A brief Summary of IOM Academic Meet
Dr. Bidur Adhikari
The Institute of Medicine is celebrating its 50th anniversary this year with Prof. Dibya Singh Shaha, Dean as the chairperson of the organizing committee, marked by many events, including the ‘IOM Academic Meet’ held on the 9th of July at Park Village Resort, Kathmandu. The Meet was organized with Prof Mohan Raj Sharma, Head of the Department of Neurosurgery and Research as the coordinator along with Prof. Sudha Basnet, Prof. Meenu Chaudhari, Dr. Samarika Dahal, Dr. Bidur Adhikari, Dr. Anamika Jha, Dr. Ritesh Lamsal, Ms. Shreejana Singh, Ms. Tulza KC and Dr. Ujwal Khanal as members.
With Vice-Chancellor Prof. Dharma Kanta Baskota as the chief guest, the event was attended by some of the biggest names in the field of medicine and healthcare in Nepal.
The first session saw heads of the constituent and affiliated institutions presenting their history, achievements, and current status. Additionally, respective directors of TUTH, BP Koirala Lions Center for Ophthalmic Studies, Manmohan Cardiothoracic Vascular and Transplant Center, and Ayurved Campus and Teaching hospital also showcased the activities and achievements of their institutions.
The highlight of the event was a keynote speech by Prof. Sanduk Ruit, on “ Breaking barriers of eye care in Nepal” who spoke about his experiences of pioneering and performing complex cataract surgeries in Nepal and beyond.
During the next presentation session, Professor Bhagwan Koirala highlighted how cardiac surgery has been progressing in Nepal for the past 25 years, followed by Prof. Ishwar Lohani, Prof. Paleswan Joshi Lakhey, Prof. Subhash Acharya, and Assoc. Prof. Santa K Das sharing achievements made in the fields of plastic surgery, gastrointestinal surgery, critical care, and respiratory medicine respectively.
The second half of the session took an interesting turn as Dr. Usha Jha moderated a session on the role of IOM in healthcare in Nepal, with representatives from the University Grants Commission, Ministry of Education, Ministry of Health and Population, Medical Education Commission, and National Planning commission. As the discussion centered around TU Teaching Hospital and its services, hospital director Prof. Dinesh Kafle highlighted how the hospital had been neglected by authorities in all of these institutions, and how immediate actions were required from these agencies to save the hospital from collapsing.
The next session saw the air much lighter, with past deans of the institute, Prof. Hemang Dixit, Prof. Gopal P. Acharya, Prof. Madan P. Upadhyaya, Prof. Arun Sayami, Prof. Rakesh P. Shrivastav, and Prof. Jagdish Agrawal sharing their experiences of working in often turbulent political settings.
The event was concluded by an academic session, where papers were presented by the faculty in dentistry, radiology, and cardiology. Assistant Dean Prof. Pradeep Vaidya finally concluded the session with a vote of thanks.