04 Mar 2019 19:57 IST

IIM-K, Kerala Tourism to host global health, medical tourism conference

Aim to create a platform for industry, academia and govt to interact and create knowledge resources

IIM Kozhikode (IIM-K) in collaboration with Kerala Tourism will host an international conference on global health and medical tourism (GIoHMT) from March 7-10. The institute announced that Kerala Tourism and MVR Cancer Centre and Research Institute, Kozhikode, will be associates. IIM-K has also partnered with Arya Vaidya Sala at Kottakkal, in Kerala. GloHMT is being co-hosted by IIM Kozhikode and IIHMR Jaipur.

MVR Cancer Centre and Research Institute is one of the leading facilities in Kerala that provides advanced cancer treatment at affordable costs. The institute has over 30 cancer-related departments to provide intense cancer care in a 300-bed facility. The main divisions for the treatment include medical oncology, surgical oncology, radiation oncology and nuclear medicine.

The Global Health and Medical Tourism conference aims at creating a platform for industry and academia to interact, deliberate and create knowledge resources that will be useful to all stakeholders and contribute to growth in the sector.

Phase 2 at Jaipur

The first phase of the conference will be held at IIM Kozhikode campus from March 7-10, and the second phase will be hosted by the Indian Institute of Health Management Research University in Jaipur from March 11-13. The phase-II will witness various sessions and panel discussions, on related topics along with a visit to the cultural village located in Jaipur.

Prof Debashis Chatterjee, Director, IIM Kozhikode, said: “Management education is not just limited to corporate houses. Today’s health facilities are state-of-the-art concepts and are to be managed effectively for wider reach and inclusive growth. This conference is a bridge between global health and medical tourism, on the one hand, and these two areas and management education, on the other. IIM Kozhikode plans to offer leadership and soft skills courses in full swing in the health and medical tourism sector, and this conference is just a beginning.”

Prof Deepa Sethi, GloHMT Conference Chair, said: “This conference is bringing international and national experts together at a single event to share insights on global health and medical tourism.”