The growing influence of physicians of Indian heritage is evident, as they are increasingly recognized and hold critical positions in healthcare, academic, research, and administrative positions across the nation. With their hard work, dedication, compassion, and skills, they have thus carved an enviable niche in the American medical community. Not satisfied with their own professional growth and the service they provide to their patients around the world, they are in the forefront, sharing their knowledge and expertise with others, especially those physicians and leaders in the medical field from India.
The 16th annual Global Healthcare Summit (GHS) 2023, organized by the Association of American Physicians of Indian Origin (AAPI) in Visakhapatnam in the state of Andhra Pradesh from January 6th to 8th, 2023 offers a unique forum for them to come together, sharing their knowledge and expertise with their fellow physicians from around the world, and to learn from one another.
According to Dr. Ravi Kolli, President of AAPI, “AAPI has been engaged in harnessing the power of Indian Diaspora to bring the most innovative, efficient, cost-effective healthcare solutions to India. The upcoming GHS 2023 with the theme of “True and Total Health is the Wellbeing of Mind, Body, and Spirit” with its focus on Mental Health, Infant and Maternal Mortality as well as various other medical specialty updates, Medical Jeopardy, and Research Poster presentations by medical students will be a great way to accomplish this mission of AAPI. In addition, advocacy to dismantle the stigma of mental illness and Suicide Prevention will be the highlight of the program.”
“This conference will focus on bringing the highest caliber of internationally acclaimed faculty and will develop a very robust agenda in collaboration with leading experts from India. The enhanced focus on conducting skills enhancement workshops, hands on experience with advanced techniques,” Dr. V. Ranga, Chair of AAPI BOT said.
CME sessions with academicians from the United States will offer unique opportunities for local medical staff and healthcare professionals to advance leanings and provide the best possible care for the people of India. Nearly 400 Physicians are expected to attend the AAPI GHS 2023.
Invited guests include Professors, Heads of Educational Institutes, Deans as well as chairs and members of the National Medical Council Board, in addition to the dignitaries, including Hon. Health Minister of India, Hon. Chief Minister and the Hon. Governor of Andhra Pradesh and Telangana. Sponsors will have opportunities for Exhibits, Product Theaters, NGO booths to promote their services, products, and values.
Dr. Prasad Chalasani, Chair of AAPI GHS-USA says, “The scientific program and workshops of GHS is developed by leading experts with contributions from the Scientific Advisory Board and the International Scientific Committee. The workshops will be led by world-famous physicians on topics relevant to the needs of the time.”
“AAPI has plans to collaborate with the Government of Andhra Pradesh to initiate a very ambitious program to address mental health and wellness of all the students in the high schools in AP,” Dr. Ravi Raju, Chair of GHS-India said.
Discussions and deliberations will address the Stigma of Mental illness, Suicide prevention, Management of Chronic diseases and NCD and, other Global Health Issues including Climate Change and its impact on health will be discussed.
Dr. Sampath Shivangi, AAPI Legislative Committee Chair said, “We are collaborating with senior leaders from leading healthcare organizations including pharmaceuticals, device and medical equipment manufacturers and major medical teaching institutions, hospitals, and the Ministries of Health, External/Overseas Affairs and regulatory bodies to attend and coordinate with AAPI with an ultimate goal to providing accessible and affordable high-quality healthcare to all people of India.”
Dr. Manoj Jain,Chair of CETI – Collaboration to Eliminate TB in India supported by CDC and USAIDwill lead comprehensive discussions on the TB Elimination Projects in India, with tangible goals achieved and the plan for the future.
Dr. Sreeni Gangasani, CME Chair, and Academic Chair Dr. Sharma Prabhakar said, some of the topics for the CMEs will include Psychiatry, Ophthalmology, Pediatrics, Gastroenterology, Neurology, and Oncology. “In our efforts to realize the core mission of AAPI, which is to share the best from leading experts from around the world, to collaborate on clinical challenges, the GHS in Visakhapatnam will have clinical tracks that are of vital to healthcare in India,” Dr. Gangasani added.
Dr. Lokesh Edara and Dr. Brahma Sharma, who are the co-chairs of International medical education will conduct a high-powered panel discussion by International Medical Education experts including CEOs of ECFMG, WFMC, and National Medical Council officials. Dr. B K Kishore, an academic expert will lead discussions on research methodology and scientific writings. Latest Advances, CME, ENLS, Discussions on Research Methodology and Scientific Writing by Academic Experts will be part of the summit.
According to Dr. Joseph Chalil, Chair of AAPI’s CEO Forum and Strategic Advisor, “The CEO forum will focus on Equity, Ethics and Physician Burnout Issues” while the Women’s Forum chair, Dr. Udaya Shivangi said, “Women’s Forum will focus on empowerment, gender bias and leadership.”
Walkathon on the beach will be held to challenge mental health stigma and promotion of healthy lifestyle changes and stress management of and several other initiatives also will be announced including effective treatment modalities on non-communicable medical diseases, reducing the infant and maternal mortality and HPV Vaccination.
The Summit will have a research competition for medical students and post graduate students from all over India. AAPI will confer Awards of excellence and lifetime achievements. “AAPI will work collaboratively with GAIMS – Global Association of Indian Medical Students and will be conducting the Research Competition for Medical, Students, Residents, Fellows, and Junior Doctors,” said Dr. Anjana Samadder, President-Elect of AAPI.
“With the changing trends and statistics in healthcare, both in India and US, we are refocusing our mission and vision, AAPI will continue to make a positive meaningful impact on the healthcare delivery system both in the US and in India,” said Dr. Satheesh Kathula, Vice President of AAPI.
“January is #CervicalCancer Awareness Month! In coordination with the local organizers of the GHS, AAPI will continue its efforts to create awareness and offer financial assistance to eradicate this preventable disease,” said Dr. Meher Medavaram, Secretary of AAPI. “AAPI’s this new initiative through education and awareness programs is aimed at helping save millions of lives in India,” she added.
Dr. Sumul Rawal, Treasurer of AAPI pointed out, “India needs to redouble and continue its efforts and dedicate resources to tackle the perennial health challenges. Many of these projects and programs need regular funding and management of resources. We are grateful to dozens of AAPI members who have committed to serving India with an ongoing commitment.”
This international healthcare summit is a progressive transformation from the first Indo-US Healthcare Summit launched by AAPI USA in 2007. With the objective of enabling people in India to access high-quality, affordable, and cost-effective world-class health services, the Summit to be held in collaboration with the Indian Medical Association (IMA), the Ministry of Overseas Indian Affairs & the Ministry of Health, will have participation from some of the world’s most well-known physicians and industry leaders.
The scientific program of GHS 2023 is developed by leading experts with the contributions of a stellar Scientific Advisory Board, Continuing Medical Education Committee and Academic Committee of AAPI and Indian counterparts. The Conference in collaboration with several professional associations from all over the world, 12 hours of credits from the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education.
“With the changing trends and statistics in healthcare, both in India and US, we are refocusing our mission and vision of GHS 2023, and AAPI would like to make a positive and meaningful impact on the healthcare in India,” Dr. Kolli says. “In our quest to fulfill the mission of AAPI, we are proud to share best practices and experiences from leading experts in the world and develop actionable plans and projects that enable access to affordable and quality healthcare for all people. To help accomplish this mission, please join us at the GHS 2023.” For more information on Global Health Summit, please visit: www.summit.aapiusa.org and www.GHS2023.com