The Urology fraternity across the globe has witnessed the world`s first virtual conference on 14th June 2020 conducted by the Urological Society of India(USI) and the Youth Organisation of USI (YOU). YOU was established in 2019 to promote the young talents of USI and to aid them in training as well as career building. The first annual conference of YOU-Youth conclave had to be conducted ‘virtual’ because of COVID pandemic. But this was not a hurdle to the young brigades who were led by the experienced council of the USI. This program was well conceived under the able leadership of Dr. Rajeev TP, honorary secretary of USI. Dr. Dilip Kumar Mishra and Dr. BM Zeeshan Hameed were the convenors of the record breaking event who left no stone unturned by their stupendous efforts.
USI-YOU Youth Conclave was conducted on Zoom platform with simultaneous live streaming in swarnimtouch, Facebook live on the USI Facebook page and Youtube. More than 1000 people witnessed the mega live virtual conference in various platforms continuously for more than 8 hours. The program started with welcome address by the honourable USI Secretary Dr.Rajeev TP followed by the honourable USI President Dr.Anant Kumar`s address to the large number of urologists who had joined for the meeting. Dr.C.Mallikarjuna, the President elect briefed about how Youth USI was formed, its future prospects and its long term missions. There were 30 wonderful lectures covering various topics in Lower urinary tract, Urolithiasis, Uro-oncology and Laparoscopy. The experts in each field summarised each session at the end which along with their valuable inputs made every session a unique blend of youth and experienced. The case based discussions in Uro-oncology moderated by Dr. Bhavan Rai (UK) and Urolithiasis moderated by Prof Bhaskar Somani (UK) simulating the real life scenarios encouraged more participants to interact with the national and international panelists. The participants enjoyed the hot debate on Supine Vs Prone PCNL which was like the Indian curry adding more spice to the program. The beauty of this virtual conference was the discipline towards time, every speaker was sticking on to the time allotted and there was no delay in the program despite being virtual. When the program concluded after a series of lectures, debate and case based discussions it was quite obvious that everyone relished the academic feast. Though the participants missed the personal interaction and the travel, they all enjoyed the program seated at various parts of the world!