Pune: Post the phenomenal success of its first ever Medicon Series, The Kread Foundation, a not for profit organization, is all set to sway the medical fraternity with its second proposition – a unique conference that conducts live medical workshops to share the expertise across its extended learning centers in few nations including India. The second Medicon Series to be conducted at Hotel Centre Point in Nagpur; as learning center in India, will be based on “Basic and Advanced Techniques in Gastrointestinal Endoscopy.”
Mr. Kunal Karnik, CEO, Kread Foundation, addressed the press conference in presence of . Jay Khemka, Trustee and Advisory Council Member of Kread Foundation and Dr Prashant Rahate Advisory council for minimal invasive division of the Medicon series of the Kread Foundation, Spearheaded by MGWO Padmashree Dr. Nageshwar Reddy, Chairman, Asian Institute of Gastroenterology, Hyderabad (TG) India, Dr. Unmesh Takalkar, Chief Medical Director, CIIGMA Hospital, Aurangabad (MH) India, Dr. Amol Bapaye, Chief – Shivanand Desai Center for Digestive Diseases, Deenanath Mangeshkar Hospital & Research Center, Pune (MH) India and Dr. Shobna Bhatia, Professor and Head, Department of Gastroenterology, Seth GS Medical College and KEM Hospital, Mumbai (MH) India.
KREAD Foundation through its Medicon Series brings a first of its kind in the world of medical sciences a live conference and Workshop on August 20, 2015. Touted as the world’s largest live surgical workshop of Gastroenterology, this interactive will connect doctors across seven countries. The conference is endorsed by all the ministry of health and related medical association and councils across these countries, to ensure reliability and seriousness.
WHEN & WHERE?
The live surgeries will commence at 10 am and continue through various sessions till 7 pm on August 20, 2015. “The highlight is apart from actual surgery and a session on pre and post-operative diagnostics and care, the foundation will launch a virtual mentoring platform. The virtual mentoring platform enables a learner to have a world class specialist to be virtually present during his surgery to handhold him through the complete surgery. This completes the learning curve and reduces the time to make specialists in the respective countries.”
— Hence the Medicon Series in NOT JUST ANOTHER MEDICAL CONFERENCE. It’s the largest, brings knowledge to the door step of the various countries and makes sure that it is not just a showcase of new procedures and practices in medicine, but ensures aspirants get help at their doorstep while performing surgeries from the best. These teaching centers will be connected to a venue in India, Kuwait, Oman, Uzbekistan, Turkmenistan, Armenia and Nepal. So doctors interested in enhancing and continuing their medical education can participate at any one of these venues. These learning centers were mobilized with active help from the Indian embassies, in the respective countries.
10:00 am to 2:00 pm – Live surgeries and Presentations on Performance of endoscopy, Manometry and various interventional endoscopy procedures like high resolution endoscopy, EUS, ERCP, ESD and POEM.
2:00 pm to 7:10 pm – Live Surgeries/ Procedures on POEM, ERCP, Colonoscopy, OGD Scopy and Many More.
Addressing the press conference Kread’s CEO Kunal Karnik said that the unique Medicon Series took its birth from the idea that one brilliant expert can be put to make many like him who can further extend the advanced learning to their patients. He said, “While it takes around 8 to 10 years to cover the journey of becoming an amateur to the best, this series only cut short the process to few hours.”
Other dignitaries present on the occasion also threw light on the finer nuances and importance of conducting such a Medicon Series.
Dr Prashant Rahate, a permanent member of advisory council, said that such workshops are the need of the hour, given the pace at which the medical field is progressing. These conferences not only help surgeons expand their knowledge, but also help their patients with the best available expertise.
The last two decades has seen a remarkable growth in advanced gastrointestinal endoscopic procedures all over the world; this is one instance where India has not remained behind. Besides endoscopy, another important modality in investigation of non-mechanical dysphagia is high resolution Manometry. The conference today is intended to show Manometry and its uses, along with endoscopic procedures, all performed by experts in their respective fields. Development in technology of endoscopes (high definition endoscopes, endoscopic ultrasound [EUS]) and endoscopic accessories has also been accompanied with development of radiological imaging techniques like CT scan and MRI. Performing EUS competently requires technical and cognitive abilities beyond the scope of conventional endoscopy. For example, it necessitates a greater understanding of human cross-sectional anatomy in multiple axes of orientation, knowledge of ultrasonography, and technical proficiency in techniques that are not learned during conventional endoscopy training.
The above advances have enabled endoscopists to undertake many complex procedures with dexterity. The type of patients seen today by major endoscopy require more complex procedures; there is concern about adverse outcomes and potential medicolegal problems. Therefore, most complex procedures are now done in high-volume tertiary referral centers with specialized expertise. Many endoscopic procedures serve as a bridge to complex surgery, or palliation / treatment of malignancies. GI endoscopy continues to evolve, shaped by dramatic innovations in endoscopes, endoscopic imaging modalities, and accessories. A prime example is natural orifice transluminal endoscopic surgery (NOTES). Amongst the various endoscopic procedures, the fascinating ones are those that provide immediate diagnosis with staging of malignancy (eg. EUS with cytology or biopsy), and therapeutic procedures that may provide cure (eg. endoscopic submucosal dissection of an early stage malignancy). Obstructions in the GI tract, especially those due to tumors or strictures can be tackled endoscopically by dilation and / or placement of stents (endoprostheses). Stents are inserted into the GI tract across the obstruction via small-caliber delivery systems, but once these are deployed, they expand to larger diameters, thereby alleviating symptoms of obstruction.
India has an enviable pool of specialists in Medicine and services in medical fraternity and research. The Indian government and leadership believes that to take the goal of our country further, it is important to share expert knowledge with neighboring countries to promote bilateral ties. This will serve to enhance not just medical health or the patient to doctor ratio defining the medical health of the country but also increase the number of specialists through virtual mentoring in their respective countries.
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