2018 CME Schedule

NASMDA MEETING – 2018 Toronto, Ontario, Fairmont Royal York Hotel


Friday July 13th


7:00-7:15 – Introductions

Dr. Navinderdeep Singh Nijher


  • Provide a history of NASMDA, its mission, vision
  • Highlight medical mission work and scholarship
  • Review COI, disclosures, CME process, and agenda for the day


7:15 to 7:45 – General Body Meeting


7:45 to 8:15 – Case Examples of Infectious Disease Outbreaks and Health Equity
Dr. Herveen Kaur, Associate Medical Officer of Health and Public Health Physician, Toronto Ministry of Health


  • Provide an overview of the work of public health in communicable disease control
  • Understand the epidemiology of viral hepatitis and related health equity and policy implications


8:15 to 8:45 – Pain Management in the Opiate Crisis Era
Dr. Navdeep Singh Nijher


  • Discuss the medical state of affairs regarding the Opiate Crisis
  • Provide guidance how pain specialists might alter approach to pain treatments in response considering the Opioid Crisis
  • Highlight evolving technologies in pain management


8:45 to 9:00 – Questions and Answers
9:00 to 9:30 – Medical Leadership Development
Dr. Jaspal Singh


  • Discuss how physicians and dentists can be involved in healthcare leadership
  • Highlight interprofessional development and interaction, development of professional knowledge as keys to successful leadership development.
  • Discuss leadership development principles that are consistent with religious and spiritual growth
  • Provide guidance as to how effective leadership can foster wellness and minimize burnout.


9:30 to 10:05 – Women’s Health Updates
Dr. Suneet Kaur, Assistant Professor of Medicine


  • Provide an update of women’s health screening prevention
  • Case-based updates on Osteoporosis guidelines
  • Highlight women’s health issues that might warrant greater attention within the South Asian community


10:05 to 10:40 – Emerging Trends in Tobacco Use and Cessation
Dr. Hasmeena Kaur Kathuria, Assistant Professor of Medicine, Director Tobacco Treatment Center, Boston Medical Center


  • Review the impact of smoking-related illness on medical and dental health
  • Illustrate effective approaches to tobacco dependence


10:40 to 11:05 – Oral-systemic Health Connections
Dr. Ranbir Singh Dang, DDS


  • Review impact of dental health on primary care needs
  • Case-based discussion of dental exam for the primary care provider
  • Highlight current guidelines in the maintenance of oral health


11:05 to 11:40 – The Obesity Crisis from Childhood to Geriatrics
Dr. Amrik Singh Khalsa, Research and Clinical Fellow, University of Cincinnati Medicine-Pediatrics


  • Review the projected economic and population based impact of obesity
  • Provide an overview of newer approaches towards obesity management
  • Highlight evidence about most effective approaches towards obesity management


11:40 to 12:30 – Faculty Panel Discussion: Keys to Health and Wellness (all Faculty)
Moderator: Dr. Jaspal Singh


  • Interview faculty for insights in health and well-being
  • Focus on interventions that target potentially vulnerable populations
  • Debate insights as to best uses of public efforts towards general health and well-being


Total Hours: 5.5

12:30: Lunch



Saturday July 14th


7:30 to 8:30 – Transplant Surgery Donation and Recipient Principles
Dr. Damanpreet Singh Bedi, Assistant Professor, Transplant Surgery, Beaumont Medical Center


  • Provide a brief overview of the donor and recipient transplantation process for the general medical practitioner
  • Highlight the post-transplantation process for disease monitoring and overall health and well-being
  • Foster discussion related to the context of transplantation considering social and religious views


8:30 to 9:00 – Civic Engagement through Medicine
Dr. Kamal Singh Kalsi (Colonel, US Army)


  • How to perform medical SEVA by serving the needs of unserved or underserved populations?
  • Share medical cases from the field
  • Highlight challenges in working in austere environments


Total Hours: 2.0

Conclude CME at 9am
9am Beyond: Sikh Professional Association General Combined Session



Sunday, July 15th

9:00 to 10:00 – NASMDA General Body Meeting


Concert Hall Level C