Pune: A three-day international medical conference called ‘Respirare 2018’ was organised by students of BJ Government Medical College in Pune, from August 2 to 4.
The conference was inaugurated by Somak Raychaudhury, Director of Inter-University Centre of Astrophysics and Astronomy (IUCAA), Pune.
The conference was attended by delegates from medical colleges all over the world and numerous practising doctors. Preconference workshops on topics such as basic life support, radiodiagnostics, suturing, research methodology and ECG were organised to impart practical knowledge to the participants.
The conference comprised guest lectures by renowned medical faculty from both national and international medical institutes. Dr Jyoti Mathad (New York), Dr James Loomis and Dr Zeeshan Ali (Washington DC) were the keynote overseas speakers. Along with them Padmashri Dr Arvinder Singh Soin, Dr Satish Patki and Dr Sundeep Salvi, Air Marshal CK Ranjan also delivered guest lectures.
A research exhibition was put up to highlight India’s contribution to medical research. Throughout the three days, students from various medical colleges participated in events such as paper presentation, student-teacher debate, panel discussion on passive euthanasia, medical film competition, cardiology quiz, and so on. Padma Shri Dr Prakash Amte and Dr Mandakini Amte were present at the valedictory session.
Dr Prakash motivated the audience with a powerful speech describing the problems faced by tribals living in Hemalkasa area of Melghat. “It is the responsibility of the doctors to improve the degrading image of doctors in society and encourage everyone to perform ethical practice,” he said.
The students received guidance from the Dean of BJ Medical College, Dr Ajay Chandanwale, Dr Aarti Kinikar, Dr Smita Tiwari and Dr Harish Tatiya. Rohan Gujarathi, Paris Lalge and Sharad Pailwan were the organising