Indian American Medical Association's Annual Meet focuses on Preventive Health Care

Rolling Meadows, IL: The Indian American Medical Association of Illinois held its 32nd Annual Meeting and Banquet on November 17, 2012 at the classy Meadows Club reflecting on highlights of this past year.

Dr. Aruna Vade, President of IAMA thanked her team and members for a successful year in fulfilling the vision and goals of the IAMA such as supporting the Free Clinic, educational and community awareness seminars.

The key note speaker for the evening was Dr. Shrinivas Shanbagh Medical Director of Reliance company of India. Dr. Shanbagh addressed how health education and emphasis on preventive health care led to increased participation and compliance with preventive measures among employees in his organization. Dr. Malliswari Challapalli, Pediatric Infectious Diseases Specialist said that the successful measures implemented by Dr. Shanbagh could serve as a blue print for all organizations and industries throughout the world.

The Guest of honor Congressman William G Foster spoke to members elaborating the need for reform in immigration policy to recruit and keep talented people in USA.

Golden Stethoscope Awards were created by IAMA to encourage research among students, residents and fellows. The first prize went to Rahul Bijlani, 2nd year Medical Student for his innovative research on “Alternative Radiographic Scoring System for Charcot Arthropathy of the Midfoot”

Dr. Sudha Rao, Pediatric Oncologist received the Distinguished Physician Award of 2012 for her significant contributions to the medical field and the Indian community.

Awards were also presented on this occasion to Dr. Bapu Arekapudi and Dr. Roger Rodrigues who showed unwavering dedication and commitment to the mission of IAMA.

The night concluded by incredible entertainment by Dhrishti which involved dances and songs from artists around the world.

IAMA is a non-profit professional organization comprised of Illinois Physicians of Indian Origin committed to professional excellence in quality patient care, education and community health care. Their motto is unity of purpose, collegiality in action, commitment to excellence and compassion towards fellow beings. IAMA promotes professional solidarity in the pursuit of excellence in patient care, teaching and research.

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