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National Conference on Changing Trends in Health Professions Education (NC-CTHPE 2016)

Medical Education Unit of MGMCRI and Dental Education Unit of IGIDS, under the aegis of Dept of Health Professions Education organized a three days National Conference on “Changing Trends in Health Professions Education (NC-CTHPE 2016)” on 18-20, August 2016. While Day 1 was devoted to discussions on Undergraduate Dental Education, the Day 2 and 3 focused on trends in Medical Education. The three day academic feast had received a ‘30 points CME credit’ by the TNDrMGR University, a record in the history of Conferences held by Sri Balaji Vidyapeeth. More than 250 delegates from medical and dental fraternity participated.

Some of the unique features of this conference were participation by the leaders of regulatory bodies like Medical Council of India and Dental Council of India, talks and workshops by the top notch leaders in medical education across the country and sharing of best experiences and innovations introduced by the SBV with medical and dental fraternity from other colleges.

Highlights of Medical Education Conference
The medical conference was attended by more than 150 participants from medical colleges in Pondicherry and neighboring states. The conference was inaugurated by Prof Ved Prakash Mishra, Chairman, Academic Committee, Medical Council of India in presence of Dr Prasanth Rajagopalan, Vice Chairman of Sri Balaji Vidyapeeth. Prof K.R. Sethuraman, Vice Chancellor, SBV, chaired the inaugural session. Prof N. Ananthakrishnan, Dean, Research & AHS, welcomed the gathering. Dr B.V. Adkoli, Organizing Chairman, introduced the chief guest and Dr Seetesh Ghose, Organizing Secretary, proposed a vote of thanks.

The speakers consisted of  renowned medical educationists, Dr Tejinder Singh, CMC, Ludhiana, Dr Rita Sood, AIIMS, New Delhi, Dr Anshu, Sevagram, Wardha, Dr Avinash Supe, Seth GS Medical College, Mumbai, Dr Himanshu Pandya, Karamsad, Gujarat, Dr P.V. Vijayaraghavan, SRMC, Chennai, Dr Latha Ravichandran, SRMC, Dr Krishna Seshadri, Chennai, besides stalwarts from SBV, Prof K.R. Sethuraman, Vice Chancellor, SBV, and Prof. N. Ananthakrishnan, Dean Research & AHS.     The

conference gave an opportunity for the SBV to present some of the major innovations done under the umbrella of SBV AHEAD, viz., assessment reforms in medical education (Dr V. N. Mahalakshmi), MEU activities (Dr Seetesh Ghose), DEU activities (Dr Usha Carounanidy) and HPE Courses (Dr M. Shivasakthy).

A conference souvenir CD edited and compiled by Dr N. Uma was released on the occasion. There was a symposium forum on Integrated Teaching, chaired by Dr M. Ravishankar, Dean, MGMCRI. The panelists were  Dr P.V. Vijayaraghavan, Dean Education, SRMU, Dr Latha Ravichandran, SRMC, Chennai,  Dr Gitanjali Batmanabane, JIPMER, Pondicherry, Dr Himanshu Pandya, PSMC, Karamsad and Dr V.N. Mahalakshmi, MGMCRI.  

Free paper sessions were arranged for the participants to present their work on both the days which covered more than 30 papers. There were five hands on workshops besides, symposia and thematic free paper sessions. The workshop themes included, Change Management, Approach to problem learners, Mentoring and Feedback, Teaching clinical skills in the digital era and Professionalism.

The three days of academic feast has reaffirmed the role of SBV as a key player in the field of health professions education in India.