Communication from : Dr. B.L.Sherval, Secretary, IAMM National Body :
Sub : Laboratory Capacity Survey
The Indian Association of Medical Microbiologists (IAMM) (http://www.iamm.in/) with support from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) (https://www.cdc.gov/) is working together to identify in-country diagnostic resources and to create a database of important public and private sector laboratories across the country. This will include both human and veterinary labs that exhibit capacity for public health purposes (e.g. testing capacity for epidemic prone disease, participation in outbreak investigations and potential public health emergencies).
Although, India has a few robust laboratory networks with good public health competencies, the diagnostic and network capacities available outside these established networks are often under-utilized during public health events and emergencies. To address this issue, IAMM has taken up the responsibility to review the current laboratory diagnostic capacities in and outside the network. This information will be used to highlight the strengths of each laboratory and to identify key areas that can be further supported to strengthen the lab. This will ultimately lead to enhancement of capacity, optimization of resources, and a robust country-wide lab network for important communicable diseases.
Understanding the importance of this initiative, you are kindly requested to participate by providing basic information about the capacity and function of your institution/laboratory (see questionnaire attached). It would be much appreciated if you return the completed questionnaire at firstname.lastname@example.org by the 25th April, 2017.
If you have any queries regarding filling out this form, you may kindly contact Ms. Richa Kedia (at email@example.com) between 9.30 AM and 5.30 PM on any working day.
Your contribution to this far-reaching endeavor will be greatly appreciated.
Thank you again for your contribution.
With Warm Regards
Dr B L Sherwal
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XX IAMM TAPC CHAPTER ANNUAL STATE CONFERENCE - 2017
RANGARAYA MEDICAL COLLEGE, KAKINADA
21ST-22ND JANUARY 2017
The XX IAMM TAPC Chapter Annual Conference was organized by the Department of Microbiology, Rangaraya Medical College, Kakinada on 21st and 22nd January 2017. Dr. K.R.L.Suryakirani, Professor and Head of Microbiology, Rangaraya Medical College (RMC) is the organizing secretary of the conference.
The programme started with an half day CME on “ ROLE OF MICROSCOPY IN CLINICAL MICROBIOLOGY”. Dr. Ranganathan Iyer, Consultant Microbiologist, Global Hospitals, has shared his practical experience through his presentation on staining techniques in Microbiology. Later there was a talk on Histopathology in Infectious diseases, by Dr. C.V.Lakshmi, Asst Professor of Pathology, Rangaraya Medical College. Her lecture was followed by demonstration of various histopathology slides relevant to clinical microbiology.
The Inaugural ceremony of the conference was held at 11.00 AM on 21st January 2017. The ceremony was attended by Dr. Vasanthi Kabra, President of IAMM TAPC Chapter, Dr. D.S.Murty, Secretary of IAMM TAPC Chapter, Dr. K.R.L. Suryakirani, Organising Secretary of the conference, her team , executive members of IAMM TAPC CHAPTER, and other delegates. Dr. M.Satyavani,MD, Former Professor and Head of Microbiology, RMC was the guest of honor; Dr I.V.Rao, M.D., Former Director of Medical Education and Vice Chancellor of Dr. NTR University of Health Sciences, was the chief guest. Dr. K.Babji, MS,MCh(Neuro) , Director of Medical Education (Academic) was the special guest for the ceremony. Dr. O.Satyanarayana and Dr. Kasturi, Treasurer, IAMM TAPC conducted the proceedings. Dr P.Balamurali Krishna, Professor and Head of Microbiology, Gayatri Vidya Parishad, welcomed all the guests and gave a poetic commentary of the proceedings. Dr. D.S.Murty, Secretary of IAMM TAPC Chapter presented the report and mentioned the development of website, ongoing membership drive and other activities like PG write up competitions held during last year. The coference souvenir and CD were released by Dr Raghavender Rao, Vice Principal, RMC. The IAMM TAPC Chapter Annual News Bulletin was released by Dr. Y.Nageswara Rao, M.S, Superintendent , Govt General Hospital, RMC. All the guests delivered their messages and emphasized the role of clinical microbiology in the patient care. A special emphasis was made regarding the development of virology laboratories in the state to handle the epidemics like swine flu.
Dr. Rajyalakshmi Memorial Oration was delivered by Dr. M.V.Ramanamma on “Applications of Flow Cytometry in Clincial Microbiology”. Later there were presentations for Dr. C.S.Bhaskaran Medal and Dri B.Krishna Rao memorial prize for post graduates. General body meeting was held in the evening at 5.30 PM. The venue of the next conference was decided in the general body meeting. The next conference will be conducted by : Narayana Medical College, Nellore with Dr. P. Sreenivasulu Reddy, Professor and Head as the Organising Secretary. It was also resolved in the general body meeting to institute presidential oration in the state conference too from the next year onwards. several members suggested that the PG examination can be conducted in two days , with key focus on clinical microbiology and also that the peripheral postings of the PGs can be strictly followed. These things will be circulated on the website for a consensus from HODs and for communicating to the university. Dr. K.R.L.Suryakirani, Organising Secretary of the XX IAMM TAPC Chapter Annual State conference was elected as the next President of IAMM TAPC Chapter.
The second day of the conference started with the PG pedagogy (Guntur Medical College prize )on “Microscopy- Different techniques and Advances” – 5 post graduates from 5 colleges have presented in the stipulated time of 10 minutes each and were evaluated adapted microteaching guidelines. All the senior retired professors of RMC were felicitated after the pedagogy competition. Later postgraduate quiz (Dr Satyanarayana Prize) was conducted by Dr. D.S.Murty, Secretary of IAMM TAPC Chapter. Dr. V.Lakshmi, Professor and HOD of NIMS, Hyderabad delivered a guest lecture on “Recent Advances in the Diagnosis of Arboviral Infections”.
The other competitions (RMC Prize for Sr. Faculty , Smt. BS Laxmi Prize for Junior Faculty, Sri ISN Murthy Prize for Posters and Free papers) were held afterwards. The conference ended with the valedictory and awarding prizes to the winners in various competitions.
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XX IAMM TAPC CHAPTER ANNUAL STATE CONFERENCE - 2017
RANGARAYA MEDICAL COLLEGE, KAKINADA
21ST-22ND JANUARY 2017
MINUTES OF THE GENERAL BODY MEETING HELD AT 5.30 PM ON 21ST JANUARY 2017
The agenda and points discussed in Genera body meeting were as follows : :
1. Decision regarding next conference (2018) : Dr. P. Sreenivasulu Reddy, Professor and Head of Narayana Medical College, Nellore proposed that he will conduct the XXI IAMM TAPC Chapter Annual Conference in 2018 at Narayana Medical College, Nellore. The proposal was accepted by the general body. The dates will be decided later after the announcement of examination calendar of the university.
2. Treasurer’s report : Dr. Kasturi P., Treasurer of IAMM TAPC Chapter presented the Treasurer’s report. The general body approved it.
3. Memberships and membership fees : The general body at length discussed various aspects and arrived at the following decisions :
a. The life membership fees will be enhanced to Rs 1500/- from Rs. 1000/- w.e.f. 1st March 2017
b. Annual memberships will no longer be permitted.
c. All the postgraduates are required to take 3-year PG membership (no change in the fee of Rs. 500/-) that is valid for 3 years.
d. All senior residents are eligible to take a life membership.
e. All those who are applying for life membership are recommended to take the National IAMM Membership also. That is also a prerequisite for participating in some of the competitions (refer to guidelines).
4. Dr. Ranganathan Iyer proposed institution of presidential oration in the state conference too. The general body accepted it and it is decided to allot a slot of 40 minutes (35 min actual talk + 5 min introduction) on the first day of the conference after inaugural ceremony. Organising committee will bear the TA and DA for the same.
5. Dr Iyer also proposed conduction of midterm CME : the general body declined the proposal as there were already several zonal CMEs going on in different parts of the state and it is mandatory for the postgraduates to attend those CMEs.
6. Electing the executive body : Dr. K.R.L.Suryakirani will be the President of IAMM TAPC Chapter and taken over the charge from Dr. Vasanti Kabra. The other members of the executive body will be elected during the general body meeting to be held in 2018 at Narayana Medical College, Nellore. An announcement will be released to that effect in October 2017.
7. Donations for the prizes : many of the existing prizes have fixed deposits and interest generated on them is being utilized for giving the awards. However, some awards are being brought by the donors themselves at the time of conference. Dr. K.R.L.Suryakirani madam announced that she will deposit the amount for the prizes already instituted by her. It is decided to write a letter to the other donors too to deposit the amount at the earliest as a fixed deposit with the IAMM TAPC Chapter. For institution of any new prizes, the tariffs are already fixed in an earlier general body meeting at vizag (cash prizes = minimum deposit of Rs. 50,000/- and medal = Rs. 1,00,000/-).
8. Using National body PAN number : Dr. Prasanthi, vice-president mentioned that, in the general body meeting at the national conference (Chandigarh), a subcommittee has been constituted to amend the IAMM constitution regarding use of PAN Cards, life membership, or any other issue related to the account affiliations. The point is noted by the general body.
9. PG Examination and curriculum : many members recommended that PG practical examination may be shortened for two days, yet to cover the important aspects of practical microbiology. Members felt that it is better to switch over to the practical aspects that are of immediate relevance in the present day context of diagnostic microbiology. A message to highlight similar problem was circulated on the website few years back and a two day schedule designed by Dr. P. Sreenivasulu Reddy, HOD of Narayana Medical College is also available on the website. We will revive it and recirculate seeking the advice of all the heads of the departments and a consolidated opinion of the members can be transmitted to the university for approval. Some also pointed out the issue that the PGs are to be given peripheral postings as per the existing guidelines to increase clinical exposure.
10. Incorporation of medical education concept into the annual conference : Good discussion took place about how to incorporate the topics of medical education into the discussions or deliberations at the conference. But a consensus has not reached. It needs further discussion through online/whatsapp or emails for forming a final opinion.