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Scientific Programme - 71st Annual Conference of
The Association of Physicians of India
28th-31st January, 2016. Hyderabad

Message / Dr. Gurpreet S Wander

Dr. Gurpreet S Wander

Prof. & Head Cardiology
Dayanand Medical College & Hospital, Unit Hero DMC Heart Institute, Ludhiana.

President Elect 2015 : Association of Physicians of India
Past President of Hypertension Society of India (HSI)

Dear Delegates,

“A man of knowledge lives by acting, not by thinking about acting.” C Carlos

It is a pleasure and a great honor to welcome you all for the APICON 2016 at Hyderabad. The scientific programme has been designed so as to cover all sub specialities. There is emphasis on learning clinical skills. We have four clinical bedsides and sessions on symptoms and clinical signs in the Hall C which largely covers topics of interest for the post graduate students. It also has a session on latest landmark trials in medicine. The two CPC’s are in the Hall B at the end of days sessions on 29th and 30th. There has been great enthusiasm for the medical quiz for post graduates. On all three days (29th, 30th and 31st ) there is a quiz from 9:00 – 10:30 am in the quiz hall specially created for the same. We have arranged all sessions on the basis of various sub specialities (Cardiology, Gastroenterology, Intensive care, Pulmonary medicine, Neurology, Rheumatology, Nephrology, Endocrinology and infectious disease). Sessions for special groups: female disorders and geriatric medicine have been kept. At the end of the day from 6:00 – 7:00 pm in hall D and E we have very important panel discussions where in all experts will sit and discuss common issues in the above mentioned sub specialities. You will realize no hall is more important than the other and the division is based on the symposia and the topic. I am sure you would like to choose the place you want to be inside the halls on the basis of your subject choice. The whole faculty is equally distinguished and you will gain from attending as many sessions as possible.

Recent developments (some trials published in the last 2 months in NEJM, role of smart phones and medical apps, m-medicine, role of genetics & stem cells) have been included for updating delegates. Sessions on diet, environment, lifestyle behaviors, yoga mediation and environmental medicine have been included. Two very important social panel discussions have been kept regarding cost of healthcare, legal and ethic issues in medicine and the present day challenge of high public expectations from physicians. There will be 25 workshops for small group learning on all four days of 4 hours each. These will familiarize delegates to hands on and clinical skills like echocardiography, endoscopy, ECG and ABG interpretation, ICU skills, BCLS/ACLS, communication skills and case presentations.

It’s been an enjoyable exercise to look at the diversity of the field of medicine. The last 30 years have seen significant advancement in our understanding of disease processes and more effective, evidence based guideline directed treatment protocols are now available in all fields. The programme of the CME and the main conference appears in one composite format. This has been possible because of the extremely cooperative, mature and positive attitude of our ICP Dean.

Medicine today, especially in India, is at crossroads. Where as on one side we have advanced diagnostic and imaging machines, safe aggressive and more invasive therapeutic techniques and easy excess to databases, meta-analysis and treatment guidelines. On the other side with easy availability of diagnostic and therapeutic options and increasing costs, the doctor patient relationship is being threatened by the increasing health costs in patient care. Patients are better informed, more demanding and expectant and want quick relief. As practicing physicians we need to use these recent advances to face the newer challenges that we face. Besides information about diseases, diagnostics and therapeutics the programme intends to bring across to you these advances in information technology, genetics and methods of data access and analysis. The social challenges are also addressed. All six halls will function from 9:00 am – 7:00 pm on Friday and Saturday and we will have system based Symposia.

It is my appeal to all speakers that we should strictly follow the time schedule. For uniformity all talks are of 20 minutes. We should finish in 16 minutes to leave time for some discussion. The chairpersons will make sure that the timing of the session is followed strictly. The international and national faculty has been chosen considering their original work in the field on which they are speaking. I am thankful to these distinguished “Research, teaching and service physicians” from across the country for contributing in the Medicine Update Book and for sharing their views during the APICON 2016.

I hope the programme covers most aspects of medicine which is so diverse that any attempt to even imagine to cover it all would be naïve. There has been great interest in presenting research work and interesting cases amongst the youngster. We have a large number of : 435 oral presentations and 938 poster presentations in the two oral presentation rooms (OPR-1 & 2 ) and the E-poster area.

The logistics help from the local organizing committee has been strong. I hope we will have a good attendance and presence of the delegates in the scientific deliberation halls. Have a great time in Hyderabad and wish you a happy new year ahead.

“Learning gives creativity, creativity leads to thinking, thinking provides knowledge, knowledge makes you great.” Abdul Kalam

Dr. Gurpreet S Wander
Chairman Scientific Committee, President Elect APICON 2016