History of the Nepalese Doctors' Association: Annual General Meetings since establishment
The first ever get together of families of Nepalese doctors in the UK was in Chesterfield in 1984. There was a good turnout, although the event was just for one night. It was clear that there was enough support to plan further meetings. The second meeting was held in London 1985. The first formal assembly of the executive committee was in 1986. Subsequent meetings are detailed in Table 1. As more and more doctors became aware of the NDA, membership increased and now exceeds 100. Over the years, the annual general meeting (AGM) became a 3 day event due to popular demand. We all remember the entertaining cultural programmes of Friday night! The scientific session also became a regular addition to the timetable, with fantastic talks from external speakers highly regarded in their field. In recent times, the scientific session has been a platform for presentation of original audits and research from Nepalese doctors including those in training. For many the highlight was the gala dinner on Saturday. The attendance for this event was over 200 in some cases. The atmosphere at the AG's has always been relaxed with much emphasis on the social aspects. For some the AGM was the only opportunity to catch up on the events of the year. The NDA celebrated its 25th anniversary due to the very loyal support of members and their families over the years. I am sure the future of the NDA is secure, and would like to encourage particularly trainees to take an active role.