6TH CTVS CME 2019 – Impressions from Ahmedabad

Friday 10th, May 2019 / 14:19

Into its sixth edition, the CTVS Continuing Medical Education (CME) program on cardiothoracic and vascular surgery conducted at UN Mehta Cardiology Institute, Ahmedabad between 26th and 28th of April 2019; drew over 80 young bright minds training in cardiothoracic surgery. The interest and inquisition were palpable from the enthusiasm of the candidates converging from across the country.

The unique program, organised in collaboration with the Indian Association of Cardiovascular-Thoracic surgeons which has made its mainstay in developing teaching programs on the citadels of quality, constructivism, integrity and reflective applicability, effectiveness had in attendance distinguished faculty from established centers across the country; which included Dr. Shiv K.Nair, Dr V.V Bashi , Dr C.S Hiremath, Dr Yugal K.Mishra, Dr. Atul Maslekar, Dr. Chandrashekharan, Dr. V. Devagourou, Dr. Jacob Jamesraj, Dr. Jayant Kumar, Dr. Krishna Manohar, Dr. Prasanna Simha, Dr. Shivprakash, Dr. Sitaram Bhat and Dr. Vinayak Shukla and inhouse established faculty Dr Chirag Doshi, the Organising Chairperson of the event, Dr Amit Mishra and Dr Trushar Gajjar.

The three-day CME started with a day dedicated to wet lab training focusing skills & techniques involved in vascular anastomosis, under the able-guidance of Dr. D Karmekar from Rubyhall, Pune. It was a stirring experience for the young minds to revisit and understand the basics and skills involved to establish anastomosis and good practices in suture handling techniques viz-a-viz hands on training.

The teaching sessions included lectures on cardiac morphology and its relation to embryology and various surgical procedures was emphasized and shown on cadaveric hearts. In depth knowledge on the anatomical complexity and decision making of complex congenital cases, including TOF, Septal defects and the pathophysiology covering the entire spectrum of cyanotic congenital heart disease provided a forum to reflect & establish concepts for the trainees. An interactive session and didactive simulation on conduct of cardiopulmonary bypass with exigent case scenarios was conducted for the benefit of trainees to aptly cognize and handle such situations, while practicing safe measures during pump time.

Additional didactic discussions of clinical case scenarios, deliberations on operative skills and patient management were conducted.
The final day concluded with an introduction while rendering outlook on management of complex aortic pathologies, based on foundations build over the last 2 days; with emphasis of the latest and the most innovative trends and modalities in cardiothoracic surgery such as VADs, extra-corporeal support and the revolution around cardiac transplantation. Minimal invasive techniques and robot-assisted procedures with the Da Vinci TM systems were discussed as an evolving trend in developing global scenarios, with benefits and technical advances made in the interest of the patient. The armamentarium of such trending modalities has enabled the paradigm shift we see in cardiac surgery often reflecting in outcomes.

The feedback of the students and that of the faculty have enabled for the improvement & establishment of standards in medical education with renewed methodologies & pedagogy to not just strengthen our faith into continued education but, for the confidence it renders to give this annual event a reason to come back with improved vigour and a unique structure.