The Academy of family physicians of India Kerala chapter - Midzone conducted their 1st quarterly CME of 2019 on 10th March at P J Princess Regency at Puthuvaype, Kochi on the topic “Women’s health - Nation’s wealth”. It was a lively talk, where various topics on women’s health were discussed by experienced family physicians and gynecologists. The seminar also included case presentations by Family medicine post graduate trainees. The function was inaugurated by Dr. Asha Vijayan, Superintendent, General Hospital Muvattupuzha, who inspired audience with her ideas on gender biases in our culture. Other dignitaries including Dr. Resmi S Kaimal, President, AFPI Kerala Chapter, Dr. Serin Kuriakose, Secretary, AFPI Kerala Chapter Dr. Indu Rajeev, President AFPI Kerala - Mid zone, Dr. Anoop K J, Secretary AFPI Kerala - Mid zone, Dr. Shobha P, Vice President - AFPI Kerala Mid zone, Dr. Prasanth, Treasurer AFPI Kerala Mid Zone, also spoke at the inaugural ceremony.
The talk was attended by 40 delegates and covered issues in women's health that are relevant in day to day general practice. Dr. Shobha P , Consultant family physician from Lakeshore hospital started the session with a talk on 'Preventive health for women’. Dr. Anjum Khalid, Consultant Gynecologist from Vijayalakshmi Medical Center talked about 'The Contraception Cafeteria’. ‘Menopause and HRT’ was covered by Dr. Rajalakshmi, who is also a consultant Gynecologist from Vijayalakshmi Medical Center. Dr. Indhu Rajeev, Consultant Family Physician, Vijayalakshmi Medical Center discussed ‘GDM- The basics and the latest’. Dr. Sangeetha Suresh, Consultant Family Physician, Chazhikkattu Hospital, Thodupuzha talked about ‘ Managing menstrual problems in Primary care. DNB Residents from Lourde Hospital and Lakeshore hospital discussed clinical cases on women's health. The session ended with a hearty lunch.
The third annual state conference of Family Medicine conducted by the Academy of Family Physicians of India (AFPI)Kerala Chapter- AFPICON Kerala 2019- was held at Nila residency,Shoranur on 12th and 13th of January 2019. There were hands-on workshop for postgraduate students and general practitioners on the first day and scientific sessions on the second day of the conference. The theme of the conference was "Family Medicine: Empowering Primary Care".
The conference was inaugurated by Mr. M. B. Rajesh, Member of Parliament. Dr. Raman Kumar, President,WONCA South Asia and President - AFPI, Dr. P. K. Jameela, Ardram Consultant, Dr. M.E. Sugathan, President, IMA Kerala, Dr. Sushama, President, KGMOA Palakkad, Dr Resmi S. Kaimal, President, AFPI Kerala, Dr. Serin Kuriaose, Secretary, AFPI Kerala Dr. Nadeem Abootty, Organising Chairperson, AFPICON Kerala 2019 and Dr Kailas P, Organising Secretary AFPICON Kerala 2019 also spoke at the inaugural ceremony. AFPI Kerala awards for the best zonal chapter (Mid-zone), Member of the year (Dr.Anoop K.J.) and Young doctor of the year (Dr. Mathews Marian Mathew) were presented at the inaugural function.
On the first day 120 doctors attended the workshops. The morning session was "RECTIFY – Rural Emergency Care Training for Family Physicians" conducted by Dr. Nisanth Menon and team. The participants were given hands on training on Cardiac Life Support, Trauma life support, Pediatric and Obstetric emergencies. The post-lunch workshop on "Devices in Family Practice" was conducted by Dr. Deepak P. and team.AFPI Kerala Chapter General body meeting was conducted on 12th Saturday evening.
400 doctors attended the main conference on 13th January. The scientific sessions included Recent advances in wound care by Dr. Pawan Wagle, Ordering and interpreting common imaging studies by Dr. Roby Prasad, Rheumatology in general practice by Prof. Dr. Abdul Majeed K., Dyspepsia-Beyond PPI and Domperidone by Dr. Indhu Rajeev, Life style management by Prof. Dr. P.K. Sasidharan, Common paediatric problems by Prof. Dr.Purushothaman K., End of Life Care by Dr. Shobha P., Common mental health problems in primary care by Dr. Roshni M., Gynaecology in general practice by Dr. Resmi S. Kaimal and Return of the GP by Dr Bijayraj R.
There was a panel discussion on the role and scope of Family Medicine specialists in the current healthcare delivery scenario in Kerala. The discussion was moderated by Dr. Serin Kuriakose, Secretary, AFPI Kerala and representatives of Ardram project, AFPI, KGMOA, IMA and academic institutions like Govt. Medical College Calicut and CMC Vellore participated in the panel discussion. There were deliberations on the role of qualified Family Physicians in primary care, with special emphasis on the Family Health Centres under the Ardram project by Govt.of Kerala.
An online GP survey was conducted in connection with the conference and the results of this survey was presented by Dr. Jisha V. The conclusions and recommendations of this survey would definitely help in improving the quality of primary health care services.
There was a quiz competition conducted for postgraduate residents and interns. 17 teams participated in the preliminary round from which 4 teams qualified for the finals. The team from Aster MIMS, Kozhikode (Dr. Jasheera and Dr. Mumina) emerged winners and the team from VPS Lakeshore hospital, Kochi (Dr. Nisha and Dr. Neethu) came second. Cash awards and certificates were awarded to the winners.
The poster presentation competition for postgraduate residents had 23 entries. Jury praised the quality and the high standards of posters. Dr. Dona Leo Tom of Govt. Medical College, Calicut secured the first prize.
AFPI had displayed a time line of events in the history of AFPI Kerala since its inception - Milestones of AFPI Kerala which attracted public attention. Another attraction at the venue was 100 faces of AFPI Kerala.
AFPICON Kerala 2019 has set a new landmark in the history of Family Medicine in Kerala by the number of participants and the excellent scientific sessions and policy discussions.
Academy of Family Physicians of India (AFPI) Kerala chapter, in association with JWALA conducted a seminar on breast cancer awareness at Kalloorkkad, Muvattupuzha on 5th January 2019.
The programme was inaugurated by Dr Amarlal, Medical Officer, Kalloorkkad Health Centre. AFPI Kerala chapter state president Dr. Resmi S. Kaimal and secretary Dr. Serin Kuriakose conducted awareness classes on breast cancer including risk factors, screening, early detection and treatment. The event was supported by Kalloorkkad co-operative society and CDS.
Breast cancer is one of the leading causes of mortality and morbidity in India. Early detection and treatment initiation can help save many lives. JWALA has been conducting various awareness programmes for breast cancer prevention and early detection. AFPI Kerala has joined hands with them in this endeavour.
400 people attended the seminar. It was an interactive session where the queries and concerns of women regarding breast cancer were discussed.
In the near future, there are plans to conduct breast cancer screening camps as a joint venture.
First AFPI Kerala North Zone meeting and training of office bearers was held at Government Medical College, Calicut at 3.00 p.m. on 27th August 2017.
AFPI Kerala Founder President Dr. Bijayraj and AFPI Kerala Founder Treasuer Dr. Anand attended the meeting.
First AFPI Kerala South Zone Meeting and training of Zonal Office bearers was held at CHC Enadimangalam, Aroor, Pathanamthitta District.
Second Quarterly Mid Zone CME was held at Lourdes Hospital on 20th August 2017.
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