Ludhiana, April 1, 2017: 47th Laparoscopic Surgery Skill Course & Live Workshop of AMASI (Association of Minimal Access Surgeons of India) was inaugurated today at CMC Hospital, by Professor Abraham G Thomas, Director CMC Hospital Ludhiana.
CMC paid the homage to the Founder of the Surgery department, Professor Forrest Cary Eggleston who started the department in 1953 and introduced the American type Surgical Residency Program at CMC, first time in a medical institute in India.
Dr. Navneet Chaudhry, Head of Surgery said, “Dr. F C Eggleston trained more than 100 surgeons, who got dispersed all over the world as excellent surgeons carrying the rich legacy of Dr. Eggleston. Dr. Eggleston served as the Director of CMC from 1982 to 86. He was a great teacher and served with skill and compassion. He also laid a strong foundation to research activities in the department of surgery. Dr. Eggleston was the Founder President of the north chapter of Association of Surgeons of India (ASI). He served CMC Ludhiana as Professor & Head of Surgery till 1982 and after his tenure as a Director in 1986 returned to his homeland. He cherished the spirit of CMC till he left for his eternal abode, at the age of 96 years on 7.11.2016 in USA.”
Rich tributes were paid by Dr. Abraham G Thomas, who said that Dr. Eggleston was a great teacher, surgeon and excellent human being. The excellent surgical training and patient care has been the hall mark of Dr. Eggleston’s system of training and this rich tradition has been kept alive by the successive generations of surgeons at CMC Hospital.
This 3 days’ scientific program included lectures, hand-on training on the simulators and live demonstration of surgical procedures. Patients with surgical diseases like hernia, gall bladder stones, uterine diseases and ovarian diseases were operated and demonstrated live to the delegates. More than 200 delegates from across the country attended the conference.
Dr. Dilip Gode, Vice-Chancellor of the Datta Meghe University of Medical Sciences – a deemed university said that today AMASI is the largest section of the ASSOCIATION OF SURGEONS OF INDIA, with membership of more than 7000. The main aim of the association is to provide education and training to general surgeons in the field of Laparoscopic Surgery. Laparoscopic surgery has been accepted and is now been performed even at village level with the efforts of AMASI. Dr. Gode appreciated the training system for postgraduate resident doctors at CMC.
The meeting concludes tomorrow.