Yoga on the Riverwalk will be a highlight of AAPI’s 40th convention

iNDICA News Bureau

“Bienvenidos a San Antonio, Tejas!” Dr Jayesh Shah, convention chair and past president of the American Association of Physicians of Indian Origin (AAPI), welcomed more than 1,000 AAPI delegates in Texan style.

“It is with great pleasure that I, along with the San Antonio 2022 convention team, welcome you to the 40th AAPI annual convention in San Antonio, the eighth largest city in the U.S. with a population of 1.3 million. I still have vivid memories of inviting you to San Antonio in 2014. This is going to be the fourth convention in Texas.”

Dr Anupama Gotimukula, AAPI president, said this would be the first convention of the association after the Covid-19 pandemic. “Our team is working hard to make sure the event is enjoyable and safe,” she said. “Registration is happening as expected. Alumni and specialty groups are encouraged to come.”

Besides cutting-edge continuing medical education with outstanding speakers, various non-CME lectures have also been lined up, Dr Gotimukula said. “Enjoy Tex-Mex and Indian cuisine,” she added for good measure.

“The convention this year is a day short,” Venky Adivi, chief executive officer, said. “It begins Thursday, June 23, with the Texas-style boots and belts with a Tex-Mex theme.”

Dr Vijay Koli, an adviser to the convention, remarked, “Please get your sombreros (Mexican hats) ready for a special evening organized by the Texas Indo- American Physician Society (SW Chapter).”

On Friday, June 24, a popular fashion show, a film dandiya night and colorful Rajasthani dance will entertain the delegates, Dr Kiran Cheraku, convention co-chair, said.

Saturday, June 25, will see a celebration of the International Day of Yoga on the Riverwalk, Dr Rajam Ramamurthy, also an adviser to the convention, said. “Imagine hundreds of people doing yoga all around the Riverwalk,” she remarked.

The evening will begin with the presidential banquet, to be followed by a live show by popular film singer Shaan, Dr Rajeev Suri, president of TIPS SW and also a convention co-chair, said. “Sunday, we bid you hasta la vista with a closing ceremony,” he quipped.

Dr Shankar Sanka, co-chair, said the 2022 exhibit hall C would be the nerve center of the convention. “The unique layout offers maximum exposure to the pharmaceutical and commercial booths,” he said.

Dr Aruna Venkatesh, convention treasurer, added, “The exhibition stage will have the performance to keep our audience in the exhibit hall to keep our booth supporters happy. The research pavilion will enable you to view the outstanding works of our students, residents and fellows.”

A unique part of the convention is the yoga-based wellness package created with world-renowned speakers, co-chair Dr Hetal Nayak said. “This will be equally valuable for an advanced practitioner of yoga as well as a novice! This truly is a once-in-a-lifetime experience with the theme of ‘heal the healers’.”

Some of the best names in wellness and yoga – Dr Akil Taher, Eddie Stern, Dr Kaushik Reddy, Dr Ajeya Joshi, yoga guru Sharath Jois, Drs P Vij and P Dedhia, Sadhvi Saraswati, Dr Smita Mehta and Dr Sat Bir Khalsa – will be speaking at the convention, Dr Cheraku said.

The confirmed plenary speakers are Dr Jack Reseneck, president of the American Medical Association, and Dr Peter Hotez, Nobel Prize nominee. Other confirmed guests are legendary former cricketer Sunil Gavaskar, Dr Rahul Gupta, director, National Drug Control Policy, renowned spiritual leader Sadhvi Saraswati and Dr Prem Reddy, CEO of Prime Health Services.

For more details, visit www.aapiconvention.org and www.aapiusa.org