Dr C Amarnath, organising chairman of Tamil Nadu and Pondicherry chapter of Indian Radiological & Imaging Association (IRIA) 2014 reflects on the success of the conference
Tamil Nadu and Pondicherry chapter of Indian Radiological & Imaging Association (IRIA) recently concluded their 67th annual conference that was held from December 19 – 21, 2014 in Chennai. The theme of the conference was ‘International update on muscoskeletal, head and neck Imaging’ and was organised by Dr C Amarnath as the organizing chairman and Dr J Devi Meenal and Dr G Sathyan. It was a great success with high participation from practitioners from Kerala, Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh, Telangana, and Maharashtra in overwhelming numbers.
The main focus of the conference was muscular skeleton and head and neck imaging. On the first day we had had three parallel tracks and the first day workshop was on obstetrics ultrasound and Doppler and fetal Echo. It was a knowledge exchange platform that the Department of Radiodiagnosis, Stanley Medical College conducted three preconference STAR workshops STAR FetUS that focused on obstetrics USG, Doppler, Foetal Echo, Foetal MRI, STAR MUST with focus on MRI and US Training in MSK, STAR SINE highlighted STAR Imaging of Neck with Experts-Head and Neck Demo at the annual conference and was held at Tamil Nadu Multi Super Specialty Hospital, Chennai. These were conducted by senior radiologists Dr Bhupathi Vijay Raghavan and Dr Indrani Suresh from Chennai with Dr TS Ramamurthi from Bangalore. Second conference was on muscular imaging that was conducted by international faculty that included Prof.AT Ahuja from The Chinese University of Hong Kong, Dr M Chandramohan, University of Leeds, UK and Dr Girish Gandikota, University of Michigan, USA. The third workshop was on head and neck imaging had many state faculties that participated. They had excellent quality of teaching material and the workshop was very beneficial from this interaction. The last day saw enthusiastic participation from academicians with excellent case studies in paper and poster presentations.
The conference went a step ahead to academics by addition of personal development workshops such as ‘Teaching the Teachers’ session had ten best cases presented by experts and had young academicians ask their questions to them. There were also career and life management guidance provided. The award for the Prof. T S Swaminathan Young Achiever Award was given to Dr C Ambarnath for his exemplary work in the field of radiology. The glimpses and hands-on-experience on technology was provided for all participants as the conference had exhibitions and latest state-of-the art devices on display from all the leading companies in the radiology sector including GE Healthcare, Carestream, Sanrad Medical Systems, Siemens among others.
An Enriching Experience
As healthcare professionals, we are committed to providing the highest quality of care to our patients. In order to accomplish that, we need to maintain our professional edge by attending courses, viewing equipment and establishing lasting connections with our colleagues. This conference was the first IRIA annual conference organised by Stanley Medical College after almost 75 years of clinical excellence. IRIA 2014 offered a full menu of options – educational opportunities in every subspecialty and in many different formats including case-based reviews, hands-on workshops, symposium and self-study exhibits, and quiz. The organizing committee left no stone unturned in making the participation of delegates a pleasant and fruitful experience