The Department of Onco-Anaesthesia and Palliative Medicine, IRCH, AIIMS, New Delhi, recognized as a WHOCC for Training and Education in Palliative Care

The Department of Onco-Anaesthesia and Palliative Medicine at the Dr B R Ambedkar Institute Rotary Cancer Hospital, All India Institute of Medical Sciences, New Delhi, has been designated as a WHO Collaborating Centre (WHOCC) for Training and Education in Palliative Care (WHO CC IND-163), for a period of 4 years (till December 2025) from 17th December, 2021.

Dr Sushma Bhatnagar, Head of the Department, Department of Onco-Anesthesia and Palliative Medicine, will function as the Head of the Centre for this purpose.  

Institutions recognized as a WHO Collaborating Centre, are assured of working effectively and implementing the highest standard of quality.  

The Department of Onco-Anesthesia and Palliative Care, AIIMS, New Delhi, is actively involved in the Training, Education, and Research in Palliative Care in India. The center was also only the second center in the country to begin offering  MD in Palliative Medicine. The center is also credited with capacity building activities such as implementing the Training of Trainers ‘The Cancer Treatment Centre’ program, which aims to train professionals in palliative medicine. The center also offers short term training programs such as the Certificate Course in Essentials of Palliative Care to Medical and Nursing professionals in Palliative Medicine. The department has also led the  development and implementation of the End of Life Care Policy and the Pain Management Policy at AIIMS, New Delhi.

The center is only the third centre from India to achieve this recognition in the field of palliative care, after The Institute of Palliative Medicine (IPM), Kozhikode, which is a WHOCC for Community Participation in Palliative Care and Long Term Care, and the Trivandrum Institute of Palliative Sciences (TIPS), Thiruvananthapuram, which is a WHOCC for Training and Policy on Access to Pain Relief.

Congratulations to Dr Sushma Bhatnagar and her team for this achievement!

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