The Asian EUS Congress 2017 which began today at the Mumbai at Renaissance Convention centre in Powai, Mumbai. It hosted an interesting session, which spoke about the integration of Endoscopic Ultra Sound (EUS) in the clinical practice.
Dr Amit Maydeo, the organising chairman of the conference and the director of Baldota Institute of Digestive Sciences (BIDS), Global Hospital, Mumbai, said, “This session was related to three practical aspects of endoscopy and their speciality. Firstly, how to make a very highly expensive equipment cost-effective in the Indian circumstances. Secondly, how to increase your referral base, that means you can make sure it takes place in an ethical way to increase your referral patients.”
As many doctors resort to unethical means to increase their referral base, this lecture was to teach people about how your referral base can be increased, but through an ethical method.
Dr Maydeo said, “The third point was about tips for conducting clinical research in a busy practice. Because in India, we lack very severely in terms of clinical research and publish papers. So, how to publish papers and get more into academics rather than keep on doing practice. This was one of the best symposiums on endoscopy.”
Dr Randhir Sud, chairman Institute of Digestive and Hepato-Biliary Sciences Medanta the Medcity, Delhi, Gurgaon, (NCR), who has been actively involved in establishing two EUS units in North India.
He said, “Endoscopy does affect the people today and it is the flavour of the day. EUS is a means of fluid and tissue acquisition, used for cancer diagnosis and cyst analysis, EUS is also an interventional or therapeutic modality for neurolysis, transmural drainage of pancreatic fluid collection and direct access to the biliary system, pancreatic cancer, oesophageal and gastric cancer and so on.”
“In last 15 years, as many as 200 EUS machines have been installed,” added Dr Sud.
Regarding the training in EUS, Dr Sud said, “We need training in basic and advanced techniques, one should be familiar with devices and their supply chain. Total cost/year of EUS is 40 lakhs rupees and negotiate while buying the equipment and carefully assess its pros and cons.”
Through this session, the message was passed to the doctors on making EUS cost-effective in practice, tips for expanding EUS referral base and tips for conducting clinical research in a busy practice.