aims to take appropriate surgery to the doorsteps of
the rural population. Since ARSI believes
that basic surgery can be learnt by MBBS doctors and specialists
of allied surgical branches like the Obstetricians & Gynaecologists,
Orthopaedicians, ENT surgeons etc, the membership has been opened
to them. MBBS doctors who have been practicing surgery for five
or more years are eligible for membership.