The conferences were held at BP Koirala Memorial Cancer Center (BPKMCH), Bharatpur and at Pokhara Grande Hotel, Pokhara on May 13 and May 16 2011 respectively. More than 150 physicians from different parts of the country participated in the conferences. Eminent speakers at the conference included clinicians and scientists leading and participating in cutting edge cancer research in the United States. Dr. Damiano Rondelli, BTF Scientific Committee Chairman and Associate Professor of Medicine at University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC) Medical Center gave one presentation entitled “Diagnosis and Management of Chronic Myelogenous Leukemia, Myelodysplastic Syndrome, and Myeloproliferative Disorders” and a second entitled “The Role of Bone Marrow Transplantation”
Attendees of the conference emphasized the need to advance medical practice in Nepal. They noted that the relative lack of resources and access to information prevented the optimal practice of evidence-based medicine. To their credit, veteran and new physicians in Nepal practice experience—based medicine to the best of their ability. Dr. Laxmi Narayan Singh, executive director of BPKMCH, and Dr. Anjani Kumar Jha, Chief of the Department of Radiation Oncology at BPKMCH both requested Binaytara Foundation to initiate a telemedicine program with BPKMCH physicians.
Drs. Shah and Rondelli also saw patients in the free health camp at Kaski Sewa Hospital and Research Center. Drs. Umid Shrestha and Hemant Manandhar of Kaski Sewa Hospital, official partner of the Pokhara conference, informed the BTF team that the patients were very appreciative of BTF’s efforts to improve health care in Nepal.
BTF medical conferences are aimed at improving patient care by inspiring physicians to practice evidence based medicine, and by bridging the technology and knowledge gap between practitioners in developed and developing countries.
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