Highlights of West Zone PEDICON 2022, Rajkot

Healthcare Events

The Academy of Pediatrics, Rajkot organized a regional pediatric conference titled West Zone PEDICON 2022 from 16th to 18th September 2022. The conference was held under the aegis of the Indian Academy of Pediatrics (IAP) - Gujarat state branch.

Sep 30
Dr Yagnesh Popat
Organizing Chairperson, West Zone PEDICON 2022


After a long wait of two years finally, the West Zone PEDICON 2022 was announced and completed successfully in the Rajkot city of Gujarat, for this special event, the elite panel of speakers was chosen from all over the country to cover the relevant topics for D2D practice. The event was planned in such a way that all the delegates can have a combination of learning+leisure, a small gateway that also enhances their practising career. 


Pre-conference Workshop

Before the main conference began, a workshop was organized to give all the attendees an overview of the conference. Multiple scientific programs were conducted at the same time and everyone was excited to learn and discuss the subject of their interest. 


Scientific programs

The conference contained 23 different scientific sessions, 9-panel discussions and 33 Individual talks. With so much to cover and so little time, all the delegates were quick to find their respective conference halls. A total of 350 delegates from all over the country attended and benefited from this conference. Parallel events were taking place at two locations. 


Clue to Diagnosis

History & Physical examination - a forgotten artDr Baldev Prajapati 
Clinical versus Lab - Battle for SupremacyDr S. Balasubrmanian
Pulmonary function testDr Dhanesh Volvoikar


Therapeutic Advance

Small for gestational age: Importance of early detection & managementDr Chetan Dave
Role of EHL Factors in HemophiliaDr Neha Patel


Managing in time, saves life

Common positioning Dr Mahesh Mohite
Salt wasting neonateDr Anurag Bajpai
Mx Anaphylaxis Dr Rameshkumar


Vaccines you love to offer

HPV-9, a real game changerDr Tushar Shah
Hexavalent ready to use aP vaccine - In pursuit to increase VCR & decrease human errorDr Nitin Shah


Emerging Insight

Post COVID challenges - Adolescent perspectiveDr Nischal Bhatt
Post COVID challenges - ID perspectiveDr Suhas Prabhu
Liver Transplant, what pediatrician should knowDr Neelam Mohan
Vulnerable populations for dysbiosisDr Pramod Jog


Symposium - Management protocols 

BrucellosisDr Mehul Mitra
Skin & soft tissue infectionDr Jayant Joshi
Pyogenic meningitisDr Vasant Khalatkar
Doping in adolescentsDr Harindersingh


Symposium - Neonatology

KMC - a real boonDr Somshekhar Nimbalkar
Evaluating distressed NewbornDr Ashish Mehta


Multidisciplinary Scientific Programs

Financial Prescription for DoctorsDr D R Shah
B-12 & Folate - don’t neglectDr Nitish Vora
Neuroimaging- clinical perspectiveDr Tarun Gondalia
Non-infectious feverDr Bakul Parekh
Pulmonary Manifestation of systematic diseaseDr Indu Khosla
IVIgDr Digant Shastri
Allergic Rhinitis in children: Is holistic management possible?Dr Sitesh Roy
Fluid management of shockDr Santosh Soans
What is new in NRPDr Vineet Saxena
Plastic pollution, way forwardDr Ramesh Bajania
Neonatal ScreeningDr Kunal Ahya
Irrational Antibiotic combinationsDr Rohit Agarwal


Panel Discussions

New onset of fever in ICUDr Mahesh Mohite

Dr Bakul Parekh

Dr Nirmal Choraria

Dr Heamant Gangolia

Dr Divyang Bhimani

Interesting cases in Pediatric infectious diseasesDr Abhay Shah

Dr Bhaskar Shenoy

Dr Indu Khosla

Dr Jayant Upadhye

Dr Manish Mehta

Immunization DialogueDr Yagnesh Popat

Dr Nitin Shah

Dr Abhay Shah

Dr Chetan Shah

Dr Jayesh Sonvani

Debate : Office practice vs Hospital based practiceDr Pramod Jog

Dr Satish Pandya

Dr Nirmal Choraria


Changing face in neonatal and pediatric practiceDr Samir Thakrar

Dr Urvi Sanghavi

Dr Nishant Dharsandia

Dr Trupti Vaishnani

Dr Zalak Shah

Pulmonary Pearls - case basedDr Jaydeep Choudhury

Dr Rohit Agrawal

Dr Samir Shah

Dr Hiren Patel

Unicef SessionDr Navin Thacker

Dr Digant Shastri

Dr Alok Bhandari

Dr Rakesh Desai

Dr Sharmila B Mukharjee

Dr Yogesh Parikh

UNICEF Executive/s


Intra Abdominal infectionsDr Suhas Prabhu

Dr Neelam Mohan

Dr Baldev Prajapati

Dr Sanotsh Soans

Dr Zankhana Sanghavi

All about UTIDr Upendra Kinjawadekar

Dr Bhaskar Shenoy

Dr Bela Verma

Dr Harshad Takwani

Dr Maulik Shah

Child with recurrent infarctionDr S. Bala Subramanian

Dr Jaydeep Choudhury

Dr Kanaksinh Surma

Dr Rakesh Sharma

Dr Chetan Trivedi

Development delay - can we treat early?Dr Samir Dalwai

Dr Sharmila B Mukharjee

Dr Kirit Sisodia

Dr Meera Dhami

Spotters in PediatricsDr Prasant Karia

Dr Sanjay Deshmukh

Dr Ramakant Patil

Dr Pankaj Buch

Dr Sandip Trivedi


Inauguration Ceremony of a chapter on Pediatric Infectious Disease

A special inauguration ceremony took place where the dignitaries of the event launched a Pediatric infectious disease chapter under the Indian Academy of Pediatrics (IAP) - Gujarat. It was a proud moment for the entire Pediatrics community. 

Gala Dinner & Garba Night

The Gala dinner was organized with delicious Gujarati cuisine to satisfy everyone's taste buds followed by the main highlight of the conference, Garba! The grand celebration of the conference was planned in a way that delegates can enjoy and dance to the beats of traditional Gujarati Garba. All the delegates were eager and participated with high enthusiasm to have a good time. 


The Farewell

Everyone learnt something from this event. The combination of learning & relaxation ended on a sweet simple note where everyone bid farewell to their peers. Some of the delegates that fell in love with the city decided to stay a little longer and explore Rajkot and its nearby attractions while others carried the memorable recollections and headed toward practising and serving their patients.