Medicine has to be practiced as a team science: Prof. K. Srinath Reddy

Former President of the Public Health Foundation of India presented medical degrees to UG & PG students of Apollo Medical College

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Chief Guest Prof K. Srinath Reddy (3rd from right), Distinguished Professor & Past President, Public Health Foundation of India (PHFI) & Former HoD of Cardiology, AIIMS, New Delhi; flanked by (L-R) Prof Ravi Prakash Mahajan, Director- critical care Integration and Transformation, Director of Research and Innovation, Apollo Hospitals; Dr Surender Reddy, Principal, AIMSR; Prof Vinod Bhat, Vice Chancellor, The Apollo University, Chittoor; Dr Sangita Reddy, Joint Managing Director, Apollo Hospitals Group; Dr Preetha Reddy, Executive Vice Chairperson, Apollo Hospitals Group.
New Delhi: Apollo Institute of Medical Sciences and Research recently hosted the convocation ceremony for the students of the Postgraduate Batch 2020 and Undergraduate Batch 2017, at Apollo Hospitals, Jubilee Hills, Hyderabad.
Chief Guest Prof K. Srinath Reddy, Distinguished Professor and Past President, Public Health Foundation of India (PHFI) and Former HoD of Cardiology, AIIMS, New Delhi; conferred the Degrees at a glittering ceremony attended by the parents and families of the students.
One hundred Undergraduates and thirty Post Graduates received their degrees on the occasion. Since its inception in 2012, over 600 Students have graduated from The Apollo Medical College, Hyderabad. 90% of the Alumni from the College secured Post Graduate seats in different medical colleges of the country.
Prof K. Srinath Reddy speaking on the occasion said, “Knowledge is multidisciplinary and it is increasingly becoming so whether it is basic sciences or biomedical research, biomedical knowledge or clinical medicine or public health, there are multiple streams of knowledge that have integrated and come into play. Even if you look at the recent Noble prize for medicine the whole area of mRNA vaccine has been enriched. So it is important that you ensure that you are not limited by your adherence to only to one discipline even if you are practicing that with a great deal of proficiency and application. What we need to train in our medical institutions and I am sure Apollo has done that is to create T shaped individuals, where you have depth of expertise in one are two areas, but you have the breadth of understanding, exposure and willingness to work with other disciplines.”
Dr Prathap C. Reddy, Founder and Chairman, Apollo Hospitals Group; presided over the Ceremony. Guests of Honour Dr Preetha Reddy, Executive Vice Chairperson, Apollo Hospitals Group & Dr Sangita Reddy, Joint Managing Director, Apollo Hospitals Group; graced the occasion. Ms Aparna Reddy, COO, AIMSR welcomed the gathering.
In her speech, Dr Preetha Reddy said, “I wanted only to be a doctor and at that time when I got into medical school my father, the architect of healthcare in India Dr Prathap C. Reddy, said its very hard for girls to do medicine and may be you shouldn’t do it and as a good daughter agreed with him. My sister Sangita also got into medical school and as my father felt we should be working with him on his multifaceted agenda of healthcare, she also decided not to go through the medical school, but today we work with the institutions and hospital. I am telling you this because all of you are privileged to be the doctors and healthcare professionals of tomorrow. Because the difference you will make in the world is not just by an address in this region but you will be global citizens.”
The prestigious Chairman Dr Pratap C Reddy’s Gold medals were awarded to the best outgoing Postgraduate student, Dr Bobba Harshita from the Department of Community Medicine and the best Under Graduate student, Ms Irene Albi. The award instituted in the memory of Senior Physician Late Dr K.V.R. Prasad; by his son Dr Hari Prasad, President, Apollo Hospitals; was awarded to Ms. Irene Albi, during the convocation.
Addressing the medical students, Dr Sangita Reddy said, “As the world is undergoing this major change, may I request all of you to go out into the world with this responsibility, uphold the ideology of being a continuous learner, respecting the values of medicine, of bringing the power of humanity and let that shine through, so that doctors become the shining examples of people who respect life, and because of that power and that conviction may you change the tide of how people value life. It is a very special moment in your lives as you get ready for your convocation, there are many a dreams and solutions for various ailments that the world looks forward from you. I leave with you the message that is, tread softly, because you tread upon our dreams, fly high because you have the ability to make these dreams a reality and most importantly keep true to yourselves.”