Wanowrie, 4th February 2022: The Armed Forces Medical College (AFMC), Pune organized the 70th Annual Armed Forces Medical Conference and 60th Armed Forces Medical Research Committee (AFMRC) Meeting from 02-04 February 2022. The this year’s sessions took place entirely online. The conference reached a wide audience from all parts of the country, fostering a spirit of inquiry and research among young researchers in the armed forces medical services.
The three-day conference, hosted by AFMC, Pune, addressed a wide range of professional issues concerning the Armed Forces Medical Services (AFMS). The conference, which is the highlight of AFMS’ annual academic calendar, was officially opened by Surg VAdm Rajat Datta, AVSM, SM, VSM, PHS, Director General Armed Forces Medical Services (DGAFMS) virtually from New Delhi .
Awards for Academic Excellence in Postgraduate and Continuing Education Courses, Best Paper Published in Medical Journal of Armed Forces of India (MJAFI) and Best Reviewer Awards were presented by DGAFMS. The principal investigators of AFMRC’s top five projects in the areas of internal medicine, surgery, pathology, community medicine and dental surgery were commended. Five best research papers published by physicians of the Armed Forces Medical Services received “The Chief of Army Staff Award”, “The Chief of Naval Staff Award”, “The Chief of Air Staff Award”, “DGAFMS medal” and “Late Lt Price Gen RS Hoon”.
To further foster cooperation with the civilian medical community, several guest lectures by distinguished speakers have been organized. Dr. Sushma Bhatnagar, Professor and Head of Department of Onco-Anesthesia and Palliative Medicine, AIIMS, New Delhi, delivered the “Diamond Jubilee Oration” on “Palliative Care”. Dr Amit Gupta, Professor, Trauma Surgery and Critical Care, JPN Apex Trauma Centre, AIIMS, New Delhi, shared his perspective on “Injury Burden Reduction in India”. The Medical Journal Armed Forces India’s oration for the year 2022 was delivered by Dr. T Jacob John, an eminent virologist who has the distinction of establishing the first virology diagnostic laboratory in the country, on the theme “ Polio eradication: the journey and where we have reached”.
At the heart of the deliberations was the 60th Annual Meeting of the Armed Forces Medical Research Committee (AFMRC) held February 3-4, 2022. The AFMRC provided a platform for AFMS researchers stationed in across the country to contribute meaningfully and be a valuable part of AFMS’ tremendous research and learning process. This year, 151 new research projects were discussed. The projects were approved taking into account their relevance for the armed forces.
The DGAFMS commended the AFMS for the excellent services rendered during the COVID-19 pandemic. Armed Forces healthcare workers have worked tirelessly in various COVID hospitals across the country and their performance has been exemplary. DGAFMS affirmed the role and responsibilities of AFMS in the Southeast Asia region and beyond. He underlined that AFMS assets are deployed in the most difficult terrains, be it the peaks of the Himalayas or the open sea, and that they fulfill their responsibilities and challenges with the most great dedication and guarantee customer satisfaction. The importance of the medical profession and the need to update skills with changing technologies were also reiterated.
The Challenges of Perspective session included a lecture by Maj. Gen. Sandeep Thareja, VSM, Commander, Command Hospital, Lucknow on “Comprehensive medical services during the COVID-19 pandemic” and Brig Manas Chatterjee, Brig (Med ), 14 Corps HQ on “Managing Combat Healthcare Challenges in High Altitude Areas”. Brig D Vivekanand, Brig Med (P), O/o DGMS (Army) gave a presentation on “HR challenges for respond to individual aspirations and organizational needs”.
The Armed Forces Medical Conference provides an excellent platform for deliberations in the field of clinical medicine, military medicine and combat medical support. The conference saw clinicians, researchers, academics and medical administrators deliberate on current and emerging areas of importance in healthcare and chart a roadmap for medical research for the Armed Forces Medical Services.
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