Radiosurgery for Intracranial Indications : Update 2017 was a one day CME and workshop aimed at divulging the underexplored scope of radiosurgery in the treatment of intracranial indications through evidence-based approach to provide insight for the young radiation oncologists, neurosurgeons, allied professionals and to the practicing consultants about the comprehensive approaches of robotic radiosurgery and neurosurgery for intracranial indications. It was the second academic programme of the year hosted on December 16, 2017 in connection with radio-surgery following the “AAHPRT”- CME & Liver SBRT Workshop on June and July 2017.
The CME also portrayed the protocol-based novel approaches developed and practiced in Robotic Radiosurgery at the Centre for High Precision Radiotherapy, Amrita Institute of Medical Sciences.
There was an overwhelming response from divergent group of professionals pan India and especially from Kerala. The event was jointly organised by the Department of Radiation Oncology and Neurosurgery, Amrita Institute of Medical Sciences in association with AROI (Association of Radiation Oncologists of India) - Kerala Chapter. This tri-point amalgamation marked a memorable union of experts and thus resulted in an unbounded knowledge exchange. Expert from different parts of India shared their experience with the young and budding aspirants wishing to take radiosurgery treatment as carrier option.
The National Centre for Disease Informatics and Research (NCDIR) held the 33rd Annual Review Meeting of National Cancer Registry Programme at Amrita Institute of Medical Sciences, Kochi, during November 28 - 30, 2017. The meeting was presided over by Dr. Prasanth Mathur, Director, NCDIR.
Almost 45 registries and their representative staff participated in the three-day programme. Such registries are spread over in many parts of the country. The representatives presented reports on cancer in Arunachal Pradesh, Nagaland, Gujarat, Delhi, Kolkata, Assam, Mizoram, Hyderabad, Tamil Nadu, Kerala, Karnataka, Maharashtra etc. From Kerala, almost ten registries took part.
In the meeting there were detailed presentations and discussions of the experiences in cancer registry operations. There was also a strong suggestion that cancer be made a notifiable disease in the country. Many scientists from different parts of the country participated in the meeting. Dr. Sanjeev K. Singh, Medical Superintendent, Amrita Institute of Medical Sciences; Dr. Vishal Marwaha, Principal, Amrita School of Medicine; Prof. P. Gangadharan, Chief, Cancer Registry, Amrita Institute of Medical Sciences and several doctors from Amrita Institute of Medical Sciences participated. Dr. N. K. Kuttappan, District Medical Officer, Ernakulam also actively participated in the proceedings.
The Division of Respiratory Therapy, Department of Anaesthesiology & Critical Care under the leadership of Dr. Jerry Paul in collaboration with IARC (Indian Association of Respiratory Care) observed Respiratory Care Week during October 22 - 28, 2017.
This annual event raises awareness for improving lung health, recognises the respiratory care practitioner. Dr.(Col.)Vishal Marwaha, Principal, Amrita School of Medicine inaugurated the Respiratory Care Week celebrations on October 22 at Amrita Institute of Medical Sciences, Kochi. Dr. Lakshmi Kumar, Professor and Head, Department of Anaesthesiology & Critical Care presided over the function.
Quiz competitions, poster presentations, ICU training sessions and scientific talks were held as a part of this awareness programme.
Amrita Institute of Medical Sciences hosted RNTCP (Revised National Tuberculosis Control Program) State Task Force meeting for medical colleges in Kerala on October 24, 2017. The programme was inaguarated by Dr.Prem Nair, Medical Director, Amrita Institute of Medical Sciences and was presided by Dr. Anithakumari, State Task Force Chairperson.
Dr. Sunilkumar State TB Officer; Dr. Sanjeev Nair, Zonal OR Chairman; Dr. Sanjeev K. Singh, Medical Superintendent, Amrita Institute of Medical Sciences; Dr.Beena K.V., Department of Public Health, Amrita Institute of Medical Sciences; Dr. Sharath G. Rao, District TB Officer, Dr. P. T. James, Professor of Pulmonary Medicine, Amrita Institute of Medical Sciences; Dr. Akhilesh K., Nodal Officer, RNTCP, Amrita Institute of Medical Sciences and representatives from all medical colleges attended the programme. A CME on “Update on Tuberculosis” was organised as a part of STF meeting and TB control activities of all medical colleges were analyzed.
Amrita Institute of Medical Sciences, Kochi, received Kerala State Pollution Control Board’s award for its sustained efforts in pollution control and for initiatives in environment protection in 2016 - 17. The award instituted by the state government in different categories of institutions for best practices in pollution control, effective management to control air and water pollution, energy and water conservation and protection of environment is given to coincide with World Environment Day.
Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan presented the award on October 04, 2017. The award was received by Swami Jnanamritanandapuri, Mata Amritanandamayi Math. Dr. Jaggu, Additional General Manager; V. Rajappan, General Manager of Water Treatment & Biomedical Waste Management and R. R. Rajesh, Senior Research Officer of Amrita Institute of Medical Sciences were present on the occasion.