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From President's Desk

 
 

It gives me great pleasure to invite you all to Gurgaon, ‘The Millennium City’, for the Platinum APICON 2015. The conference aims to provide a comprehensive scientific programme in keeping with the central theme – ‘Optimising Patient Care’. The challenge is to gather all the technological advances, therapeutic support, scientific evidence and systematic health care services in a consolidated capsule for the benefit of the patient.

At APICON 2015, we hope to reaffirm our commitment as experts in medicine. We are in the midst of a dilemma and perhaps a critical moment in the history of medicine’s existence. On one hand we have scaled unimaginable scientific challenges and crossed the most daring frontiers of knowledge to acquire unparalleled methods of treatments in every sphere of medicine, while on the other hand, the costs of accessing medical expertise has reached phenomenal levels. Every country in the world is asking the same question – can we afford it? The health sector is key to India’s growth story, and therefore the question of providing the best patient care with rational costs is integral to our fraternity. Optimising patient care requires knowledge and technological support, along with optimising processes, simplifying information, promoting sustainable healthy options, and imbibing a spirit of constant introspection thereby leading to viable innovations.

The latest medical advancements will be presented in unique formats at APICON 2015. In addition to didactic lectures, orations, theme-based symposia, state of the art sessions, and debates, there will be case based discussions and workshops to enhance practical knowledge and its application in day-to-day practice. Some of the special features include discussions on healthcare and medical education issues in India by domain experts. Emergency public health, medical preparedness for nuclear holocaust, space medicine, patient safety, pharmacovigilance, doctor-patient relationship, and communication skills for doctors will all be presented. In order to share experiences, a large number of international speakers have been invited, including, those from neighbouring countries like Bangladesh. A delegation from the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons, Glasgow, including its president, Prof. Francis Dunn, will also be participating and sharing their experience at the plenary session.

Research is integral to the development of medical science and I am proud to provide a platform for young researchers to present more than 1000 original papers and case presentations on Indian data at the conference. Two halls have been kept separately for presentation of Indian research work. For the first time in APICON, the poster session will be presented in electronic format.

Prevention of diseases is key to a healthy life. Sessions on preventive medicine, nutrition and lifestyle have also been given prominence. Lastly, I would like to specially mention some of the unique clinical sessions, such as: common mistakes in clinical practice, common conditions - difficult to treat, physicians health session, art of medicine session and a ‘Make in India’ session where Indian drugs and newer usage of drugs in India will be presented.

I must congratulate the Gurgaon Organising Committee, headed by, Dr. Muneesh Prabhakar and Dr. Ashok Taneja for working tirelessly to make this conference a memorable event. The enormous task of being Chairman Scientific Committee would not have been possible without the help and guidance of my API mentor Dr. Y.P. Munjal, and the support of Dr. Siddharth N Shah and Dr. Milind Nadkar from the JAPI and API. Dr. Shashank Joshi and Dr. Murganathan have provided guidance and support at every step. My special thanks to Dr. Pritam Gupta, Dr. Anupam Prakash, Dr. N.K. Soni, Dr. N.P. Singh, Dr. Rohini Handa, Dr. Y.S. Raju, Dr. Kamlesh Tewary, Dr. Bansi Saboo and Dr. B.B. Rewari for their help and support in preparing the programme, arranging sponsorships and providing editorial support. I must specially thank my wife, Veena, for her patience, encouragement and support and my parents for their blessings. Lastly, I must thank all staff, especially, Ms. Sunita Shukla from API and Ms. Indu Sharma for all their help and administrative support.

Dr. Rajesh Upadhyay

President, API