Pune -The 66th Annual Armed Forces Medical Conference, including the 56th Armed Forces Medical Research Committee (AFMRC) Meeting is being organized at Armed Forces Medical College, Pune from 06 to 09 Feb 2018, under the overall supervision of Air Marshal C K Ranjan, AVSM, VSM, Director & Commandant. This conference is the largest gathering of armed forces medical personnel and the only multi-specialty conference of its kind in the country.

The four day conference will discuss a wide spectrum of professional issues concerning the Armed Forces Medical Services. This year, AFMRC will focus its special attention on formulating systems and strategies to ensure high quality research within the Armed Forces. A highlight of the conference will be a two day workshop on ‘Research Methodology’.
The conference, which is the highpoint of the annual academic calendar of AFMS, will be formally inaugurated by Lt Gen Bipin Puri, VSM, PHS, Director General, Armed Forces Medical Services on 06 Feb 2018. The conference will commence with presentation of award winning AFMRC projects. These include studies carried out on Tinea Pedis infection, Lung compliance in Mechanically Ventilated patients, Swine Flu, and correction of dental and facial deformities.
Other sessions on 06 Feb 2018 will include meetings of the Armed Forces Medical Academic Committee, AFMC Management Committee, MJAFI Governing Council and Governing Council of AFMS (O) Fund.

At the core of the deliberations will be the 56th Annual meeting of Armed Forces Medical Research Committee (AFMRC) on 07 and 08 Feb 2018. This forum provides direction and impetus to medical research in the Armed Forces. This year more than 175 new research proposals will be discussed. AFMC, Pune has submitted 49 new research projects.
There will be special sessions devoted to discuss areas of future research, to articulate a long-term vision of scientific enquiry within AFMS on the sidelines of the main AFMRC deliberations. There will be guest lectures by eminent personalities from the field of medical science, including Dr Rajendra Gupta, Adviser to Union Health Ministry on ‘ National Health Policy’ and Dr Sanjay B Kulkarni on ‘Hospital Infection Control’.
On 08 Feb 2018, there will be a session devoted to presentation of award winning research papers published during 2017.

Specialists Conferences will be held separately by Departments of AFMC for practicing specialist officers of their respective disciplines. They will also review completed AFMRC Projects of their own disciplines. There will a special session devoted to perspective challenges where medical administrative issues will be discussed with a view to improving quality of health care as well as development of human resources within the AFMS.
09 Feb 2018, awards for excellence in academics in post graduate and in-service training courses will be presented by the DGAFMS. The deliberations will conclude with a closing address by Lt Gen Bipin Puri, VSM, PHS, DGAFMS.

The first AFMRC was organized in 1953. Over the years the conference has gradually expanded in scope to become a forum for planning, evaluation and implementation not only of research but also innovations in health care. While the principal focus of research is related to the requirements of the Armed Forces, the results achieved are made available to all health care professionals.

The high standard of health care provided to the Armed Forces personnel and their families, in war & peace is the result of a carefully planned and controlled system of optimum utilization of resources to benefit the largest number of patients.