The first-ever international research and poster contest of the American Association of Physicians of Indian Origin was held Dec.28 during AAPI’s 10th annual global healthcare summit 2016 in Udaipur, Rajasthan.
The Dec. 28-30 summit was organized by AAPI in collaboration with the ministry of overseas Indian affairs, the ministry of health and the government of Rajasthan with participation of some of the world’s most well-known physicians.
The research and poster contest, in which 294 participants from across India and abroad competed, was inaugurated by Kali Charan Saraf, Rajasthan’s cabinet minister for medical and health services.
“Encouraging young medical researchers of Indian Origin, AAPI has organized the first-ever international research competition in collaboration with Rajasthan University of Health Sciences, RNT Medical College, Udaipur and AIIMS Delhi,” Dr. Ajay Lodha, president of AAPI, said in a statement.
He said it was heartening to receive a huge response of nearly 300 abstracts submitted for the research contest and poster presentation. “It was a very challenging task for the judges to pick the winners. Every abstract submitted was of high quality,” he said.
The competition was open to both members and non-members of AAPI, to students, residents, faculty and medical practitioners. Non-medical professional could submit their health-related research work under unselected categories.
“Indian American Physicians are way ahead in the medical field, and contribute immensely towards medical research. The Research Competition gives students the opportunity to share their research ideas and results during the GHS in a special forum that provides visibility for their work,” said Dr. Gautam Samadder, AAPI president-elect.
“It will also give students the opportunity to meet with and interact with GHS attendees to share ideas, gain new insights, and understand possible practical applications, while giving students an opportunity to sharpen their communication skills,” said Dr. Naresh Parikh, vice president.
“It also gives students the opportunity to meet with and interact with the attendees at the Convention to share ideas, gain new insights, and understand possible practical applications, while giving students an opportunity to sharpen their communication skills. Above all, it serves to recognize and reward outstanding student research,” said Dr. Raju Babu Panwar, Vice Chancellor of RUHS, Jaipur.
“While Indian medical students are known to use research done from abroad, this high quality contest has provided a forum for medical students and researchers in the area of health to showcase their research, exchange ideas, and improve their communication skills while competing for prizes during GHS in December 2016,” said Dr. Ramesh Joshi, organizing secretary of the contest.