The Asian Conference on Emergency Medicine (ACEM 2019) the 10th biannual meeting of Asian Society for Emergency Medicine (ASEM) was held at New Delhi between 8th and 10th December 2019. Witnessing its first in India, the three-day event was organised by Asian Society for Emergency Medicine (ASEM) and the Society for Emergency Medicine India (SEMI); the congress was attended by some of the most eminent personalities known for their contribution in India as well as across the world in the sector of healthcare and emergency medicine.
With the epicentre of the event being Affordable care, Bridging gaps, and Creating Impact (ABC), the conference highlighted the interactive and dialogue-driven sessions teeming with case-studies, productive solutions and valuable insights from national and global Emergency medicine experts. The aim was to bring unbridled access to best practices and innovations in the field of trauma, emergency and acute care medicine from different emergency care ecosystems from all over the world.
ACEM 2019, was inaugurated by Honourable Vice President of India, Shri Venkaiah Naidu at the Vigyan Bhawan, New Delhi on 7th November 2019. Chief Guest, Hon. Shri Venkaiah Naidu highlighted the importance of emergency medical care and said, “Emergency Care and Emergency Medicine play a vital role in the healthcare system. The initial management and stabilisation of a patient in need of emergency care is truly a speciality on its own and requires intensive training and resources. Very often the availability of emergency care makes the difference between life and death. I am sure, being one of the largest professional societies of emergency medicine, SEMI would play an important role in upgrading emergency care in our country to a more robust and professionally competent field.”
Over 2100 delegates participated in the pre-conference workshops and the scientific sessions in the tenth edition of ACEM. The scientific program was thoughtfully crafted by the Scientific Committee comprising of doctors Srinath Kumar T S, Imron Subhan, Dina Shah, Asit Misra and Suresh Gupta; featuring 32 thematic sessions covering 228 topics relevant to Emergency Medicine. Supplementary to these, there were parallel sessions like Keynote Presentations, Plenary Sessions, Extended Poster Presentations, Clinical Simulation Competitions and Exhibitions, which further showcased the consistently varied patterns and evolution in the field of emergency medicine.
The event was also graced by President ASEM, Prof Yildirey Cete; Founder President, ASEM, Prof V Anantharaman; Executive Chairman, SEMI, Dr K Hari Prasad; President SEMI, Dr Sateesh Kailasam; President of International Federation for Emergency Medicine (IFEM), Prof James Duchrame; Founder President, IFEM, Dr Gautam Bodiwala; Past President, IFEM, Prof Peter Cameron; Past President, IFEM, Prof Lee Wallis; President of European Society for Emergency Medicine (EUSEM), Prof. Luis Garcia-Castrillo and other global experts.
The tenth edition of ACEM served as a salient platform to discuss the evolution of emergency care and medicine by highlighting various topics like future of emergency medicine, Burn Outs and Preparedness, Cutting Edge Resuscitation Science, Economics of Emergency Care to name a few.
Speaking at the concluding ceremony, President of ASEM and organising chair of ACEM 2019, Dr Tamorish Kole, said, “We are delighted to have had the opportunity to host the 10th edition of ACEM in India. It was truly enriching to have so many stalwarts of the medical profession gracing the event. The conference provided a great platform to exchange information and way forward on emergency medicine with some of the best minds coming together and throwing light on the subject. Even though Emergency Medicine is relatively new in our country, through this conference we aim to take it to newer heights and familiarise the masses about this specialty in a big way.” He was ably supported by Dr Sanjay Jaiswal, President SEMI-Delhi, organising co-chair and Dr Ankur Verma, VP SEMI-Delhi, organising secretary of ACEM 2019 in the planning, strategizing and implementation of the numerous elements that went behind organizing this mega event.
The three-day conference drew together the world’s leading emergency physicians and delegates from 32 countries for the first time in India. The concluding ceremony was further enhanced by honourable Shri Ashwini Kumar Choubey, Minister of State for Health and Family Welfare, Govt of India who also stressed upon the strengthening of emergency care in India.