Mangaluru: The Department of Dermatology, Venereology and Leprosy of Father Muller Medical College (FMMC) in association with the Karavali Dermatology Society and the Indian Association of Dermatologists, Venereologists & Leprologists (IADVL)-Karnataka organised ‘Derma Basics – 2015’ at the Decennial Memorial Hall, FMMC campus premises here on August 1.
The programme began with a prayer song. President of IADVL-Karnataka, Dr Narendra Kamath welcomed the gathering and briefed the gathering about Derma Basics. The programme was then inaugurated by the National President of IADVL Dr Venkatram Mysore and Director of FMCI Fr Patrick Rodrigues along with other dignitaries on the dais.
Addressing the postgraduates, Dr Ventakram Mysore said that they had entered the postgraduate course at a very opportune time to exploit the advances in and the advantages of dermatology. He urged the students to join the IADVL to utilise the benefits of the association like scholarships, research grants, etc. He also suggested the organisers to include a teachers component in future programmes to discuss syllabus, curriculum, etc. and train them. He congratulated the hosts and the organisers.
In his presidential address, Fr Patrick Rodrigues said that in the Bible, there is a saying that says even the hairs on our heads are counted. “God provides us an assurance that each and every one of us is cared for through this statement. When a single hair turns grey, people are filled with worry and when it starts falling, the worry becomes many fold. This is the situation in dermatology. Even small things cause great concern to people. We see many products in the market for skin care. This goes to show that people are concerned about the skin as it affects their social life.”
“Dermatology students should have the insight to see how the skin problems affect the people socially, personally. Your knowledge, your experience, your expertise is of greatest value because you, as a dermatologist, are able to build self-confidence in an individual,” he said.
Administrator of FMMC Fr Rudolf D’Sa, Dr Ramesh Bhat (Professor & HOD, Department of Dermatology, Venereology & Leprosy, FMMC), Dr Umashankar Nagaraju (General Secretary, IADVL Karnataka and Professor & Head, Rajarajeshwari Medical College), Dr Satish Pai (Professor & HOD, Department of Dermatology, KMC Manipal), staff, PG students and others were present. Dr Sukumar, Organising Chairman of Derma Basics, delivered the vote of thanks. Dr Ashwini and Dr Andrea compered the programme.