Registration opens for Indian-American physicians’ 37th annual Convention in Atlanta

Members of the American Association of Physicians of Indian Origin, AAPI, pose for a photo. (Photo: courtesy AAPI)

Registration is open for the 37th annual convention hosted by the  American Association of Physicians of Indian Origin (AAPI) to be held at the Omni Atlanta at CNN Center and Georgia World Congress Centre (GWCC) in Atlanta from July 3 to 7. The convention will be addressed by senior world leaders, and celebrities from the Hollywood and Bollywood world, the organization announced in a press release.

“We are excited about the enthusiasm shown by the AAPI members from across the nation,” Dr. Naresh Parikh, president of AAPI is quoted saying. The registration was opened Feb. 1, and according to Parikh, “Over 2,500 attendees, delegates including Physicians, Academicians, Researchers and Medical students, along with guests are expected to gather at the 37th Annual AAPI Convention in Atlanta, GA.”

“With the Early Bird Special Registration for the convention to end on April 1st, we are seeing an increased interest among AAPI members to secure their seat at the convention,” Convention Chair  Sreeni Gangasani, vice chair of AAPI Board of Trustees, is quoted saying. Early Bird Registration fee for the delegates will be $100 less than the regular rates. Also, one gets to pick choice seats at the Galas as soon as one registers for the convention. “The sooner you register the better the chances for getting the seats of your own choice with the ability to sit closer to the podium and with your friends/families,” organizers said in the press release.

The Convention is being organized by Georgia Chapter of AAPI. It includes opportunities for

extensive academic presentations, recognition of achievements and achievers, and professional networking at the alumni and evening social events, organizers said.

A core group of physicians is in charge of organizing the Convention. It is led by Vice President, of AAPI Dr. Sudhakar Jonnalagadda; Dr. Syamala Erramilli, president of GAPI; Dr. Asha Parikh, chair of GAPI BOT; Convention Co-chairs: Dr. Raghu Lolabattu, Dr. Piyush Patel, Dr. Subodh Agrawal and several Convention Team members.

The Convention plans to offer more than 12 hours of cutting edge Continuing Medical Education seminars, several hours of product theaters/promotional opportunities, plenary sessions,  CEOs Forum, and a women’s leadership forum, the press release said.

Organizers urged sponsors and exhibitors to take advantage of what the Convention offers in terms of outreach. “Exhibitors and Corporate Partners remain our priority as we work together to provide a world-class forum for increased interactions between physicians, sponsors, exhibitors, and all other attendees,” Dr. Syamala Erramilli said in the press release.

Dr. Raghu Lolabattu said, “Given that a physician of Indian origin sees every 7th patient in this country and every 5th patient in rural and inner city Georgia, the reach and influence of AAPI members goes well beyond the convention. Urging all corporate and local sponsors not to miss the opportunity,

Dr. Suresh Reddy, president-elect of AAPI, also pointed to the plus points for businesses. “Take advantage of our sponsorship packages at the 37th Annual AAPI convention to create high-powered exposure to the highly coveted demographic of AAPI’s membership.”

In addition, Dr. Asha Parikh said, “The unique layout of the Exhibit Hall will promote positive discourse between all and various planned activities will ensure their visitation to the Exhibit Hall and maximize attendance. The ease with which members and attendees can move between the Exhibit Hall, conference and ballrooms, and their hotel rooms will ensure maximum attendance and visibility for Sponsors and Exhibitors.”

Dr. Piyush Patel pointed to customized and exclusive sponsorship packages being offered for the Convention, and Dr. Subodh Agrawal noted the corporate identity packages, Internet kiosks, plasma display panels, the souvenir book, and audiovisual screens during CME hours and other avenues to display a company name. Dr. Jonnalagadda urged sponsors and others to contact the Atlanta team for questions and comments, and said organizers were flexible about accommodating specific products, services and target market goals, brand requirements, and budgetary limitations.

“The 2019 AAPI Annual Convention & Scientific Assembly offers an exciting venue to interact with leading physicians, health professionals, academicians, and scientists of Indian origin. Physicians and healthcare professionals from across the country will convene and participate in the scholarly exchange of medical advances, to develop health policy agendas, and to encourage legislative priorities in the coming year. We look forward to seeing you in Atlanta, GA!”  Dr. Naresh Parikh is quoted saying in the press release.

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