Two Days National Workshop on Scientific Writing Commenced

Chandigarh,14.12.19-The ‘Two Days National Workshop on Scientific Writing’ commenced today at the Department of Community Medicine & School of Public Health, PGIMER, Chandigarh. Prof. G.D Puri Dean Research PGIMER conveyed his best wishes to the organizers and participation. Prof. Sanjay Zodpey, Vice President (Academics), Public Health Foundation India & Director, Indian Institute of Public Health, Delhi was the Guest of Honour.

The workshop saw a diverse participation from clinicians, public health researchers, professionals from the social development sector, students and faculty from 12 states across the country.

Prof. Zodpey highlighted that funds are available from various organizations for not only core research but also activities like program development, evaluation, technical assistance and capacity building but the key to get these funds lies in the quality of writing proposals for these grants. There is a need to create research ambience in the institutes and develop collaborative networks within the country and globally. He emphasized that there are no short-cuts. Researchers need to work hard, spend time on their proposals, review multiple times and ensure peer reviews. There should be a culture of trust among peers.

Prof. Zodpey detailed the nitty-gritties of grant and proposal writing across a series of sessions. The participants took the opportunity of sharing their experiences and doubts regarding grant proposals during the sessions. Dr. Habib from Public Health Foundation India, deliberated on the financial aspects of project writing.

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5 Day Executive Leadership Program Kick-starts at PGIMER Chandigarh

Public Health Best Practices to be showcased to public health managers of Odisha

A 5 Day Executive Leadership Program for state and District level government officials from Odisha will be starting at PGIMER Chandigarh from 15th – 20th December 2019.The first 2 days of the program will be organised by Department of Community Medicine and School of Public Health, PGIMER at Hotel Shivalik View, sector 17, Chandigarh and the next 3 days delegates will be visiting Mahidol University, Thailand.

This flagship program isfirstprogram in series which caters on building capacity of senior level government officials in leadership. The program is fully sponsored by Department of Health and Family Welfare, National Health Mission Odisha. The program aims to enhance the skills and competencies of middle and senior level program managers in leadership skills for addressing public health challenges and strengthening efficiency of organizations in limited resource settings.

A total of 20 delegates shall be participating in the current program. These participants are involved in formulating and/or implementing health (or health related) policies at regional or national level.

The program shall be taught by eminent faculty through various learning methodology like case studies, games, quiz, role plays, videos, mobile applications etc. Besides, there shall be field visits wherein they shall visit Municipal Corporation of Chandigarh showcasing India’s “Smart city concept”. They shall also be visiting selected departments of PGIMER to witness State of Art patient care services like tele-evidencing, telemedicine centre, Hospital security systemetc.

Apart from this, Leadership Summit and Networking Dinneris planned on 15th December2019, where Leaders of various fields will share their experience and delegates will get a chance to build networking for future endeavours. After the program, they will make an Action Plan for thir Country/Institution based upon the learning of program. It will be followed up by the program organisers where they will send Action Plan Implementation Report after 3 months of program.

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Dr Rajendra Rao CME on Women's Imaging inaugurated today at PGIMER
The Dr Rajendra Rao CME on Women's Imaging was inaugurated today at PGIMER, Chandigarh by Prof. Arvind Rajwanshi, Dean of the Institute. Dr Shailesh Lunawat, Secretary, Indian College of Radiology,ICRI, was the guest of honour. Others present were the President and Secretary of the Chandigarh Chapter of Indian Radiological and Imaging Association, Dr MS Sandhu and Dr Naveen Kalra respectively and Dr Kushaljit Singh Sodhi, Vice Chairperson of ICRI.

The meeting is being conducted by ICRI and is being hosted by the Chandigarh Chapter of Indian Radiological and Imaging Association at PGIMER, Chandigarh on 14th and 15th December 2019. The primary focus of the meeting is imaging of the breast and gynaecological imaging.

Dr MS Sandhu, Organizing Chairman and Head, Department of Radiodiagnosis, PGIMER said that women’s imaging is an important sub-speciality of radiology as it deals with early diagnosis and screening of breast and cervical cancers which are now the leading cause of mortality among women both worldwide as well as in India. Dr Naveen Kalra, Organizing Secretary of the CME and Professor in the Department of Radiodiagnosis, added that the women’s imaging section of the department provides excellence in diagnosis to women having breast, gynaecological and obstetric problems.

Dr Rajwanshi highlighted that there is the availability of state of the art equipment's which includes digital breast tomosynthesis (3D mammography), automated breast ultrasound (ABUS), shear wave and strain ultrasound elastography systems, upright as well as prone table stereotactic biopsy units, 1.5 T and 3 T MRI machines as well as bone densitometry machine at PGIMER in the department of Radiodiagnosis. There is an active breast biopsy service with over 1500 needle biopsies performed every year. Other advanced procedures including vacuum-assisted biopsies, pre-operative wire localisation and bracketing of breast malignancies and high intensity focused ultrasound for non-surgical treatment of uterine fibroids are available in the department.

Dr Veenu Singla and Dr Tulika Singh, state coordinators of the meeting, said that as the demand of expertise in this field is increasing, the department is going to start the much-awaited fellowship in women’s imaging from July 2020 session. It is worth mentioning that a lot of the breast and women’s imaging facilities are comprehensively located in the New OPD building of PGIMER so that patients can conveniently access them in one location.

Experts from all across the country will deliver didactic lectures covering various aspects of this rapidly emerging field in this two day academic feast. More than 250 delegates are expected to enrich their knowledge through interactive interesting film reading sessions and electronic paper presentations