I hope that you enjoyed attending the 10th Guidelines International Network (G-I-N) annual conference in San Francisco, USA. I would like to congratulate and thank you all for making it such a great educational experience for all of us. Whether you were an attendee or a presenter, you made the annual conference such a successful event. I was truly impressed by the high quality of the scientific content as well as lively and active participation from the floor.
I am very delighted and honored to be re-elected as the chair of the G-I-N. I very much appreciate your trust and confidence in me and I will do my very best to serve you over the coming year. G-I-N Board of Trustees and its Committees will continue to work towards delivering valuable services to our members, increasing our membership, and evaluating our core business, including financial stability and growth. You have probably heard of the G-I-N’s announcement regarding the launch of a voluntary reporting program using G-I-N standards starting August 2013 for any guideline that will be submitted for inclusion in its library. We are also in the process of updating our website, launching a webinar series, and establishing online interest groups where G-I-N members can post questions or communicate with each other including listing their current guideline projects or systematic reviews in progress. In addition, we are in the process of establishing new regional networks. Based on some of the feedback and conversations at the San Francisco Conference, we are also soon going to establish some new G-I-N Communities and Workgroups so please stay tuned.
I would also like to hear from you regarding your ideas on how we can make G-I-N a better home for all of you. Please feel free to contact me via email at firstname.lastname@example.org or call me at +1 215 3512837.
You are the spirit of G-I-N and you are the network. I am very grateful for all you do for G-I-N.
Amir Qaseem, MD, PhD, MHA, FACP (Philadelphia, USA)
Chair of G-I-N (2012-14)