The Global Association of Physicians of Indian Origin, GAPIO, held its 11th midyear conference July 22-23, 2023 in collaboration with the British Association of Physicians of India Origin, BAPIO. The global meeting was inaugurated by the High Commissioner of India to the UK Vikram Doraiswamy.
He urged advocacy for inclusive and affordable healthcare and applauded the contributions of India to meet global shortfalls of healthcare personnel, a press release from GAPIO said.
Several eminent speakers and delegates from the USA, India, the UK, Africa and Europe attended the two-day meetings. The lead participant from India included Dr Bipin Batra, Dr Arun Gupta, Dr N K Ganguly, Dr Anupam Sibal, Dr Shuchin Bajaj and Dr Girish Tyagi. The theme of conference was “Global Trends in Healthcare Sustainability.” Sessions were held on important topics like the Digital Revolution, Artificial Intelligence in Healthcare, Ageing and Longevity, Women’s health as central for sustainability and strengthening primary care globally.
Professor Dr Bipin Batra delivered the keynote speech on Artificial Intelligence in Medical Education, and Dr Girish Tyagi spoke on Risk Assessment in Healthcare. Dr Anupam Sibal and Dr Shuchin Bajaj highlighted emergence of India as “Vishwaguru” in healthcare and entrepreneurship for doctors respectively.
Dr Ramesh Mehta, CBE; President, BAPIO and Past President of GAPIO, noted that Indian doctors worldwide have contributed immensely to health and wellbeing. Dr Mehta was instrumental in establishing GAPIO with support of Indian Diaspora of physicians from USA and Australia. Dr Parag Singhal, CEO of BAPIO Training Academy presented the model of skilling Indian healthcare towards sustainability of the National Health Service workforce.
Dr Payal Mehta, GP from BAPIO, London, highlighted the importance of yoga and holistic well-being in sustainable health care.
The next annual conference of GAPIO is scheduled to be held on March 16-17, 2024 in Lucknow.