AKMG Annual Convention , July 12-14, 2012
2012 AKMG Annual Convention ,Detroit, Michigan July 12-14
It is my privilege and honor as AKMG President to invite you and your family to join, participate and celebrate with all of us at the 2012 annual AKMG convention in Detroit. The entire convention committee teams are getting the stage ready at the Marriott Renaissance in Detroit’s downtown district for three days of exciting and fun-filled social, cultural, and CME programs to satisfy the needs of each attendee!
I want to summarize a few of the exciting things that you can look forward to. The convention’s opening day on July 12, features a sunset dinner cruise aboard Ovation, a majestic yacht on the beautiful Detroit River with classic Motown songs and band, excellent food, and drinks. The cruise will be a perfect opportunity to socialize with your old and new AKMG friends. On July 13, as we formally open the convention with traditional activities, a special ceremony will be held to release the much awaited ‘Archives of AKMG. ’ This coffee-table book contains the 33-year history of AKMG with articles from previous AKMG presidents and colorful pictures of past conventions and AKMG events. AKMG presidents in attendance will be recognized and honored during the ceremony. Please be sure to purchase a copy of the Archives at the pre-publication price of $85 on your convention registration form.
We shall have quality CME sessions on both Friday, July 13 and Saturday July 14 presented by excellent speakers, many of them our younger generation AKMG physicians. Other CME highlights include a poster session for residents and medical students with prizes for the best presentations.
The entertainment committee is hard at work to put together a memorable Campus Nite on Friday the 13th! Not only will we be entertained by our talented members from across the region, but also by Satish Menon, a hugely talented Malayalam singer performing. In addition, sports, special programs for children, youth, young AKMG, spousal activities and tours to local attractions will keep you and your family busy and entertained! As we close the convention on Saturday July 14 evening, the Gala Banquet will feature one of the most elaborate entertainment programs AKMG has ever undertaken! We will have the pleasure of listening to singer Padmabhushan K.J. Yesudas as he performs during the 50th year of his legendary musical career. On the stage, he will be joined by his son Vijay Yesudas, and singers Sujatha and Swetha for an unforgettable musical experience!
Once again, I invite you to attend the convention and help make this another landmark AKMG convention. I hope you’ll register early and take advantage of the early-bird registration rates! I look forward to seeing you all in Detroit!
K.C. Joseph, M.D.
President , AKMG
Convention Committee Message
It is crunch time for us as the much awaited 33rd AKMG annual convention Detroit Convention rapidly approaches. I am truly excited to say that the convention team is working hard to make sure that under AKMG President Dr K.C. Joseph‘s meticulous direction and stewardship, the Convention Co-Chairs, Drs. Majeed Paduvana and Geetha Nair and the rest of the committee members are rallying to put together a spectacular and memorable event. As you may know, the economic recovery is evident all over in Detroit, just as in the rest of our great nation, and I assure you that you’ll find in the convention city of Detroit a rewarding and fun-filled convention extravaganza that includes the right proportions of social, CME, cultural, charitable and humanitarian events for you to enjoy.
The Registration Night’s Detroit River Cruise, overlooking the city of Windsor, Canada promises to be splendid, while the CME activities will be especially rewarding. The entertainment team is planning an eventful Campus Night to showcase the multiple cultural talents of AKMG members and their families while the Gala Banquet Night will strive to uphold the excellent standards with one-of-a-kind entertainment by the legendary K.J. Yesudas who is celebrating his 50 years of musical legacy this year!
As we work towards creating a memorable convention event filled with good food, sports and games, youth activities and the like, we want you to start making plans to attend the convention and be a part of the social and cultural event. We promise, together we will make this yet another successful and memorable AKMG convention. So what are you waiting for – go ahead and complete the enclosed registration and take advantage of the early registration offers!
We personally look forward to welcoming you all in Detroit on July 12, 2012!
CONVENTION, HOTEL & TRAVEL INFO
The 2012 convention will be held at the fabulous Marriott At The Renaissance Center in downtown Detroit. Overlooking the city of Windsor, Detroit is alive with renowned museums and theaters, casino hotels and a transformed riverfront Championship sports, exciting nightlife and delectable din-ing offer endless options for things to do. Please call the hotel directly at 1-313-568-8000 to book your conventions rooms. Be sure to mention the hotel reservation code AKMG to avail convention booking rates.
While at the convention, should you want a break from AKMG activities, you and your family can hit the streets of downtown Detroit and enjoy the renaissance happening all over the popular city that goes by the nickname Motown!
Popular tourist attractions in the Motown include the Detroit Institute of Arts, Detroit Science Center, Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History, Detroit Historical Museum, Motown Historical Museum, Fox Theatre, Comerica Park, Ford Field, GM Headquarters, Campus Martius Park, Cobo Center, JoeLouis Arena, Hart Plaza, Greektown, Casinos, the very popular Detroit International River Walk and Belle Isle.
Detroit Metropolitan Wayne County Airport is the city’s major international airport and is located in suburban Romulus. Metro Detroit airport serves over 160 domestic and international destinations Detroit is also well con-nected by rail and road.
I am the CME chair for the year and under the auspices of Dr. KC Joseph, the president of AKMG, we are working to give you an
intellectual feast and fascinating array of CME discourses. There will be 8 hours of CME divided over two days and we will be devoting 4 hours exclusively for lectures by second generation AKMG physicians. This will give them an opportunity to highlight their achievements and project the increasing role of younger members in our community.
We will also be undertaking a poster presentation for all AKMG residents this year. There will be 3 prizes given for the top presentations to encourage original work. We hope this trend will continue in the coming years too.
Many of the details are still in the embryonic stage and we will keep you appraised of news about CME lectures as they get finalized in the next few months. If any of you have interest in a speaking session or want to recommend or sponsor a speaker, please feel free to contact me at the contact info detailed below. Please call me at 248-551-7009 or email me at jjames@Beaumont.edu.
Joseph James, MD
Our AKMG conventions are renowned for quality and mesmerizing entertainment. This year’s AKMG convention shall be no different! Those who attended the AKMG’s Silver Jubilee Convention in Detroit know the high standards we had set then, and this year’s convention, the bar shall be set even higher! Here’s a glimpse of the entertainment that is in store for attendees!
Following convention registration on July 12, get set to board the spectacular Ovation Cruise Yacht steps away from the convention hotel! On board for your entertainment pleasure, we have a popular local band performing Motown hits and music that will delight you! Be ready to kick up your shoes and set to rock, roll and dance as you sail the Detroit River on a warm summer night and enjoy fabulous dinner, drinks, and the camaraderie of friends and your AKMG colleagues! Just note that the cruise dress code is business casual—and to make it even more fun and exciting, I’m planning on a INDIAN RETRO CLOTHES theme for the cruise. Check out the AKMG website for updates!
By the way, are you hiding a special talent – singing, dancing, musical, or dramatic, that you or a family member possesses? Don’t hide it, show it off! The Campus Nite on July 13 is YOUR stage! I also need your help and cooperation on another fun segment that I am working to put together for the Campus Nite - a segment on “Life in Kerala Medical College Campuses as we Remember.” It will be a sixty to ninety minute non-stop, music, dance, and comedy segment scripted to transport you down medical college memory lane! I need individuals or groups to participate and make this a fun event. When you sign up, I’ll send you the scripts that you and your friends can rehearse in your own cities and we’ll bring it all together on stage here at the convention. Please feel free to contact me and also suggest ideas and parts that can be meshed together in this segment. I am all eager to hear your ideas and suggestions. My telephone number is 248-706-0511. You can also email me at email@example.com.
And finally, the Gala Banquet Night on July 14! We are delight-ed to present for your entertain-ment, the heart and soul of Malayalam music, the voice of Kerala him- self—K.J. Yesudas. In this 50th year of his contributions to the Malayalam music, Yesudas will regale us with his singing accompanied by his equally talented son, Vijay Yesudas along with the sweet and melodious voices of Sujatha and Swetha Menon.
I cannot wait for the excitement of the convention to begin! How about you? In the meantime, remember the Campus Nite segment request I made for participation, please do and together I promise, we’ll make it a huge fun-filled entertainment segment at the convention’s Campus Nite!
I very much look forward to seeing you all here in Detroit!
Geetha Nair, MD
On behalf of the 2012 AKMG Convention Souvenir Committee, I invite you to write short articles or poems in English or Malayalam for publication in the souvenir to be released on the occasion. These articles should be of general interest to your convention colleagues and other convention attendees, and be less than 1000 words in length. Kindly refrain from submitting articles that may be considered academic and avoid using
photographs in your articles, or if you have to, limit their use and send these pictures embedded within the text. Please send your articles in Word format along with a 3x3 photograph (JPEG) of the author to firstname.lastname@example.org by June 10, 2012.
A special section in the souvenir will be devoted to paid “family pictorial” advertisements. These advertisements carrying your own personal messages will cost $250 for half-page; and $500 for a full-page. Please send a check payable to “AKMG” along with the picture to Murali Nair, 4818 Panorama Circle, West Bloomfield, MI 48323 or if you prefer, send the picture as a JPEG attachment to email@example.com and separately, a payment check to the address above. Please note that these paid advertisements should be received by June 25, 2012 for inclusion in the souvenir.
I look forward to receiving your articles as well as the pictorial advertisements.
Murali Nair, Ph.D