The department of Cardio Thoracic and Vascular Surgery of the Sri Sathya Sai Institute of Higher Medical Sciences, Prasanthigram, is organized a two-day Midterm Cardiac Continuing Medical Education(CME) programme under the aegis of the Indian Association of Cardio Vascular Thoracic Surgeons (IACTS).
CME programmes consist of educational activities, which serve to maintain, develop and increase the knowledge, skills and professional performance of the physicians.
The two-day programme organized by SSSIHMS, Prasanthigram, covered a range of topics that were invaluable to the post-graduate trainees of Cardio Thoracic and Vascular Surgery.
The scientific sessions were as follows:
1. Symposium on the Basics of Mitral Valve
2. Symposium on Mitral Valve Replacement I
3. Symposium on Mitral Valve Replacement II
4. Symposium on Mitral Valve Repair (Congenital)
5. Symposium on Mitral Valve Repair (Adult)
6. Smposium on Channelges in Mitral Valve Surgery
7. Symposium on newer vistas in Mitral Valve Surgery
Around 120 post-graduate trainees and cardiac surgeons from across India attended the conference. The faculty members included renowned cardiac surgeons like Dr. S. Rajan, the Secretary of IACTS, Dr. Valluvan Jeevanandam, Chief Cardiothoracic Surgeon, University of Chicago and
Dr. Mohan Sarabu Chief Adult Cardiac Surgeon , Vassar Brothers Medical Centre, New York, USA among others.
Speaking at the inauguration of the programme, Dr. Choudary Voleti, Director of SSSIHMS, Prasanthigram, said that Bhagawan Sri Sathya Sai Baba started the hospital in 1991 to provide state-of- the-art care to all the patients completely free of charge. “Though we never calculate the monetary value of the service being provided at our hospital, but I can estimate that value of the service provided by the SSSIHMS, Prasanthigram in the past 24 years would easily come to around Rs.500 to Rs.600 crores. “All this just for the service to the society by Bhagawan Baba,” he said.
“If in Western countries such care is provided it would cost around a 1 billion dollars,” Dr. Voleti added.
Speaking about the conference faculty member Dr. Mohan Sarabu, Chief Adult Cardiac Surgeon, Vassar Brother Medical Centre, New York, the USA, said that the topics at the conference would help the delegates at the conference to widen the horizons of their knowledge of the subject. “The presentations were such that they encouraged discussion in the young professionals,” he said. Mentioning about Bhagawan Sri Sathya Sai Baba’s health care philosophy, he said that health was a basic human need and had to be provided to all completely free of charge. “While we have progressed economically and technologically, yet we have failed to be more human, Dr. Sarabu said. “But Bhagawan Baba has shown us the way not just by words but through His actions how we should benefit the humankind,” he added.
Talking about the conference Prof. James Thomas, HoD, Cardiac Surgery, from D.Y. Patil University and Hospital, Mumbai said that the content of the conference was of high quality and many techniques were discussed regarding the mitral valve surgery, which were beneficial to the students, he said. “The quality of presentation was of a high quality, and various aspects of the mitral valve surgery were discussed, which made the conference top notch,” he added. Speaking about the philosophy of totally free healthcare being provided by Bhagawan Baba, Dr. Thomas mentioned it was a unique concept. “Here patients can just come get all the treatment they require and walk out without ever bothering about the paying for the medical care,” he said.” “Because of this unique concept medical care can be accessed by poor people who have otherwise no access to medical care,” he added.
Delegates who attended the conference felt that the conference was enlightening. Dr. Chitralekha, a Cardiac Surgeon from SRM Hospital Chennai, said that many newer techniques of performing a Mitral Valve surgery were discussed at the conference. “I believe that the conference would benefit not just the students, but faculty also,” she said. “I hope the SSSIHMS, Prasanthigram, conducts such conferences every year, so that we could be a part of it” she said.