SGU Faculty Present at Prestigious Anatomy Conference in India

Three St. George’s University faculty members – Drs. Marios Loukas, Shivayogi Bhusnurmath, and Bharti Bhusnurmath – were among the guest faculty at the 61st National Conference of the Anatomical Society of India (ASI), held at the Postgraduate Institute of Medical Education & Research in Chandigarh, India, from November 22 to 25.

Dr. Loukas, Dean of Research, Associate Dean of Basic and Allied Health Sciences, and Chair in the Department of Anatomical Sciences at St. George’s University, delivered a presentation titled “How to Teach Ultrasounds” at the conference, having spearheaded the influx of ultrasound education at SGU, an international leader in the field.

Medical education in general has been shifted drastically over the past 10 years. One of the current changes in anatomy medical education is the introduction of ultrasound teaching during the anatomy course,” Dr. Loukas said. “This technology provides the students with an immediate appreciation of the normal and abnormal anatomy in a dynamic fashion. In addition, this technology allows the application of clinical integration very early during the medical studies and further continues during the clinical years. The use of ultrasound is constantly expanding in the vast majority of clinical specialties, which enables our students to be better equipped with the necessary clinical knowledge for their residencies and clinical years.”

The weekend began with a pre-conference CME workshop with a theme of “Clinical and Surgical Insight into Cardiac Anatomy and Congenital Malformations.” Dr. Bharti Bhusnurmath, Professor of Pathology and Director of the Medical Diagnostic Laboratory, presented a lecture on the anatomy of the congenital heart disease. In addition, Dr. Loukas provided instruction on congenital heart disease cases, as well as a lecture on translational research in cardiac anatomy and congenital heart disease.

Dr. Shivayogi Bhusnurmath, Dean of Academic Affairs and Chair of the Department of Pathology, led a lecture on anatomy’s role in the modern medical curriculum.

“We are pleased to have had the opportunity to address heart-related issues that are prevalent worldwide and discuss the pathophysiology and latest research development,” Dr. Loukas said. “In the end, it is about not only teaching those in attendance but giving them the knowledge and the confidence to relay this information to the next person.”

The invitation comes on the heels of the American Association of Clinical Anatomists (AACA) annual meeting in July 2012, held at SGU’s True Blue campus, which was very well received. SGU is the only institution in the Caribbean to host the AACA meetings since they began in 1984.