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Educational Scholarship Outreach Program  

The NWAC Educational Scholarship Outreach Program was established to provide complimentary tuition at NWAC conventions for all didactic and workshop sessions to candidates with a history of academic and educational excellence. In doing so, the NWAC hopes to extend its international outreach to the emerging countries. A total of 30 scholars are selected annually from a long list of promising applicants. Candidates are required to complete the application and provide a personal statement with a letter of motivation along with their CV. A letter of recommendation from a member of their faculty or department chair at the professor rank also strengthens their application. This is the 4th year that the NWAC is featuring an Educational Scholarship Outreach Program and we hope to continue this tradition and attract many more scholars from the developing world who demonstrate excellence and ambition in their field. Our up-to-date accepted scholars for 4th NWAC 2013 Bangkok, Thailand are listed below.

THE APPLICATION PROCESS IS NOW CLOSED

Accepted applicants will be waived the convention registration fee as well as the fees for Workshops or Problem Based Learning Discussion they would like to attend. Preregistration is though compulsory. Accepted applicants will not be entitled to any accommodation or travel allowance whatsoever.

Dr. Nitin Sethi
Dr. Nitin Sethi is the Associate Honorary Active Consultant in the Department of Anesthesiology, Pain and Perioperative Medicine at Sir Ganga Ram Hospital in Old Rajinder Nagar, New Dehli, India. Dr. Sethi received his M.B.B.S. (Bachelor of medicine & Bachelor of surgery) from Kasturba Medical College, Mangalore, Karnataka, India and the Manipal Academy of Higher Education in 2000. He was awarded his D.N.B (Diplomte of National Board) in 2004 by India’s National Board of Examinations. Dr. Sethi’s interests include anesthesia for laproscopic surgery and GI & hepatobiliary surgery, anesthesia for liver and kidney transplants as well as ultrasound guided nerve blocks and clinical research. Dr. Sethi has contributed to numerous publications and is an invited reviewer for the Journal of Clinical Anesthesia. He has also contributed to numerous scientific paper presentations and is currently involved in several research projects. Dr. Nitin Sethi hopes the NWAC “conference will help him interact with the various international experts in anesthesia and will be an excellent learning experience” and that “the knowledge which he intends to gain from this conference will help in his clinical research and also enhance his clinical skills”.  

Dr. Bishwas Pradhan
Dr. Bishwas Pradhan is an Associate Professor in the Division of Cardiothoracic & Vascular Anesthesia at the ManMohan Cardiothoracic Vascular and Transplant Centre in Kathmandu, Nepal. He received his M.B.B.S. (Bachelor of medicine & Bachelor of surgery) from Rangpur Medical College, Rajshahi University in Bangladesh in 1998 and his M.D. in Anesthesiology from the Institute of Medicine at the Tribhuwan University Teaching Hospital in Kathmandu in 2004. He was selected for the prestigious Ramji Gautam Award for securing the highest marks in his M.D. anesthesiology program. He also completed a clinical fellowship in Cardiothoracic Anesthesia and Critical Care at the University of Calgary’s Foothill Hospital in Canada. Dr. Pradhan has several publications and is a member of numerous professional societies. He displays an evident interest in sharing and furthering his knowledge through his regular attendance at anesthesia conferences and trainings, nationally and internationally. He views the NWAC as an excellent opportunity to present his research and to improve his ability to conduct National and International conferences in his home country of Nepal. In his own words, Dr. Pradhan hopes the NWAC will “help him to update his knowledge in various fields of anesthesiology, and give him the golden opportunity to get acquainted with experts from all over the world”. Dr. Pradhan intends to share the new knowledge he acquires at the NWAC with his students and fellow colleagues and anticipates that this knowledge will help him advance the academic program of his institute.

Dr. Samad Eslam Jamal Golzari
Dr. Samad Eslam Jamal Golzari is a third year resident in Anesthesiology and Intensive Care at the Imam Reza Hospital in Tabriz, Iran. He received his M.D. in 2002 from Tabriz Azad University in Tabriz. He has been very active in research during the short period of his residency program and has contributed to more than thirty peer-reviewed papers thus far. Although he is only at the residency level, Dr. Golzari has already been involved in a number of research projects and presentations and views this conference as “a unique opportunity to take part in future educational programs and add to his knowledge and practice of anesthesia”. 

Dr. Amir Babu Shrestha
Dr. Amir Babu Shrestha is a Senior Consultant Anesthesiologist at Paropakar Maternity and Women’s Hospital in Kathmandu, Nepal. He is also an Associated Professor for the National Academy of Medical Sciences in Kathmandu. Dr. Shrestha received his M.D. in general medicine in 1993 from Vitebsk Medical Institute in Belarus and his M.D. in anesthesiology in 2003 from Tribhuvan University in Nepal. He was awarded a scholarship by the Government of Nepal for his undergraduate medical degree and by the World Health Organization for his postgraduate degree in anesthesiology. He is a member of several professional medical organizations and holds the position of Vice-President of the Society of Anesthesiologists of Nepal. He has also contributed to several research studies and publications. Dr. Shrestha views teaching as an integral part of medical practice and holds ongoing commitments to both formal and informal teaching programs for junior colleagues, staff nurses, medical students and non-medical personnel. He hopes “the NWAC will help to upgrade his skill, knowledge and techniques and will be useful for him and his country”.
 

Dr. Ajuzieogu Obinna Virginus
Dr. Ajuzieogu Obinna Virginus is an anesthesiologist in the Department of Anesthesia at the University of Nigeria Teaching Hospital in Enugu. He is also the Coordinator of residents’ academic programs at the Univesity of Nigeria Teaching Hospital in Ituku Ozalla and he is a Lecturer 1 in the Department of Anesthesia in the College of Medicine at the University of Nigeria Enugu. He has lectured formally and informally in the classroom and clinical setting at the undergraduate and postgraduate levels and has been a guest lecturer on several occasions. Dr. Virginus received his M.B.B.S. (Bachelor of medicine & Bachelor of surgery) from the University of Port Harcourt in 1995 and completed his residency in anesthesia at the University of Nigeria Teaching Hospital Enugu in 2007. He is a member of several professional and scientific bodies including the Nigeria Society of Anesthesia and received the prestigious national (Famewo) prize for the best candidate in part one examinations in anesthesia in 2007. Dr. Virgninus has contributed to numerous publications, several case reports and has presented papers at a number of conferences. His areas of interest include pediatric anesthesia, neonatal intensive care, anesthesia education and research, resuscitation, ambulatory anesthesia, regional blocks, minimal access procedures and obstetric anesthesia. Dr. Virginus looks forward to attending the NWAC, stating “the World Anaesthesia Convention is a forum to experience developments in research in the field of anaesthesia. It will help me broaden my knowledge in newer concepts that will be useful in my practice back home. I will also learn current theories which will be of benefit to my institution and students”.

Dr. Tamer Bashir Ahmed Montaser
Dr. Tamer Bashir Ahmed Montaser is in the third year of his fellowship training program in Emergency Medicine at Cairo University Hospital, Egypt. He is currently an Emergency Medicine fellow at Gamal Abd El-naser Insurance hospital in Alexandria and works part-time in Critical Care at El-Manial hospital of Cairo University. Dr. Montaser has been involved in the development of the Egyptian Emergency Medicine Fellowship program as a member of the Scientific Committee and as a program coordinator for Cairo University Hospital’s Fellowship Program. The program is considered a leader in emergency medicine training and received sponsorship from the Ministry of Health and approval from the Royal College of Emergency Medicine in the United Kingdom. He received his MB.Bch. (Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery) in 2006 from the Faculty of Medicine at Alexandria University and his M.Sc. (Masters of Science) in 2012 in Emergency Medicine from the Faculty of Medicine at Suez Canal University Hospital. Dr. Montaser received the Egyptian Medical Syndicate Award in 2006. He has contributed to several publications, has attended a number of medical conferences within Egypt, and has presented his own work at international conferences in Antalya, Turkey and New Delhi, India. Dr. Montaser considers the NWAC “a great opportunity, which promotes collegiality and cooperation among physicians globally” and is eager to “integrate with the greater anesthesiology community” and “meet with professionals from all over the world”.

Dr. Soumya Sankar Nath
Dr. Soumya Sankar Nath is an Associate Consultant in the Department of Anesthesiology at Sahara Hospital in Lucknow, India.  He received his M.B.B.S. (Bachelor of medicine & Bachelor of surgery) in 1998 from Silchar Medical College of Assam University in Silchar, India and his M.D. in anesthesiology in 2003 from the Institute of Medical Sciences at Banaras Hindu University in Varanasi, India. In 2004, he completed a Post-Doctoral certificate Course in Cardiac Anesthesia at the Sanjay Gandhi Post Graduate Institute of Medical Sciences in Lucknow, India. Dr. Nath is active in research and has a number of publications and several articles currently under review for publication. He has presented many papers at national and international conferences and has contributed to three chapters in the “Textbook of Anaesthesiology” published by Paras Publishers, India. He also co-authored a book titled, “Hepatic and Biliary Diseases – Anaesthesiologists’ Perspective” with the aim to enhance the knowledge of Indian Anesthesiologists about common problems with the hepato-biliary system. Dr. Nath started the practice of thracheostomies by anesthesiologists in the ICU of the Institute of Medical Sciences at Banaras Hindu Univeristy and is responsible for the introduction and management of Acute Pain Service in Sahara Hospital. Dr. Nath hopes the NWAC will enable him to learn “the latest concepts, equipments and practices” in anesthesia that “shall be useful not only to me but also the future anesthesiologists” who attend the post graduate teaching course, which his hospital is starting in the next year. He also believes that NWAC will “go a long way to encourage me and many others like me to engage in further research and academic work”.