The 2020-2021 Presidential Year is About….

Dr. Mohit Bhandari and the COA leadership are focussed on reconnecting with COA members this year. Events of the past year have shaken the world and impacted so many of our connections – including those with the COA. Although we may not be able to physically gather with everyone, these connections, conversations and opportunities can still happen through virtual means and on a more personal scale. Dr. Bhandari and various members of the COA leadership will reconnect with the orthopaedic community from coast to coast, cities to townships, north to south, current members and non-members, residents to retirees. Whether face to face, or virtual, we promise to listen, learn, share insights, and act in whatever capacity we can. Our Canada-wide “ReCOAnnect 2020-2021” in person and virtual tour begins soon.

If you and colleagues from your region would like participate in the tour, please contact president@canorth.org to schedule a virtual or in person chat.

In lieu of the customary transfer of office ceremony, Dr. Bhandari had the honour of receiving the medal of office from his daughter, Kaya

Becoming Number 75: A President’s Story

Written, Narrated in the First Person by Dr. Mohit Bhandari

Just over 128 weeks ago, I received a call from Dr. Peter MacDonald, COA Past President. A call steeped in decades of COA tradition. A call from the Chair of the Nominating Committee to share news of my nomination as 2nd President Elect of the Canadian Orthopaedic Association. In his words, “Mo, this is a big decision. Please discuss this with your family and let me know…”

“I accept!” I interrupted him from finishing.

“What? Are you sure you don’t need time to discuss with your wife?”

“No, it’s all good. Sonia will be delighted.”

“Okay, please keep this confidential until we announce this at the Victoria Meeting.”

“Got it. And thank you Peter”.

Immediately, I texted Sonia, my partner of 22 years.

“I just received a huge honour of being nominated as President Elect of the COA.”

Even after 22 years, I really never know what’s coming after the three-dot text bubble.

“Well, you didn’t just say yes, did you? It’s a big decision involving both me and Kaya.” She texted back.

“Wow. Sonia. Of course not. Do you think I’d just say YES without discussing this with you first?”

She already knew I had said yes without discussing it first. I have been a perpetual –‘over the line stepper’ — I have 7 mountain bikes and after each purchase, I’ve told her it’s absolutely the last one.