AAPI’s Global Healthcare Summit to begin in Kolkata Dec. 31

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More than 200 physicians from the US to attend the three-day event.

The Association of American Physicians of Indian Origin (AAPI) will hold its 11th annual Global Healthcare Summit (GHS) at JW Marriott in Kolkata, India, from December 28 to 31.

The summit is organized by the association in collaboration with the Ministry of Overseas Indian Affairs, the Ministry of Health and the government of West Bengal.

A statement issued by AAPI said 50 renowned speakers from the United States, the US and other parts of the world, as well as industry leaders will speak at the event.

With over 200 physicians from the United States, the summit is expected to be attended by nearly 1,000 delegates from around the world, AAPI President Dr. Gautam Samadder said in the statement.

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“To be held for the first time in Kolkata, this year, AAPI Global Healthcare Summit (GHS) will have many new initiatives and also will be carrying the torch of ongoing projects undertaken by AAPI’s past leaders,” he said. “In addition, several prominent leaders both from India and abroad will be addressing the Summit, including the President of India and the Chief Minister of West Bengal.”

The summit will also feature performances by renowned artists.

The first ever free AAPI-sponsored health clinic in West Bengal, which will serve thousands of people from the northeastern region of India, will be launched at the event.

“Many of the physicians who will attend this convention have excelled in different specialties and subspecialties and occupy high positions as faculty members of medical schools, heads of departments, and executives of hospital staff,” Dr. Naresh Parekh, President-Elect of AAPI, said. “The GHS offers an opportunity to meet directly with these physicians who are leaders in their fields and play an integral part in the decision-making process regarding new products and services.”

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This international healthcare summit is a progressive transformation from the first Indo-US Healthcare Summit launched by AAPI USA in 2007, according to AAPI.

The summit will provide a forum for innovative opportunities for learning, networking and giving back to India, Dr. Parikh said.

The Young Physicians Research Forum will be held on Dec. 28 at the oldest medical college in Asia, Calcutta Medical College. Other features will include an international poster presentation session, two days of scientific sessions (Dec. 29-30), workshops, a CEO forum, and a women’s forum.

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Continuing its tradition of providing the much-needed training to First Responders, American University of Antigua (AUA) College of Medicine will offer the AUA’s Emergency Medicine Training Centre (EMTC) developed a First Aid and CPR courses for first responders, including firelighters, policemen, and EMTs from West Bengal at the KPC Medical College, the release said.

Panellists will generate a white paper with recommendations to the Ministry of Health and the Government of India for broader implementation.

“With the changing trends and statistics in healthcare, both in India and US, we are refocusing our mission and vision of GHS, and AAPI would like to make a positive meaningful impact on the healthcare in India,” Dr. Samadder said.