Medical Symposium

The 2016 Konkani Sammelan committee is excited to provide a Medical Symposium / Continuing Medical Education (CME) program as part of the Konkani Sammelan 2016. This will give you a great opportunity to pick up on emerging trends and skills while getting credit hours. The theme for this CME is ‘Prevention’ and covers five topics ranging from Genetics and disease prevention to Diabetes and its prevention to Sleep Apnea.

We have an excellent team of Doctors, Specialists in their respective fields who will bring the latest and best practices to you that will be informative and useful in your respective practices. This CME is open to all – physicians as well as other Sammelan attendees interested in keeping abreast of the latest in Health Practice. 

The CME will be held on Friday July 1st in the Ballroom (Salons D, E) at the Atlanta Airport Marriott Gateway (AAMG). However, we will start our day with Registration and Breakfast in the Exhibit Hall A of Georgia International Convention Center (GICC), which is next door to the AAMG.

Please come straight to the Exhibit Hall A in the GICC for Registration and Breakfast, in the morning. If you are driving to the CME, you can park in the Marriott Parking lot for a fee and proceed to the GICC. For those arriving just in time for the CME, we will have registration desk at the AAMG as well.

The CME Schedule is given below. Click here to view the GICC layout for your reference.


7:15 am – 7:40 am            Registration, Networking and Breakfast in the Exhibit Hall A (South end) at GICC. For those arriving after 7:35 am, please proceed to AAMG, Salons D, E for Registration

7:40 am – 7:45 am            CME Kick off by Dr. Sarvotham Kini in AAMG, Salons D, E

7:45 am – 8:45 am           An Underestimated Tyrant - Obstructive Sleep Apnea! How do we Prevent it?
                                      Dr. Varada Divgi, MD, DCH, FAAP, CTTS
                                      Pediatric Pulmonologist
8:45 am – 9:45 am            Prevention of Ischemic Heart Disease in Southeast Asians
                                       Dr. Gajanan Shanbhag, MD, MS, FACS
                                        Thoracic & Cadiovascular Surgeon
9:45 am – 10:00 am          Break
10:00 am – 11:00 am       Personalized Medicine and Genome Editing: Is this for Real?
                                     Dr. Gurpur Shashidhar Pai, MD
                                     Professor of Pediatrics, Medical University of South Carolina

11:00 am – 12:00 pm       The New Strategies in the Battle against Diabetes
                                     Dr. Bantwal S Baliga, MBBS, MD, MRCP (UK)
                                     Director, East Alabama Endocrinology, PC Columbus, GA and Auburn, AL
12:00 pm – 1:00 pm         Heart Disease in Women: Are They Different?
                                      Dr. Ramdas Pai, MD, FRCP (Edin), FACC
                                      Professor of Medicine, University of California Riverside School of Medicine
1:00 pm – 2:00 pm           Lunch in the Exhibit Hall A (South End) at GICC

We are pleased to inform everyone that our program has been approved by our CME provider, Athens Regional Medical Center, for 5.0 AMA PRA Category 1 CME credits. 

Click here for the event flyer.

CME Date : Friday July 1, 2016, 7:00 am – 2:00 pm

Breakfast and Lunch will be provided.

See profile of the distinguished panelist at the bottom of this page.

Fees per Person:

Physicians requesting Credit hours $75

Physicians not requesting Credit hours / All others : $30

(Registration fees cover Breakfast and Lunch)

Please note that in most cases, expenses related to obtaining CME credits are tax deductible. Please consult a tax professional for details.


Dr. Sarvotham Kini

2016 CME Committee


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Profile of the distinguished CME panelist:




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