Pune: AFMC welcomes IMPACT 2021, focus on contemporary issues in medical publishing

The Armed Forces Medical College in Pune is hosting an online conference-workshop on the issues of medical publishing. The three-day conference, “IMPACT 2021,” concludes September 18, and sees the participation of authors, reviewers and editors who organize interactive sessions on contemporary issues in medical publishing.

New academic guidelines for the academic advancement of teachers in the medical profession require the publication of research articles in indexed peer-reviewed journals. As a result, the conference was hosted by the Medical Journal Armed Forces India (MJAFI), one of the oldest multi-specialty research journals in the country, for the past 10 years.

Published from the portals of AFMC, Pune, MJAFI is celebrating its 77th volume of publication this year. Over the years, the journal has grown into a well-indexed medical publication with researchers from all over the world submitting articles.

As part of IMPACT 2021, there will be multiple sessions including workshops on medical writing, peer review, biostatistics, research ethics, and more. Contemporary topics such as the challenges of plagiarism and predatory journals will be discussed. On the last day, a talk on “How to conduct a clinical trial” will be given by Dr Sanjay Mehendale, Director of Research, PD Hinduja Hospital.

The conference was opened online by Vice-Admiral Surgeon Rajat Datta, Director General of Armed Forces Medical Services. DGAFMS stressed the importance of learning the art of medical writing and editing, especially when recent guidelines for teacher training have called for minimum basic publications. The admiral also highlighted the virtues of adapting to an online platform, especially in the environment that prevailed when the coronavirus pandemic disrupted the mainstream education system.

Vice Air Marshal Rajesh Vaidya, Dean and Deputy Commander of the Armed Forces Medical College, welcomed and congratulated the delegates for showing such enthusiasm to participate in a whole new format.

Besides the importance of acquiring medical writing and editing skills, the deputy director also insisted on the ethics of publishing and how one should not fall into the trap of publishing in predatory journals.

About 100 delegates from across the country attend the conference, in addition to AFMC faculty and students. Participants include aspiring writers, editors and editors who will contribute to the success of publishing in the future.

The slogan of the conference is “Bring your research to life with effective and authentic publication” and aims to provide a stimulus for scientists to effectively communicate their research across the world and to provide the scientific basis for changing the practice and medical policies.

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