Awards and Recognitions

Dr Pankaj Singhai is the recipient of ‘ASCO Idea-PC Award 2024’

We are thrilled to share that Dr Pankaj Singhai (Associate Professor, Department of Palliative and Supportive Medicine, Sri Aurobindo Institute of Medical Sciences, Indore, Madhya Pradesh) has received the International Development and Education in Palliative Care (ASCO Idea-PC) Award presented by the American Society of Clinical Oncology.

Dr Singhai received the award at the Conquer Cancer Grants Awards Ceremony held on Friday, 31st May, 2024, as part of the ASCO’s 2024 Annual Meeting at Chicago, Illinois, United States of America.

The award provides support for early career oncologists in low- and middle-income countries and facilitates the sharing of knowledge between these oncologists and ASCO members from US/ Canada who serve as scientific mentors to each recipient.

The award was presented to Dr Singhai in recognition of his professional achievements and his potential to be a leader of oncology in India. The award also acknowledges his commitment to cancer research that will make a difference in the lives of those affected by cancer.

Dr Singhai shares, “The ASCO – Idea PC Award is a great program which aims to develop leadership skills in young oncologist and Palliative Care Physicians. I am honoured to receive this award which has now motivated me further to deliver the best that I am capable of.”

Congratulations, Dr Pankaj Singhai! Wish you further laurels.

Himalayan Institute of Medical Sciences, Dehradun, begins a Pain and Palliative OPD from 22nd May, 2024

We are pleased to share that the Himalayan Institute of Medical Sciences (HIMS), Dehradun, Uttarakhand, began Pain and Palliative Care Out Patient Department (OPD) services from Wednesday 22nd May, 2024.

The bi-weekly OPD will function every Wednesday and Saturday between 2:30 p.m. and 4:30 p.m., and provide palliative care services to child and adult patients of both cancer and non-cancer. The OPD will be managed by 2 doctors who are trained in palliative care.

Until now, palliative care services at the hospital were being provided via referral and consultation services. The increasing need for such services coupled with the dedication from the hospital culminated in the creation of a dedicated palliative care OPD service.

When we reached out to the team, they shared, “The new dedicated OPD is a testimonial towards our commitment to serve patients. This initiative will help us to translate and implement evidence based care to patients from our region. We look forward to gradually increasing the scope of our service delivery within the hospital.”

Congratulations Team HIMS! We wish you the best.

Department of Palliative Medicine, TMH, Mumbai, brings in a dedicated PM-POCUS to help in patient care

We are delighted to share that the Department of Palliative Medicine, Tata Memorial Hospital (TMH), Mumbai, has brought in the first-of-its-kind PM-POCUS equipment for their dedicated use on Thursday, 6th June, 2024.

This equipment helps to improve the quality of patient care by integrating point-of-care ultrasound (POCUS) into palliative medicine (PM). The new addition aims to enhance patient care through advanced, real-time diagnostic capabilities, ensuring comfort and precision in treatment and is therefore said to be a giant leap for patient care.

The new equipment has been sponsored by the Rotary Club of Bombay Bayview, and Dr Anil Jain.

On this new innovative step, the team from TMH Mumbai shares, “In this age of digital health care, we are very excited to start our journey in this breakthrough in palliative care, implementing PM PoCUS services for enhancing the care for our patients with precision, compassion and technology”.

Congratulations, Department of Palliative Medicine, TMH Mumbai! Keep inspiring us.

TIPS and IPM collaborate to enhance palliative care delivery across India and the Southeast Asia region

It is exciting to share that Trivandrum Institute of Palliative Sciences (TIPS), Pallium India, Thiruvananthapuram, and the Institute of Palliative Medicine (IPM), Kozhikode, two major palliative care delivery and training institutions in Kerala signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on Wednesday, 12th June, 2024 to work on areas of mutual interest.

The MoU was signed by Ms Smriti Rana (Head, WHOCC, TIPS) and Dr Suresh Kumar (Head, WHOCC, IPM).

An excerpt from a joint press release shared by both institutions after signing the MoU reads, “In a historic milestone for palliative care development in the region, the two WHO Collaborating Centres that have worked in parallel for over two decades have joined hands to improve access to pain management and palliative care in India and the Southeast Asia Region”.

Please click here to read e hospice India’s brief interview with Ms Rana and Dr Kumar, which provides further insights into this significant collaboration.

Congratulations Team TIPS and Team IPM! We wish you the best in this endeavour!