Kolkata: A two-day national conference of AMRI Hospitals which had physicians from across medical specialties discussing on present cases and discuss various aspects on latest advances in various fields of medicine specialties, concluded in Kolkata. AMRICON 2023-Medicine Update, was being organised after a gap of three years due to the Covid pandemic.
“These days there are a plethora of conferences but most of these are catering to either some super-specialty or some niche area of medical practice. AMRICON gives a glimpse into a gamut of areas across specialties so that it helps senior physicians, newly joined medical officers, and even medical students. If we are successful in achieving even just a bit of that, we will consider that an achievement,” Dr Abhijit Bhattacharya, Organizing Chairman.
Rupak Barua, AMRICON chief patron and Group CEO of AMRI Hospitals, said that the group has always believed in promoting academic activities.
“I’m not a doctor so I don’t have any medical knowledge but I can talk about the challenges we are facing in delivering healthcare. Even though healthcare in India is growing and most hospitals are on the path of expansion, there are several challenges. Our primary focus should be on quality healthcare and clinical outcome,” said Barua.
Pointing out that a growing geriatric population, rise in cases of lifestyle diseases, and other such factors that are contributing to the overall growth of healthcare but still 63% healthcare costs remain as out-of-pocket expenses.
“This is due to limited penetration of health insurance. Only 15% of the population is covered by medical insurance, which is a rise from 10% before the pandemic. We need to discuss how healthcare can be made more accessible, keeping quality and clinical outcome intact,” Barua added.
Dr S.K. Todi, internal medicine Specialist from AMRI Dhakuria, said that such conferences are important to keep doctors updated on developments in the field of modern medicine.
“It’s important to carry something back in terms of knowledge. The goal and exercise of such conferences is to take the knowledge to the patient’s bedside. We want the State Government to make it mandatory for hospitals to hold a certain number of CME (Continued Medical Education) events every year against their Clinical Establishment license like the Maharashtra government has done. Recertification of all medical practitioners after 10-15 years is also very important, depending on their knowledge base,” said Dr Todi.
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