South Asian Association of Medical Editors to be formed to promote medical journalism in this region

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South Asian Association of Medical Editors
to be formed 
to promote medical
journalism in this region

Concept approved during a meeting between Pakistan and
Indian delegates at WAME Conference in Chicago, USA

 

From our correspondent

CHICAGO (USA): An important breakthrough was made during a meeting between Pakistan and Indian delegates attending the Peer Review Conference held here last week when they approved the concept of forming South Asian Association of Medical Editors (SAAME). It will provide a platform for the training of medical editors in the South Asian countries i.e. Pakistan, India, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, Nepal and Bhutan besides Afghanistan.

Prof. Major Gen. M. Aslam, Dr. Akhtar Sherin from Pakistan photographed along
with delegates from India Prof. Rajesh Kumar, Professor of Urology at All India
Institute of Medical Sciences, Delhi, and Prof. Dr Rakish Aggarwal from
Sanjay Gandhi PGMI Luknow during the Peer Review Congress at Chicago.

Those who attended this first informal meeting from Pakistan included Prof.Major Gen. Mohammad Aslam Vice Chancellor University of Health Sciences from Lahore and Dr.Akhtar Sherin from Kohat University of Science and Technology. Prof. Maj. Gen.Aslam, it may be mentioned here is the former President of Pakistan Association of Medical Editors (PAME) while Dr. Akhtar Sherin is the current President of PAME. Those who participated from India included Prof.Rajesh Kumar Prof.of Urology at All India Institute of Medical Sciences, New Delhi and Prof. Rakesh Aggarwal, Prof. of Gastroenterology at Sanjay Gandhi Postgraduate Institute of Medical Sciences Lacknow, Prof. N.Kekra Prof.of Urology at Christian Medial College and Hospital Tamil Nadu and Prof. Peush Sahni Editor The National Medical Journal of India.
During the meeting it was agreed that member countries of SAAME would offer complimentary local hospitality (local transport, boarding and lodging) to delegates form SAARC countries during the conferences organized in their respective countries. The meeting will be held biennially on rotation amongst the member countries. Pakistan will host the First Conference of SAAME in 2014 and subsequently the member countries of SAAME may actively participate in the First Biennial Conference of World Association of Medical Editors (WAME) to be held in India during 2015.
It was emphasized that through personal contacts e mails and Skype contacts may be established with the Editorial organizations and biomedical Journal Editors of the member countries to take them on board first, before formally launching of SAAME. The statutory bodies of SAAME will draft the constitution and bye laws after discussion during the business meeting to be held during the first SAAME conference to be held in Pakistan in 2014. This new development offers a ray of hope for the improvement of medical journalism in the South Asian countries.

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