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The ethics behind medical conferences: a view from India
  1. Vishal Sharma,
  2. Alka Sharma
  1. Department of Medicine, University College of Medical Sciences, Delhi
  1. Correspondence to Vishal Sharma, 308 SRD Hostel, UCMS & GTB Hospital, Delhi, India; docvishalsharma{at}


Medical conferences are organised by professional bodies with a view to providing an opportunity of continuing medical education and improving the practices of medical professionals. Of late these events have degenerated into entertainment extravaganzas and no longer remain pure academic exercises. This article discusses the possible reasons behind the current state of decay and mechanisms to improve the state of affairs.

  • Education for healthcare professionals
  • education/programs
  • ethics
  • medical conferences
  • pharmaceutical

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