It is estimated that there are 1.2 million physicians of Indian Origin working in many countries of the world apart from India. There are 125,500 Physicians of Indian Origin working in the English speaking Western world (USA, UK, Australia and Canada combined), with the major constituent being from USA and UK. Between 10-30% of the physicians working in USA, UK, Canada and Australia have their roots in India. There are also significant number of Indian Physicians working in Middle East, South East Asia and Africa.
This substantial workforce of physicians is a valuable resource, which can help mobilize significant developments in the health field globally. This strong Diaspora of Indian doctors who are highly respected and powerful, need a common professional platform. There is a need for greater visibility and cohesion of these physicians. Their combined intellectual and technical strength can also be vital force in the development of the Indian healthcare sector.
VIII Annual GAPIO conference was successfully concluded on 5th-7th January 2018 at Hotel Westin Mumbai Garden City, Mumbai.
The conference was inaugurated by Ms. Amruta Fadnavis, Wife of Chief Minister, Maharashtra who was also the Chief Guest for the evening function along with Guest of Honour, Dr. Prathap C Reddy, Chairman Apollo Hospitals Group, Dr. Ramesh Mehta – President, GAPIO and Dr. Anupam Sibal - Vice President, GAPIO.
Five pre conference workshops were held on 5th January 2018 which were attended by more than 250 delegates:
1. Leadership Development Program held at Hotel Four Points by Sheraton, Vashi, Navi Mumbai.
2. GAPIO Young Doctors Forum.
3. GAPIO Women’s Forum.
4. Medical Education “Improving Training and Assessment”.
5. GAPIO Dental Forum.
Ms. Amruta Fadnavis launched the GAPIO Women’s Forum in the presence of women leadership of GAPIO, Dr. Shailja Chaturvedi, Prof. Bhupinder Sandhu, Prof. Neena Modi and Dr. Neelam Mohan.
The scientific programme of the main conference on 6th January had included sessions on Cardio Vascular Diseases, Diabetes, Surgery, and Gastroenterology. The sessions on 7th January were Oncology and Mental Health.
Many awards were conferred at award ceremony on 6th January.
GAPIO Lifetime Achievement Award was conferred on B C Roy Awardee, Dr. Ramaredyy Karri who is an eminent physician par excellence, a multi-talented person, an engineer, a lawyer, a writer, a journalist, an educationist and an administrator. First and the only Medical Doctor in the world, to acquire two masters degrees in Computer Science and Engineering.
GAPIO Service Excellence Award was presented to Dr. P K Panda.
GAPIO Leadership Award was presented to Dr. Ashish Aneja, Dr. Loknath Shandilya and Dr. Prasad Rao Nimmagadda.
GAPIO Special Appreciation Award was presented to Dr. Ronak Shah, convener of GAPIO annual conference.
More than 300 delegates participated in the conference. We wish to thank the delegates who travelled long distances within India and overseas to help GAPIO achieve its objectives. We also wish to sincerely thank the faculty who have put in great effort in putting up an impressive scientific content. Impressive feedback has been received from delegates who have appreciated the scientific content of sessions.
Following several guest lectures had also taken place by prominent speakers from UK:
i. “Leadership Mantra versus Reality” by Prof. Derek Bell, President, Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh.
ii. “Regulation, Professionalism & Patient Care” by Prof. Terence Stephenson, Chairman, General Medical Council.
iii. “Ensuring the right skills, attitudes and behaviors in the clinical workforce through global learning” by Prof. Ged Byrne, Director of Global engagement at Health education England.
iv. “Improving the child health: The RCPCH Approach” by Prof. Neena Modi, President, RCPCH.
v. “Global Shortage of Medical Workforce – UK Approach” by Mr. Jonathan Brown, COO, Global Health Exchange, Health Education England.
Lamp lighting by Chief Guest Ms. Amruta Fadnavis, wife of CM Maharashtra, along with
Guest of Honour, Dr. Prathap C Reddy, Chairman Apollo Hospitals Group (centre),
Dr. Ramesh Mehta, President-GAPIO (extreme right), Dr. Anupam Sibal, Vice President-GAPIO
(extreme left) on 5th January 2018.
Ms. Amruta Fadnavis, Chief Guest, addressing the delegates during launch of GAPIO Women’s Forum.
Ms. Amruta Fadnavis, with women leadership of GAPIO.
Dr. Prathap C Reddy, Chief Guest, addressing the delegates during evening function and award ceremony on 6th January 2018.
Dr. Ramesh Mehta, President, GAPIO addressing the delegates during evening function and award ceremony on 6th January 2018.
Physicians of Indian origin from around the world, gathered at Clearwater, Florida for the 7th midyear conference of the Global Association of Physicians of Indian Origin held on 29th and 30th July 2017. It was organized by GAPIO in collaboration with the American College of Academic International Medicine (ACAIM).
Conference was inaugurated by the Chief Guest Mr. Nagesh Singh, Consul General of India for the south-eastern region. He spoke about U.S.-India relations and role of Indian doctors in healthcare delivery in USA and across the globe in his speech.
More than 200 physicians, academicians, and researchers came from United States, Canada, the U.K., Australia, New Zealand, Africa and Middle East, as well as India. Dr. Ramesh Mehta said GAPIO has members from 34 countries and represents some 1.2 million physicians of Indian origin around the world. “We owe it to our motherland, India”.
Two days of intensive sessions were held, and experts discussed the highest standards and recent advances in global health care. These physicians represented a diversified group of specialists and major focus was on addressing recent advances and breakthroughs in the field of diabetes, cardiovascular diseases, hypertension and stroke, oncology, renal transplant, robotic surgery, maternal and infant health, emerging healthcare challenges, leadership development and ethics.
Delegates travelled long distances to help GAPIO achieve its objectives. Faculty have put in great effort in putting up an impressive scientific content. Impressive feedback has been received from delegates who have appreciated the scientific content of the sessions.
Chief Guest Mr. Nagesh Singh (centre) India’s Consul General for the southeastern region with Dr. Ramesh Mehta, President GAPIO (2nd from right),
Dr. Anupam Sibal, Vice President (extreme right), Mr. Anwar Feroz, Honorary Advisor, GAPIO (2nd from left) and Dr. Neelam Mohan (extreme left).
Chief Guest Mr. Nagesh Singh with Dr. Anupam Sibal, Vice President, GAPIO (extreme right) and Dr. Sudhir Parikh, Joint Secretary, GAPIO (extreme left).
Members of Executive Committee with other special invitees
(Left to Right) Dr. Naresh Parikh, President Elect - AAPI, Dr. Sanku Rao, Past President - GAPIO, Dr. Anupam Sibal, Vice President - GAPIO,
Dr. Ramesh Mehta, President - GAPIO, Dr. Gautam Samadder, President - APPI, Dr. Bipin Batra, Executive Director - NBE,
Dr. Neelam Mohan, Mr. Neal Simon, President & Founder - American University of Antigua College of Medicine,
Mr. Anwar Feroz, Honorary Advisor - GAPIO, Dr. Om Ganda, EC member - GAPIO
Dr. Anupam Sibal, Vice President GAPIO addressing the delegates during General Body Meeting.