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Kudos to Dr Anil Britto for spelling it out for a good cause

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Local celebrities spelled it out in true Spelling Bee style in the fourth annual RVNA Spelling Bee on Wednesday, March 11, at the Ridgefield Playhouse Ridgefield Conneticut .

Dr Britto one of the local celebrity contestant put on a great show ,however victory that night belonged to someone else.
It’s all in good fun and for a great cause — to support RVNA nursing education. Among those competing were RHS senior student Hannah Mercorella; Matt Byrnes, head of Wooster School; Paul Fabbri, RHS teacher and coach; and Dr. Anil Britto of Ridgefield Pediatric Associates.

“This is a terrific group of contestants — they were so enthusiastic and have a great sense of community,” said RVNA Director of Philanthropy Mary Jean Heller. “We are so thankful for their willingness to participate in this fun, family event.
Funds raised through the Bee support RVNA nursing education. RVNA spends roughly $40,000 per year on education and in-service training for its more than 60 nurses, therapists and home health aides. Last year, the agency served nearly 1,200 patients with more than 42,000 home care visits.
 

Swasthya Swaraj and the work of Dr Sr Aquinas

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Moving Mountains
Toladehi Majhi is a young mother of 4 from the Kondh village of Pindhapadhar in Kalahandi district of Odisha. An elderly woman is soaking in the sun while a rooster struts around with curious yet vigilant eyes. As we wait in front of her home, we spot Toladehi walking towards us with a stack of bricks on her head. About half a kilometer away people are making bricks and baking them together as a community.
Toladehi's husband helps her unload the topmost layer of the brick stack from her head. As soon as the  bricks are within the reach of her extended arms, he steps away letting her unload the rest. She quietly unloads them. Her youngest son Deepak eagerly waiting for his mother. She wipes the sweat from her brow and picks up Deepak who immediately starts nursing.
Dr Aquinas of Swasthya Swaraj, who I had accompanied asks her about everyone's health in the village. Toladehi is the Swasthya Sathi – the healthworker of the village where there are no health facilites. It is 100km on forest road from the district headquarter Bhawanipatna. Over the last 10 months, Toladehi has learned to record births, deaths, pregnancies, provide ORS and alert the doctors, when they come for the weekly clinic about anyone needing attention. In another year or so she will be able to do a lot more.
A lean team to 2 doctors and a lab technician supported by a few other staff, Swasthya Swaraj has been training volunteer healthworkers in 75 villages. They conduct weekly clinics at two centers where many people come from as far as 25kms on foot. The team itself has at times walked 30kms to reach to many villages.

"But pregnant mothers cannot walk 25kms to come to the clinic...so we will take ante natal clinics to them," says Sr Dr. Aquinas.

Malaria, gastrointenstinal complications, tumors – to borrow a term from another brilliant peoples' doctor – small places do not have small problems. People here die as if there is a silent civil war going on. No one counts. Falciparum malaria takes a huge toll and the number of tuberculosis patients the team is seeing is mind boggling. Most of the people put on treatment stop taking drugs as soon as they feel a little better – a sure way to get drug resistant strains. Each one of them is capable of infecting 20 others, says the doctor. Following up with everyone in the distant mountainous villages is impossible even for this indefatigable team, so they have come up with the idea of getting the help of the postman who engages someone from the village to come to the postoffice once in a while. It is through this person Swasthya Swaraj team plans to send pictorial reminders which would encourage TB patients to take the medicine.
Toladehi informs that one of her neighbours is running high fever. Dr Aquinas checks and find that this mother with a 2 week infant has developed a big abcess in her breast – a known post natal complication.
"She must be in immense pain. I am always shocked at their capacity to endure," she says.

The puss needs to be drained to relieve her and reduce the chances of life-threatening sepsis. Not to say that the child's life would also be at risk. In the makeshift clinic in an abandoned building, the doctor drains almost a cup full of puss as Toladehi helps with Deepak in her sling.

This courageous team is innovating all the time. The young doctor Ashish is passionate about health communication and is learning to use theater to communicate. Otherwise, it is mainly through pictures. Most people are Kondhs and speak Kui, only a few speak Oriya.
As we were looking through Toladehi's record book, one column had "1" entered for each row – a confirmation of the fact that all the mothers had one new born die in the past. Dr Aquinas suspects the infant and under 5 mortality of the area to be 5 to 6 times higher than the national average. It was clear to me that it does not take too many people to move a mountain – Swasthya Swaraj was doing it.
Not too far from the area, is an army of humans and machines getting ready to move mountains – not of disease, poverty and exploitation, but of earth and rocks, streams and forests. Because lies beneath it are minerals that will further our appetite for more 'things'. Things that will make us forget that the whole planet is standing on the edge of a precipe. Last year when I visited, the roads were narrow and broken. This year they are being widened at a break neck speed to welcome the minerals into our world through the mountains and forests.

The corporation that has shouldered the responsibility of extracting the minerals has off late started conducting health camps and gifting school bags to children in the non-functional government schools. They have not forgotten the details of making sure that the bags are in the recognizable corporate colours. People and wildlife will be displaced – a gift to those who have lived in harmony with nature and sustained it for so long.

Mountains remain to be moved. Which ones we choose will shape our future as a society.
 

Congratulations to the Johnites that matched in 2015

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The following Johnites from various batches that  matched into programs for 2015 the list will be updated as names roll in
1) Omkar Phadke- Pediatrics
2) Priyanka Mathias-Internal medicine
3) Meera Sundar-Family medicine
4) Biju Poulose- Psychiatry
5) Swathi  Subramany (2007) Categorical internal medicine 
6) Nimmy John ....Categorical internal medicine
7) Serin Edwin- Internal Medicine
8) M D Jose ....Internal Medicine
9) Mark M Aloysius.......Prematch categorical Internal medicine at the Mount Sinai School of Medicine Bronx Program at the VA hospital.New York
11)Mary Ann Prakash... Pediatrics
12) Avian Chang- Surgery
13) Sherwin Desouza...Internal Medicine
Johnite spouses that matched
1) Sandhya Choudhary (Rajesh Zachariah's wife): Advanced Dermatology
2) Yamini Sachinanand (Sandeep Sachidanand's wife): Internal Medicine


 

Congrats Dr M D Jose

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Congratulations to Dr Jose MD on two publications first author being Dr.Sergey Kantsevoy.

One is accepted as oral presentation (it is the most prestigious to have), another one - as poster. José is from batch 2005 and looking to match in this years  residency program beginning in July 2015

On behalf of the ASGE Program Committee, I am pleased to inform you that your abstract, A Novel Endoluminal Portable Operating Room to Facilitate Endoscopic Submucosal Dissection: Initial Human Experience (2160079) has been selected for an oral presentation as part of a ASGE topic forum during Digestive Disease Week®, to be held at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center, Washington, DC, May 16-19, 2015. This is a very significant achievement as only the best abstracts are selected for oral presentation through a highly competitive process.  Details of the session follow:

Session Type: Topic Forum
Session Title: Meaningful New Technologies: Illuminating the Roadmap to the Future of Endoscopy
Session Date & Time: May 18, 2015 from 10:00 AM to 11:30 AM
Presentation Time: 10:00 AM to 10:15 AM
Please Note: 12 minutes for presentation time followed by 3 minutes of floor discussion.
Congratulations! On behalf of the ASGE Program Committee, I am pleased to tell you that your abstract, Endoscopic Suture Closure Is Superior to Closure with Endoscopic Clips in Prevention of Delayed Complications After Removal of Large Sessile Gastro-Intestinal Tract Lesions. (2159508), has been selected for poster presentation during Digestive Disease Week® to be held at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center in Washington, DC, May 16-19, 2015. . Details of your session follow:

Session Type: Poster Session
Session Title: Lower GI 1
Session Date & Time: May 16, 2015 from 9:30 AM to 4:00 PM

 

 

 

Being a woman surgeon Dr Preethi John

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Dr Preeti R. John, Being A Woman Surgeon: Sixty Women Share Their Stories

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Being a Woman Surgeon, the first anthology of its kind, consists of contributions by a multidisciplinary group of female surgeons. This compilation of essays, interviews, and poems captures the essence of being a woman in a demanding medical field and offers vivid portrayals of the culture of surgery from a woman's perspective. The contributors, some of whom are from Baltimore, are of different ages, races, cultures, and backgrounds and reDr. Preeti R. John, editor of Being a Woman Surgeon, is a critical care surgeon at the Baltimore VA Medical Center and clinical assistant professor in the department of surgery at the University of Maryland Medical Center.present various surgical specialties.

Dr. John will moderate a panel of contributors including: Dr. Nia D. Banks, plastic and reconstructive surgeon; Dr. Patricia J. Numann, general surgeon with special interest in breast and endocrine surgery and former President, American College of Surgeons; Dr. Susan E. Pories, breast surgeon and President, Association of Women Surgeons; Dr. Kathleen Yaremchuk, Chief of E.N.T., Henry Ford Hospital, Detroit; and Dr. Martha A. Zeiger, endocrine surgeon. Dr. Joan Huffman, critical care surgeon, and Dr. Sylvia Marina Ramos, general surgeon and breast surgeon, will read poetry they contributed to the book.

The Ivy Bookshop will have copies of the book for sale at a book signing following the program.

Writers LIVE programs are supported in part by a generous gift from PNC Bank.

Start: Thursday, March 12, 2015 - 6:00pm
End: Thursday, March 12, 2015 - 7:30pm

Central Library, Wheeler Auditorium 400 Cathedral Street, Baltimore, MD 21201

 

 

 



 

 

 
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