It is estimated that there are 1.2 million physicians of Indian Origin working in many countries of the world apart from India. There are 125,500 Physicians of Indian Origin working in the English speaking Western world (USA, UK, Australia and Canada combined), with the major constituent being from USA and UK. Between 10-30% of the physicians working in USA, UK, Canada and Australia have their roots in India. There are also significant number of Indian Physicians working in Middle East, South East Asia and Africa.
This substantial workforce of physicians is a valuable resource, which can help mobilize significant developments in the health field globally. This strong Diaspora of Indian doctors who are highly respected and powerful, need a common professional platform. There is a need for greater visibility and cohesion of these physicians. Their combined intellectual and technical strength can also be vital force in the development of the Indian healthcare sector.
Global Association of Physicians of Indian Origin (GAPIO) collaborated with Canada India Network Society (CINS) to hold its VIII Mid-Year meet at Central City Campus, King George Boulevard, Surrey (Vancouver), British Columbia, Canada on 08th-10th June, 2018.
Theme of the conference was "Building Healthy Civil Society – Engagement, Innovation and Technology”.
Hon’ble Member of the Canadian Parliament from Surrey, Sukh Dhaliwal, Abhilash Joshi, Consulate General of India and Linda Hepner, Mayor of City of Surrey, were present at the opening ceremony and Hon’ble Adrian Dix, Minister of Health and Hon’ble Bruce Ralston, Minister of Technology, Government of BC were present during the conference.
More than 200 leaders from Canada including British Columbia, Physicians, Academicians, Researcher and delegates from USA, UK, Australia, India joined the leading experts at this historic conference. These physicians represented a diversified group of specialists and major focus was on addressing recent advances and breakthroughs in the field of Non-Communicable Diseases, war on Diabetes, Integrated Medicine, Innovation, Technology and Leadership.
SFU - Simon Fraser University, CAPIH – Canadian Association of Physicians of Indian Heritage, PISA - Canadian Physicians with Interest in South Asia, Fraser Health, Innovation Boulevard, BCIT and Canadian Medical Association participated as collaborators and supporting associations.
More than 50 International and Canadian speakers’ from about 8 countries addressed the delegates during four sessions with two round table meetings to discuss the outcomes and follow up projects. Hon’ble Deputy Minister Fazil Mihlar and leadership from supporting associations participated the first Round Table held on 8th June 2018.
"The conference provided New Vista for building global collaboration and I am delighted that GAPIO and CINS with common vision, have collaborated for war on Diabetes, NCDs and physician leadership; says Arun Garg, Chair of CINI 2018”
Entire Leadership of collaborators and partners was very keen to take forward the aims set at the time of planning of the conference. GAPIO and CINS are sure that there will definitely be outcomes from this conference - said Dr. Anupam Sibal, Vice President of GAPIO.
Executive Committee of GAPIO met on the side-lines of the CINI 2018 at 02:30 pm to 04:30 pm on 8th June 2018 at Boardroom, Innovation Boulevard, Surrey (BC), Canada. Members of the executive committee expressed their unconditional support to collaborate with projects of CINS which involves India like war on Diabetes, innovation, palliative care, mental health and leadership development.
Who is who of British Columbia were present on the Banquet function on Saturday 9th June including the Hon’ble ministers and other dignitaries.
Dr. Arun Garg presenting his talk during the conference.
Delegates at Banquet
VIII Annual GAPIO conference was successfully concluded on 5th-7th January 2018 at Hotel Westin Mumbai Garden City, Mumbai.
The conference was inaugurated by Ms. Amruta Fadnavis, Wife of Chief Minister, Maharashtra who was also the Chief Guest for the evening function along with Guest of Honour, Dr. Prathap C Reddy, Chairman Apollo Hospitals Group, Dr. Ramesh Mehta – President, GAPIO and Dr. Anupam Sibal - Vice President, GAPIO.
Five pre conference workshops were held on 5th January 2018 which were attended by more than 250 delegates:
1. Leadership Development Program held at Hotel Four Points by Sheraton, Vashi, Navi Mumbai.
2. GAPIO Young Doctors Forum.
3. GAPIO Women’s Forum.
4. Medical Education “Improving Training and Assessment”.
5. GAPIO Dental Forum.
Ms. Amruta Fadnavis launched the GAPIO Women’s Forum in the presence of women leadership of GAPIO, Dr. Shailja Chaturvedi, Prof. Bhupinder Sandhu, Prof. Neena Modi and Dr. Neelam Mohan.
The scientific programme of the main conference on 6th January had included sessions on Cardio Vascular Diseases, Diabetes, Surgery, and Gastroenterology. The sessions on 7th January were Oncology and Mental Health.
Many awards were conferred at award ceremony on 6th January.
GAPIO Lifetime Achievement Award was conferred on B C Roy Awardee, Dr. Ramaredyy Karri who is an eminent physician par excellence, a multi-talented person, an engineer, a lawyer, a writer, a journalist, an educationist and an administrator. First and the only Medical Doctor in the world, to acquire two masters degrees in Computer Science and Engineering.
GAPIO Service Excellence Award was presented to Dr. P K Panda.
GAPIO Leadership Award was presented to Dr. Ashish Aneja, Dr. Loknath Shandilya and Dr. Prasad Rao Nimmagadda.
GAPIO Special Appreciation Award was presented to Dr. Ronak Shah, convener of GAPIO annual conference.
More than 300 delegates participated in the conference. We wish to thank the delegates who travelled long distances within India and overseas to help GAPIO achieve its objectives. We also wish to sincerely thank the faculty who have put in great effort in putting up an impressive scientific content. Impressive feedback has been received from delegates who have appreciated the scientific content of sessions.
Following several guest lectures had also taken place by prominent speakers from UK:
i. “Leadership Mantra versus Reality” by Prof. Derek Bell, President, Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh.
ii. “Regulation, Professionalism & Patient Care” by Prof. Terence Stephenson, Chairman, General Medical Council.
iii. “Ensuring the right skills, attitudes and behaviors in the clinical workforce through global learning” by Prof. Ged Byrne, Director of Global engagement at Health education England.
iv. “Improving the child health: The RCPCH Approach” by Prof. Neena Modi, President, RCPCH.
v. “Global Shortage of Medical Workforce – UK Approach” by Mr. Jonathan Brown, COO, Global Health Exchange, Health Education England.
Lamp lighting by Chief Guest Ms. Amruta Fadnavis, wife of CM Maharashtra, along with
Guest of Honour, Dr. Prathap C Reddy, Chairman Apollo Hospitals Group (centre),
Dr. Ramesh Mehta, President-GAPIO (extreme right), Dr. Anupam Sibal, Vice President-GAPIO
(extreme left) on 5th January 2018.
Ms. Amruta Fadnavis, Chief Guest, addressing the delegates during launch of GAPIO Women’s Forum.
Ms. Amruta Fadnavis, with women leadership of GAPIO.
Dr. Prathap C Reddy, Chief Guest, addressing the delegates during evening function and award ceremony on 6th January 2018.
Dr. Ramesh Mehta, President, GAPIO addressing the delegates during evening function and award ceremony on 6th January 2018.