Well, it has been quite a while ago since our last HOWZIT newsletter early this year. Many things have happened along the way. Most of it was on the gearing-up for the 1st Manipal Alumni Global Health, Science and Technology Convention & the 28th MAAM AGM in August 2014. Personally, I must say that the vibe towards this inaugural event is tremendous, not only from inside Malaysia but also from overseas. Everyone involved in this project had put in their own limitless contributions, sweat and time to make this event a successful one. Just look through this newsletter and I am sure you will get to understand what I mean. In this latest issue, we will be looking at some very interesting articles written by our own Manipalites. Just when we thought that we had forgotten our Anatomy days, Dr. Koh Kar Chai brought us back to those glorious days of First Year in Manipal. There is also a Dental Case report in this issue, which I hope it will be useful to all of us. Our Vice President, Dr. Sivaroshan gave us an insight on Estrogen dominance in males. Eventually, I hope that you guys will take some of your precious time and read through this newsletter. I would definitely appreciate any comments or suggestions to make our HOWZIT newsletter a worthwhile reading material. You can e-mail to me at ujintan@ gmail.com if you have anything to say.
Looking back on the months that have passed, I was very fortunate to be able to meet with our Manipal University Chancellor, Padma Bhushan Datuk Dr. Ramdas Pai and his son, Dr. Ranjan Pai in June this year during the Melaka Manipal Medical College 11th Graduation Ceremony in Melaka. Later in August, Assoc. Prof. Dr Rishya and myself were lucky to listen to a lecture by Dr. Unni Krishnan, President of Medicins Sans Frontiers in University Malaya Medical Center. MAAM then gave our support for his quest to collect funds for MSF project in India by cycling around India in October 2013. Lately too, we are also happy to see our Manipalites featured in our local media on medical topics of interest, namely, Dr. Patricia Gomez and Assoc. Prof. Dr. Philip George. Besides that, kudos to Dr. C.S. Kumar who selflessly helped a toddler out from a burning car following a road traffic accident along the highway on August 2013.
Coming to this year end, many things have happened in and around the world. The recent Haiyan Typhoon had caused mayhem in our neighboring country, the Philippines, in which MAAM had successfully contributed some funds towards their relief effort. On November 21st, I was saddened when I was told about the passing away of my Forensic lecturer in Manipal, Prof. Dr. Koodly Yoganarasimha. I am not sure how many of us that were his students before, but I am sure that most of my seniors and batch mates from MMMC would definitely remember him as a great teacher.
Lastly, I would like to wish all of you, Merry Christmas and a very Happy New Year 2014. Make your resolutions quick and work on it as soon as you can. Let me end my editor’s note with a quote that I had personally made: “A hero is the one who knows that there is or may not be a tomorrow if he does not do his part for humanity.”
With best regards,
Dr. Eugene Tan