On last Friday and Saturday, the 18th and 19th of January 2013, I attended the Indo-UK Diabetes Summit as a Delegate.
I found the following very interesting and useful.
1. While the conference was intended for medical professionals treating Diabetes and its complications, it wasn’t filled with the medical jargon. As a layperson, I was able to understand bits and pieces enough to ask a few questions.
2. The emphasis of the British team on evidence-based research was overwhelming. Having no experience of the Indian context, I cannot compare but the relentless pursuit for statistically valid evidence was very visible.
3. There was a quiz at the beginning of the summit and while I entertained some notions about participating, I was happy that I didn’t because it was meant for medical students and even they found it extremely tough.
4. By and large, the sessions started and ended on time.
5. It was great to watch Indian doctors standing tall (and in some occasions taller too) with their British counterparts in terms of their breadth of knowledge, quality of presentations and adept handling of the questions.
6. There were a few doctors of Indian origin in the British delegation and they were regarded very highly by the British doctors for their competence and calibre.
7. 5 young medical professionals made presentations on their studies and answered questions from the jury and the audience within a tight time limit and two of them were declared joint winners.
8. Some of the interesting sessions (to me) were the path-breaking studies about Diabetes prevalence in India, Wound healing and diabetic Foot, Diabetes and the Brain & the use of information to provide better diabetes care.
I would like to suggest to the organizers to have sessions in subsequent events dealing with the behavioural aspects of the patients that largely determine their compliance to the treatment regimen and protocol. It was touched upon but I think it deserves a focused treatment.
Personally, I was able to understand certain phenomenon related to diabetes as a non-medical professional and interact with some of the brightest minds.
I hope to write a few more posts on the individual sessions of the Summit.