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The idea that the Indian Medical Association (IMA) could host a congress on person-centered medicine (PCM) was presented at the 10th Geneva Conference on PCM in April 2017. The idea was well received and accepted by Prof. Ketan Desai, then President of the World Medical Association (WMA) and former President of the IMA. Soon thereafter preparations began as a collaborative effort of IMA and the International College of Person Centered Medicine (ICPCM). A contract was signed by representatives of IMA and ICPCM stipulating the framework and the financial issues of the congress.