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March 24, 2009

Academic festival in Assam Medical College organized

DIBRUGARH, March 24: During the period from March 17 to 20, 2007, the faculty and the students of Assam Medical College had a rich experience of interacting with the faculties of the internationally-acclaimed Mayo Clinic of USA. Mayo Clinic is an internationally renowned medical institute. Its headquarters consist of the Mayo Medical School, the Mayo Graduate School, the Mayo College of Graduate Medical Education, and other health science schools in USA.

Dr Mark Topazian, Dr Philip Fischer, and Dr David Sorely came to Assam Medical College, Dibrugarh on invitation. This was a collaborating programme initiated by the faculty of Assam Medical College, Dibrugarh.

Dr Mark Topazian was a medical gastroenterologist of international repute. He had contributed a chapter on endoscopy in the Harrison’s Principles of Internal Medicine, a famous book read by the undergraduate and postgraduate students of medicine all over the world. Dr Philip Fischer was a pediatrician with oceanic acknowledge of the subject specially in the field of tropical pediatrics. Dr David Sorely was a specialist in public health. They had extensive experience of working in the underdeveloped regions of world. Dr David Sorley was the key person in making this collaboration possible. Dr sorely had spent his childhood in Asom and he had nurtured a very strong emotional tie for helping the people of this State. He had visited Assam Medical College, Dibrugarh about a year back and did the groundwork for this entire collaborative programme. During the four-day stay, the visiting faculty conducted clinical case discussions, delivered guest lectures and had interactions with the faculty, post-graduate and undergraduate students of Assam Medical College, Dibrugarh. They started their teaching programme early in the morning and continued till evening without any break in spite of the tiredness and fatigue of the long travel. They showed to our students and faculty the way a doctor should learn to work tirelessly. On the last day, they visited the Regional Medical Research Centre, Dibrugarh and appreciated the high quality of research works being carried out there. The students of Assam Medical College arranged very rich and enjoyable cultural programmes in the honour of the guests. It was a historic moment and a dream for our medical students to meet physically and interact with the internationally-renowned faculty from Mayo Clinic, USA. The overseas guests had a very encouraging comment regarding the standard of education, the level of the knowledge of subjects and analytical skills of our medical students.

They appealed to our students to serve the poor and needy through simple, cost effective investigations and treatment. Dr David Sorley, a public health specialist himself with the vast experience of working in the poor African nations appealed to our doctors to go to the villages and serve the poor. The faculty and students won the heart and minds of the visiting faculty. While departing, they expressed a desire to continue such collaborative projects in the field of academic teaching and research in future, stated in a release. THE SENTINEL

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