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The “Oscars of medicine” are coming to New Delhi: who will you nominate as a hero of Indian healthcare?

BMJ 2014; 349 doi: (Published 10 July 2014) Cite this as: BMJ 2014;349:g4540
  1. Richard Hurley, deputy magazine editor, The BMJ
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We’ll be celebrating all the best in Indian healthcare at our inaugural awards ceremony on 20 September 2014, writes Richard Hurley. So submit your nominations now at—and good luck!

“If you have taken up challenges in your practice,” says Anand Ekambaram, BMJ’s managing director in India, “and have devised ingenious practices, solutions, or policies to impact outcomes, the BMJ Awards India are a platform for you—the heroes of the healthcare system. Please share your story.”

Dubbed the “Oscars of medicine,” The BMJ Awards launched in 2009 in the United Kingdom and are now an annual fixture, lauding exceptional work by doctors and their teams. And now India is to get a similar awards programme all of its own.1

Indian winners

“Indian medicine presents a unique paradox,” explains Ekambaram, “While India has one of the highest burdens of disease, the doctor to patient ratio remains very low. But India is home to extraordinary doctors and their teams, who have made tangible contributions to improving patient care and healthcare outcomes in arduous circumstances. We have seen this in 2011, when two winners at the BMJ Awards in the UK were from India.”2

That year, the medical humanitarian organisation Doctors for You won the Medical Team in a Crisis Zone Award for its …

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