IACTS SCORE 2019 – From the desk of the Secretary

Thursday 28th, March 2019 / 11:20

Into the fourth year, IACTS SCORE drew over 150 students from across the country to acquaint, orient & prepare students from both courses, Magister in Chirurgiae & Diplomate of the National Board in Cardiothoracic & Vascular Surgery.

The concurrent edition of SCORE brought together the best of minds in the specialties of CTVS to render maximum exposure, rapid revision & know hows crucial in clinical life. Participating faculty included the doyen of mitral surgery, Dr. A.Sampath Kumar, noted teachers Dr. Anil G. Tendolkar, Dr. Seetharama Bhat, Dr. Prasanna Simha, Dr. Neelam Desai, Dr. Vinayak Shukla, Dr. S. Sosale, Dr. Parimala P. Simha & Dr. Srikrishna (Organising Chair).

The program was designed over the two days to cover the bread & butter of the specialties, incorporating various facets essential for the certification exam. Dr. Shiv Nair, President of the association presided over the inaugural & chaired sessions on case discussions, presentations, analytical lectures & bilateral interactive sessions that were meticulously planned for the benefit of students. Deviating from the monotonous sequence of lectures, clinical essentials were incorporated in formats to append clinical case discussion, delegate presentation, clinical examination, operative skills, patient management & review and resolve pressing conceptual lacunae.

Incremental management of complex congenital cases, including Tet, severe aortic stenosis & septal defects with severe insufficiency absolved the complete involvement of the participants. This edition laid emphasis on the basics of thoracic lesions, their management & associated sequelae. Surgical steps, pitfalls & necessary skills were brought to the notice of the prospective examinees.

Innovation & the growth of minimal invasive procedures were contributed by Dr. Sathyaki Nambala, a pioneer in surgery through minimal access. Biostatistics, analysis & conduct of clinical trials were incorporated in the teaching module, by Dr. Prasanna Simha to remind the trainees of the importance of numbers & outcomes, and instill the responsibility of the trainee to sense & cultivate good methods in practice. Interactive sessions on prudent conduct of cardiopulmonary bypass & management of pump complications, instruments & their retro/prospective uses, were discussed in the interest of the participants. Noted emphasis was laid on treating thoracic lesions & re-do cases, which resembled the elephant in the room to many trainees.

Special emphasis was laid out by Dr. Hiremath, Secretary of the association & organizing secretary on the pattern of the practical exam, rationalizing the fact that it bears equal prowess in preparation. Out of the text methods were used to illustrate & train the participants in deciphering lesions from cardiac angiogram, chest roentgenograms & the newer modalities of computerized tomography & magnetic resonance. Distinctive diagnosis & prudent surgical management of lesions with these modalities were covered to instill the habit of collective approach to address a disease, necessitating surgical treatment in the domain of thoracic & cardiovascular surgery.

Incorporating the feedback of the students to alleviate the misses of a unique teaching methodology like itself, SCORE is confident of making its return with newer & innovative pedagogy.