Global Association of Physicians of Indian Origin (GAPIO), a non-profit organisation was founded by Padma Vibhushan, Dr. Prathap C Reddy, Chairman of Apollo Hospitals Group in January 2011. The aim of organization is to bring together 1.4 million physicians of Indian origin in the world on one professional platform. This substantial workforce of physicians is a valuable resource, which can help to mobilize significant developments in the healthcare globally. GAPIO has representation from 34 countries and from 25 States in India.
India produces more than 70000 doctors annually. Many of the MBBS and post graduate trainees do not get exposure to cutting edge technologies and latest clinical developments.
GAPIO has a vision and aim to train medical fraternity to enhance clinical skills of the young members to become effective leaders. Therefore GAPIO has embarked upon a Clinical Knowledge Development Program under Leadership Development Program in collaboration with Apollo Hospitals.
This program has been launched on the occasion of “Doctors’ Day” on 1st July 2019. More than 1,00,000 doctors were touched worldwide through social media.
In the first phase, the program will be held at total 12 locations i.e. Delhi, Ahmedabad, Madurai, Hyderabad, Bangalore, Mysore, Chennai, Mumbai, Lucknow, Kolkata, Bhubaneswar and Vizag.
Programs at these locations will be addressed by distinguished doctors who are members of GAPIO working at renowned and reputed institutions in Indian and overseas. GAPIO has more than 20 Dr. B C Roy awardees as members. Many GAPIO members are Padma awardees.
We are also starting a mentorship program. The mentor will guide young doctors about career development. Young doctors will be given an opportunity to interact with senior doctors through Face Time, WhatsApp or Google DUO wherever possible. There is a plan to record 100 videos of these doctors. Videos will be available on a specially created online platform – the GAPIO Resource centre and can be watched by doctors from the comfort of their homes in India and overseas.
Benefits of Clinical Knowledge Development Program:
i. Clinical Knowledge Development.
ii. Skill Development.
iii. Exposure to cutting edge technologies and latest clinical developments in healthcare.
iv. Handholding and guidance for career path by mentors and career adoption.
v. Watching of videos, live webinar and webcasts will be on complementary basis.
The inaugural event on Clinical Knowledge Development Program will be organised on Sunday, 28th July 2019 at Auditorium, Apollo Hospitals, New Delhi.
Renowned speakers, Padma Shri Dr. Dattatreyudu Nori, Chairman of Radiation Oncology Unit at the New York Hospital Medical Center of Queens, Dr. S K Wangnoo, Senior Consultant, Endocrinology, former physician to President of India, Dr. Sai Satish, Senior Consultant – Structural Cardiology and Dr. Sanjiv Jasuja, Senior Consultant, Nephrology will address the younger generation of medicos during this program.
In 2017, GAPIO had launched a Leadership Development Program in order to enhance soft skills of young medicos. GAPIO has conducted seventeen soft skills enhancement training workshops at Delhi, Ahmedabad, Bangalore, Hyderabad, Kolkata, Guwahati, Mumbai, Indore, Pune, Bilaspur, Mysore, Vizag, Madurai and Bhubaneswar.