The Diamond Jubilee valedictory celebration of the Thiruvananthapuram Medical College and the International Health Summit, to be held here from December 30, will see the best of Indian medical diaspora from the USA, the UK and Gulf countries.
Union Minister for Overseas Indian Affairs Vayalar Ravi will inaugurate the celebrations, nicknamed ‘Diamond Medcon.’ Along with this, the 8th annual convention of the Trivandrum Medical College Alumni Association (TMC Alumni) will also be inaugurated, TMC Alumni president Dr K A Kumar said. Health Minister V S Sivakumar will also be present.
More than 1,000 healthcare experts, including Educational Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates president and CEO Dr Emmanuel G Cassimatis, American Medical Association president Dr Jeremy Lazarus, American College of Chest Physicians past president Dr Kalpalatha Guntuppalli, American Psychiatric Association president Dr Dilip Jeste, Radiation Oncology professor, New York, Dr Dattatraeyudu Nori and clinical professor of Oncology, Pennsylvania, M V Pillai will participate in the conference.
Dr Cassimatis will inaugurate the scientific session on December 30, Kumar said. Dr Jeremy Lazarus will deliver the Diamond Jubilee oration, which will be followed by Dr N Balsalam Memorial Oration (Surgeon-controlled robotics; a paradigm shift by Director of Vattikutty Urology Institute, Henry Ford Hospital, USA, Mani Menon.
Dr Kalpalatha Guntuppalli will deliver the Dr P K R Memorial oration (Emerging concepts in management of acute respiratory distress syndrome). Dr Lazarus, Dr Kumar, Dr Dilip Jeste and Indian Psychiatry Society president Dr Roy Abraham Kallivayallil will participate.
A seminar on the recent advances in management of cancer will see Dr Dattatraeyudu Nori, Chief of Hemo Oncology, West Virginia, Jame Abraham among other experts talking on the issue.
American Academy of Paediatric Sleep Medicine president Dr Sanjeev Kothare will speak on recent advances in paediatric sleep disorders and Dr Umakanth Khatwa from Harvard Medical School will speak on paediatric obstructive sleep apnea.
There is also an exclusive session on diabetes. Mayo Clinic head Diabetology Dr Sreekumar Nair and others will deliver talks on the subject.
The second-day will see the inauguration of the Career and Academic Excellence Council, which is the first of its kind in the country. Through the Council, it aims to give guidance to the students and also the aspiring doctors about the various opportunities available. This will be followed by a seminar on career prospects in India and abroad.
The conference is jointly organised by the American Association of Physicians of Indian Origin (AAPI), Association of Kerala Medical Graduates (AKMG) and the Trivandrum Medical College Alumni Association.
AAPI president Dr R Narendrakumar said that following the convention in Thiruvananthapuram, AAPI in association with the Union Overseas Ministry would be organising a three-day Global Health Summit from January 1 in Kochi.