The department of Cardio Thoracic and Vascular Surgery of the Sri Sathya Sai Institute of Higher Medical Sciences, Prasanthigram, is organizing 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 being organized by SSSIHMS, Prasanthigram covers a range of topics that are invaluable to the post-graduate trainees of Cardio Thoracic and Vascular Surgery.
The scientific sessions include case presentations and symposia of surgically challenging and technically demanding cases to help guide daily practice at junior and senior levels.
Around 120 post-graduate trainees and cardiac surgeons from across India are attending the conference. The faculty members include 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 1 billion dollars,” Dr. Voleti added.
Talking about the post-graduate training programme in Cardiac Surgery at SSSIHMS, Prasanthigram, Dr. Voleti mentioned that it was a unique programme, where cardiac surgery cases were evenly split 1/3rd being congenital surgeries, 1/3rd coronary surgeries and 1/3rd valve surgeries, which is not seen anywhere else,” Dr. Choudary added.
The topics discussed on the first day included, ‘Symposium on Mitral Valve Replacement’, ‘Case Presentations’, and ‘Symposium on Mitral Valve Repair’.
The inauguration of the CME was attended by the Trustee of the Sri Sathya Sai Central Trust, Sri R J Rathnakar, Secretary SSSCT, Sri Prasada Rao and the Vice Chancellor of the Sri Sathya Sai Institute of Higher Learning, Prof K B R Varma.