The new team of office bearers of Vidarbha Association of Pathologists and Microbiologists (VAPM) for the year 2017-18 was installed on Sunday, June 4 at Hotel Centre Point Nagpur. While renowned pathologist Dr (Major) Shantanu Mukerji was installed as the President, renowned surgical pathologist Dr Prachi Sancheti was installed as the Honorary Secretary.
Attended by more than 200 pathologists and microbiologists from all over Vidarbha, the program began with Dr Rasika Gadkari, the outgoing President, welcoming the guests. The program was followed by a report by the outgoing Secretary Dr Mohini Dave.
Chief guest Dr Vedprakash Mishra – Chancellor and Guest of Honor Dr Anita Borges (internationally acclaimed surgical pathologist from Mumbai) installed the team of office bearers, which included Dr Nitin Shende – Vice President, Dr Sabiha Maimoon – Joint Secretary, Dr Nitin Rathi – Treasurer, Dr Jaishree Joshi – Joint Treasurer and Dr Avinash Deshmukh – President Elect.
Dr Mukerji in his acceptance speech stressed on how one should strive continuously to attain excellence, both personal and professional. He even proposed the idea of holding an annual regional conference of the organisation.
Chief Guest Dr Vedprakash Mishra enlightened the gathering about the changing role of diagnostic sciences in the current era of person centric medical care and stressed on the importance of pathologists to live up to the changing trends in health sector.
Dr R Ravi, reputed surgical pathologist of Nagpur, spoke about the limitations of thyroid FNAC. Dr Nitin Gangane – Director Professor and Head, Department of Pathology, MGIMS, Sevagram, gave a lucid talk on Pathology of leprosy.
In addition to VAPM members, the installation ceremony was attended by the who’s who of medical fraternity. The CME was highly appreciated by the attendees.
Dr Prachi Sancheti proposed the vote of thanks. Dr Anita Borges was conferred upon with Dr Maitreyee Munshi Memorial Oration award. She spoke on her perspective about ‘The Future of Cytology’ explaining why it needs to be reinvented to maintain its relevance in the upcoming scenario in the field of tissue diagnosis.