Authors: Dr. Mayank Gupta and Dr. Nimish Singh
After a great deal of enthusiasm and preparation, The All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS), Bathinda, in association with the Indian Society for Study of Pain successfully organized a National Update on Chronic Pain (NUCP 2021) on Saturday, 18th and Sunday, 19th September, 2021. The conference was a part of a month-long activities to celebrate September as the ‘Pain Awareness month’. Themed as ‘My pain, My Voice, the NUCP 2021, was a one of its kind events, to address the varied aspects of chronic non-cancer and cancer pain.
The conference was conducted under the able guidance of and inaugurated by Prof. (Dr.) D. K. Singh, Honorable Executive Director and CEO, AIIMS Bathinda. A comprehensive scientific and academic program was designed by the organized by Dr. Mayank Gupta, Chairperson of the conference, and an Associate Professor, Department of Anaesthesiology, AIIMS Bathinda.
The academic program commenced with Dr. Sushma Bhatnagar, Prof. and Head, Department of Onco-anaesthesia and Palliative Medicine, AIIMS, NewDelhi, sharing her decades of experience in managing cancer pain. She emphasized the importance of addressing the psychosocial and spiritual domains of suffering as an indispensable component of holistic and comprehensive patient care. Other eminent National Faculties such as Prof. (Dr.) Babita Ghai, Dr. Pankaj Surange, Dr. Gautam Das, Dr. Muralidhar Joshi, Dr. Naveen Malhotra, Dr. Mayank Gupta, Dr. Ruchi Gupta, Dr. Sadashivan Iyer and Dr. Mohd. Yunus Khilji addressed evidence-based and comprehensive management of patients suffering from other chronic painful conditions.
The two day conference witnessed an enthusiastic participation of more than 100 delegates in the academic discussions, the poster and quiz competitions. The ingenuity of the budding doctors reached its pinnacle in displaying varied dimensions of pain, suffering, agony and discomfort of patients. An Ultrasound guided workshop on pain interventions conducted on Sunday, 19th September, enabled delegates to complement the knowledge gained with improvement in practical skills.
The workshop with eminent interventional pain physicians as faculties from across the country emphasized the importance of an effective and safe conduct of image guided interventions for patients not responding to non-pharmacological and pharmacological management. The knowledge and skills gained by the doctors is expected to improve pain management and the quality of life of innumerable patients suffering from chronic non-cancer and cancer pain.
The success of the conference was a result of the culmination of efforts of a dedicated, enthusiastic and hardworking team of the Dept. of Anaesthesia and Radiodiagnosis, AIIMS, Bathinda.