News East-West Desk
NEW YORK: Dr Sanjay Gupta, CNN’s chief medical correspondent, wowed the 1,000-strong gathering of the Indian Medical Association of Southern California at their 33rd Annual Gala Banquet at Marriott Hotels & Resorts in Anaheim, southern California, at the weekend.
There was pin-drop silence for almost 50 minutes as the foremost face of Indian American doctors spoke to his medical fraternity in southern California.
Lacing his keynote speech with information, humor, jokes, and anecdotes, the journalist doctor had the audience latch on to every word that he spoke.
And then there was this quiz: Which has more calories? A burger or Coke?
Of course, Coke, said Dr Gupta, laughing.
The incoming IMASC president Rakesh Bhola thanked Dr Sanjay Gupta for his remarkable keynote address.
“This man is a gem. He is so well informed and brilliant and yet so humble…he will go places,’’ added outgoing IMASC president Vandana Agarwal after Dr Gupta’s speech.
“It is his birthday (Tuesday), but he took time off and travelled to be here with us to be our keynote speaker. We are very impressed by his gesture and very proud of him,’’ Dr Agarwal said.
The three-day annual convention, from Oct 19 to 21, also honoured Dr Inderbir Gill as the Physician of the Year.
Dr Gill, who is the Chairman and Professor of the Catherine and Joseph Aresty Department of Urology, Founding Executive Director of the USC Institute of Urology and Associate Dean for Clinical Innovation, is internationally recognized as a leader in the field of robotic and laparoscopic surgery for urologic cancers.
The fun-filled and informative three-day convention offered just about everything – from information to music to Garba and Punjabi dances to ramp walk to the philosophy of karma to dos and don’ts of various fields, including medicine and investment and taxes.
Proceedings kicked off with a reception that featured Bombay Chowpatti and `Rass Barba’ by Dhiren & Aradhana Music Group.
There were seminars and talks on varied themes, including `Why treat obesity strategies & solution symposium,’ `How to increase investment,’ and `How to get residency.’
And there were so-called Auxiliaries which featured `Fashion etiquette styling & trends,’ `Karma & past lives,’ `Want to dance Bollywood ishtyle,’ `Social media top ten dos and don’ts’ and `Top ten dos and don’ts of medical school admissions.’
The outgoing IMASC president Dr Agarwal said she accomplished more than what she set out to when she took over.
The high points of her tenure, Dr Agarwal said, included an increase in the IMASC membership, deeper collaboration with the California Medical Association (CMA), more educational grants, more lecture series, more auxiliary programs and further promotion of continuing medical education (CME).
The IMASC is the oldest chapter of the American Association of Physicians of Indian Origin (AAPI) that boasts over 41,000 members.
Indian American doctors account for about eight percent of the total number of physicians in the US.