CHICAGO–American Association of Physicians of Indian Origin, known as AAPI, will kick off its annual Global Healthcare Summit on Sunday in Hyderabad, India. Indian Vice President Venkaiah Naidu is expected to be the Chief Guest.
“India’s Vice President Shri Venkaiah Naidu is expected to be the Chief Guest and will deliver the Valedictory Address at the 13th edition of the annual Global Healthcare Summit to be held at the famous Taj Krishna in Hyderabad, India from July 21st to 24th, 2019,” said AAPI President Dr. Suresh Reddy, MD.
The Global Healthcare Summit (GHS), organized by AAPI in collaboration with the Government of India, BAPIO & GAPIO, as well as Host Alumni Chapters, including OGKTMA, ATMGUSA, KAMCOSA, and GMCGA, will have participation from some of the world’s well-known physicians, and industry leaders, AAPI said in a statement.
AAPI continues it’s focus on women’s education, especially in rural India. The GHS this year will focus on preventive health, targeting Rural Health, Women’s Health, and providing special CPR Trainings that will equip First Responders to help save life, Dr. Reddy said.
A major theme and focus of the 13th annual Global Healthcare Summit will be on Women’s Health. A team of physicians, consisting of women leaders of AAPI, including Drs. Sangeeta Agrawal; Uma Jonnalagadda; Soumya Neravelta; Stella Gandhi; Swati Yalamnchi; Pooja Kinkhabawala will lead the sessions on Women’s Healthcare Needs. In addition, a day-long session on Rural Health Education will be held at Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan in Hyderabad on July 22nd.
The much awaited Women’s Forum at the GHS will be led by a panel consisting of inspiring women leaders who have been in the forefront, and have shown resiliency, confidence, leadership, determination, and dedication, and have withered all obstacles in life, and have become women leaders, and are recognized to be an inspiration to all.
In addition, GHS will feature workshops in various fields of medicine including Oncology, GI, Urology, Cardiology and Pediatrics. These will be attended by hundreds of doctors from India and US.
To generate interest and curiosity among Medical Students, who are the future of healthcare, for the first time ever, AAPI will organize the popular Jeopardy-type Med-Quiz for the Medical students from all the Medical Colleges from the state of Telangana and Andhra Pradesh, said Dr. Reddy.
“The essence of AAPI is educational,” Dr. Reddy, while describing the purpose of the Med-Quiz, said. “That translates into numerous programs that AAPI has planned to motivate med students, physicians, academicians and researchers to excel and master in their areas of work.”
The semi-final and the final stages of the Med-Quiz will be held during the GHS 2019 in Hyderabad, said Dr. Reddy, who had envisaged and planned this firs ever event, encouraging the medical students to be part of the Global Healthcare Summit, and providing them with valuable opportunities for interacting with world renowned medical professionals from across the world. The winners will be awarded citations and cash prizes by AAPI and local organizers.
Dr. Seema Arora, the Chair of BOT, AAPI, said, “We flew away from India decades ago. However, our hearts are still in India.”
She said, GHS 2019 will focus on several relevant issues to serve the many healthcare needs and delivery of healthcare in India. For the first time, AAPI will organize Medical Jeopardy with cash prizes to winners, she said. She praised the local community and organizers for their enthusiastic support.
Packed with strategic planning sessions such as the much anticipated CEO Forum, Women’s Forum, Launching of Free Health Clinic, First Responders Training, CMEs, promote Emergency Medicine and Family Medicine Education, Research Contest, Medical Quiz, Fashion Show, Cultural Events, pre and post visits for delegates, the GHS 2019 is expected to be one with the greatest impact and significant contributions towards harnessing the power of international Indian diaspora to bring the most innovative, efficient, cost effective healthcare solutions to India, said Dr. Reddy
Dr. Sanku Rao, a past President of AAPI highlighted the 37 year old history of AAPI and the evolution of GHS in the past dozen years and the many accomplishments/contributions in the delivery of healthcare in US and in India.
AAPI is the largest ethnic medical organization in the United States, and has been in existence for nearly four decades. The Association has almost 130 local chapters, specialty societies and alumni organizations under its purview, and represents the interests of over 70,000 physicians and 15,000 medical students and residents of Indian heritage in the United States, Dr. Rao said.
Dr. Dwaraknatha Reddy, Convener of the Summit, said “It’s a well known fact that physicians of Indian origin excel in their respective areas of work and continue to play key roles in patient care, administration, academics and medical research in their adopted land, the United State. In order to cater to its diversity of medical specialties, AAPI continues to use a multi-disciplinary conference format.”
Dr. Sreeni Gangasani, Chair of AAPI GHS, said, “Packed with strategic planning sessions such as the much anticipated CEO Forum, Women’s Forum, Launching of Free Health Clinic, First Responders Training, CMEs, promote Emergency Medicine and Family Medicine Education, Research Contest, Medical Quiz, Fashion Show, Cultural Events, pre and post visits for delegates, the GHS 2019 is expected to be one with the greatest impact and significant contributions towards harnessing the power of international Indian diaspora to bring the most innovative, efficient, cost effective healthcare solutions to India.
“The purpose of the Med-Quiz is to foster curiosity, enhance knowledge and understanding of the medical students,” Dr. Sudhakar Jonnalagadda, President-Elect of AAPI, said. “Competing at a global level and being recognized by an international organization such as AAPI, will instill confidence in aspiring young physicians and will help exposing them to Western ways of learning and mastering their areas of study,”
Dr. Anupama Gotimukula, Vice President of AAPI, said, “AAPI has made significant contributions towards addressing several issues affecting the healthcare system in India. We have addressed the issue of Traumatic Brain Injury – the scourge of young India, and helped with the development of management guidelines thereby helping prevent deaths due to road traffic accidents, raising the importance and awareness on smoking cessation, Adopt a Village program and taking the initiatives to make quality healthcare accessible universally to village and taluka and district levels, and most recently a strong collaborative on making India TB Free with the signing of an MOU with USAID. Ten city pilots are well under way and significant progress is being made.”
Dr. Ravi Kolli, Secretary of AAPI said, “Through Continuing Medical Education and non-CME seminars by experts in their fields, AAPI will provide comprehensive and current reviews and guidelines for the diagnosis and treatment of various disease states to reduce morbidity and mortality and achieve cost effective quality care outcomes. At the end of the activity, it is expected that attendees will gain an understanding of the causation, diagnosis and the best clinical practices for the management of the diverse group of diseases discussed during this program.”
Dr. Raj Bhayani, Treasurer of AAPI, said, “AAPI has capped the voluminous achievements of the past 37 years with a clear vision to move forward taking this noble organization and its vision for better healthcare to newer heights.”
According to Dr. Ranga Reddy, past president of AAPI, “One in seven Americans is touched by a physician of Indian origin. There is an equally large percentage of medical residents, fellows and students in the USA serving millions of Americans. AAPI’s GHS has provided a venue for medical education programs and symposia with world-renowned physicians on the cutting edge of medicine.”
Describing the process for the Med-Quiz, Dr. Raghu Lolabhattu, Co-Chair, Global Health Summit 2019, said, “Each Medical School will choose and send 5 medical students, representing each year of Medical school study. These students will compete with students from other med schools from the state of Telengana. The winners at the Preliminary Rounds will compete at the Global Healthcare Summit.”
Dr. Satheesh Kathula, Co-Chair of the summit, referred to the highly impactful ADOPT A VILLAGE Program, spearheaded by Dr. Jagan Ailinani, a past President of AAPI, and Dr. Alok Agrawal, who has adopted a village in the state of Telangana as examples of the good work done by AAPI members. He said, AAPI provides a platform for many individuals who want to give back to their motherland.
Dr. Manoj Jain, Chair and spearheading the TB-Free India Movement, referred to AAPI’s collaborative efforts with several non-governmental organizations and the USAID, with a commitment to strengthen its initiatives to “make every city, ever district, every village in India TB free.”
There will be a Hands on CPR in two locations simultaneously on the same day at the High School by GMCGA Alumni; and, at the Pragathi Rural Development Center in Burgula by GMCGA. The CPR trainings will be provided to Anganwadi and Asha workers, who are women leaders in the local community.
The trainings are aimed at decreasing the number of deaths, especially from road accidents by enabling the first responders to provide life support to victims of accidents. The training, which includes CPI and other medical services are being provided by professional trainers from the US and is offered to personnel. In collaboration with the American University of Antigua (AUA) College of Medicine, and the American Heart Association, AAPI is organizing the workshop/training (EMTC) trainings for first responders, as part of the GHS 2019.
AAPI has made significant contributions towards addressing several issues affecting the healthcare system in India, AAPI has addressed the issue of Traumatic Brain Injury – the scourge of young India, and helped with the development of management guidelines thereby helping prevent deaths due to road traffic accidents, raising the importance and awareness on smoking cessation.
Dr. Suresh Reddy, President of AAPI, urged all AAPI leaders, local organizers and sponsors to fully participate in order to make the next edition of AAPI’s Global Healthcare a more effective one, serving the many healthcare needs of our mother India.
One in seven Americans is touched by a physician of Indian origin. There is an equally large percentage of medical residents, fellows and students in the USA serving millions of Americans. AAPI’s GHS has provided a venue for medical education programs and symposia with world-renowned physicians on the cutting edge of medicine.
AAPI represents the interests of the over 100,000 physicians of Indian origin and is the the largest ethnic organization of physicians. It was founded 37 years ago.