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Indian Journal of Community Medicine

Activities of Maharashtra Chapter (Mumbai Branch) of IAPSM

Author(s): Editors

Vol. 28, No. 1 (2003-01 - 2003-03)

1. 1st Annual Conference of Maharashtra Chapter (Mumbai Branch) of IAPSM: The first conference of Mumbai branch was held on 29th and 30th of April 2002 at Seth G.S. Medical College and K.E.M. Hospital, Parel, Mumbai-12. 132 delegates from 9 Medical Colleges in and around Mumbai participated in it. The theme for the conference was 'Public Health Challenges in Urban Areas'. The Conference was inaugurated by Dr. Mrudula Phadke, DMER, Maharashtra. Dean of Seth G.S. Medical College expressed her views pertaining to the Conference.

During the conference, 5 plenary sessions were held in which eminent guest speakers were invited to speak on various aspects of Health Care viz. Public Health Challenges in Mumbai, Financing Health Care, Polio Surveillance, Adolescent Health, Emerging and Re-Emerging Infectious Diseases, etc. 33 Scientific papers on different topics such as MCH, Communicable Diseases, Mental Health, Human Sexuality, Non-Communicable Diseases etc. were presented during six scientific sessions.

The General Body Meeting was held on 29th April at 4.00 p.m. The Conference provided platform for active and fruitful interaction among delegates and also with invited dignitaries. All the residents and junior staff members were requested to become Life Members of IAPSM and also it was decided to hold such conferences of Mumbai branch every year. The Conference concluded at 6.00 p.m. on 30th April after the valedictory function.

2. Research Methodology Workshop: The Research Methodology Workshop was held on 23rd and 24th July 2002 at Lokmanya Tilak Municipal Medical College and General Hospital, Sion, Mumbai-22. It was organized by PSM department, LTMMC and LTMGH, Sion and MCIAPSM (Mumbai Branch). Workshop was attended by 48 participants from various Medical Colleges and various medical faculties with the common objective to understand research methodology. Dr. Daksha Pandit, Professor and Head, Department of PSM, LTMMC and LTMGH, Sion and Secretary MCIAPSM (Mumbai Branch) welcomed the dignitaries and participants. Dr. P. Subramaniam, Professor and Head, Department of PSM, Somaiya Medical College and President MCIAPSM (Mumbai Branch) gave her Presidential address. The inaugural speech was given by Dr. M.E. Yeolekar, Dean, LTMMC and LTMGH, Sion. Brief introduction of the proceedings of the workshop was given by the guest faculty, Dr. Sanjay Zodpey, Associate Professor, Department of PSM, GMC, Nagpur. He conducted all the sessions of the workshop.

The topics covered during the workshop were cross-sectional study, literature search, case-control study, research diagnostic tests, meta analysis and writing a research project. The topic of Research Methodology and Biostatistics which is supposed to be difficult to understand was taught in such a simple manner and was so easy to understand that the participants felt that similar workshop with more detailed description of the topics, should be organized in future with Dr. Zodpey as the guest speaker.

The valedictory function was held on 24th July at the end of all 6 sessions. Dr. M.E. Yeolekar, Dean, LTMMC and LTMGH, Sion was the chief guest for the valedictory function. He along with our guest faculty gave away certificates and CDs of the workshop material to the participants. The workshop concluded after the valedictory function. The workshop was a grand success.

Dr. Daksha D. Pandit
Professor and Head
Deptt. of PSM,
Workshop Coordinator & Secretary,
MCIAPSM (Mumbai Branch)

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