Undergraduate medical students of JJ Hospital will organise an international conference, Medicon 2011, on research for the first time in the city from May 11 to 14. Though research is not a part of the medical curriculum for undergraduate students and is conducted by few doctors in the city, the doctors claim that this conference is an attempt to encourage more students to take up research activities.
Medicine GenNext is the theme of the conference. Scientific reviewers at the hospital have already received almost 600 research proposals from students in India and eight from other countries including the United States, Russia, Netherlands and Pakistan. The team will choose the best 120 for an oral presentation and 300 for a poster presentation.
“An international conference on research has never been conducted in a government hospital across the country. Moreover, little is done on research in the city. This is a step to motivate students to do more research,” said Dr TP Lahane, dean, JJ Hospital.
The four-day conference is organised by students and will be inaugurated by Dr VM Katoch, director general of Indian Council of Medical Research, Delhi. The conference will include workshops, competitions, lectures by prominent doctors and debates.
“Abstracts of the research and the entire study of 10 best researches will be published in an international journal,” said Dr Alaka Deshpande, executive president and professor of medicine at JJ Hospital.
Students, too, are very excited. “The conference will touch upon some of the biggest issues in the health sector today such as indiscriminate use of antibiotics and medical ethics,” said Abhimanyu Singh, an intern with the hospital and the organising secretary of Medicon 2011.