Education and Training

IAPC in association with NHM (J&K and Ladakh), trains district Doctors and Nurses from Jammu and Ladakh

The Indian Association of Palliative Care (IAPC), in association with the National Health Mission (NHM) Jammu and Kashmir, and Ladakh trained 48 Doctors and Nurses from Jammu, Leh and Kargil in the basics of Palliative Care between Friday, 11th March, 2022, and Sunday, 13th March, 2022. The physical training program was conducted at the Government Hospital Gandhinagar, Jammu, by an eminent Faculty panel from IAPC which included (in alphabetical order) included Sr Hanife MacGamwell, Dr Naine Bhadrala, Sr Pooja Nagar, Dr Priyadarshini Kulkarni, Dr Puneet Rathore, Dr Rajesh Mahajan, Dr Rohit Lahori, Dr Shabnam Chaudary and Dr Sushma Bhatnagar.

Shri. Vivek Bhardwaj, IAS, Additional Chief Secretary, Health and Medical Education Department, Jammu and Kashmir, graced the inauguration as the Chief Guest, while, Dr Saleem Ur Rehman, Director General, Family Welfare, MCH and Immunization Jammu and Kashmir, and Director, Health Service, Jammu, also attended the inauguration. Dr Narinder Bhatial, Medical Superintendent, Government Hospital Gandhinagar, Jammu, and Dr Rohit Lahori, State Nodal Officer, NPPC, Jammu, were also present at the inauguration, which was covered by local media.

The 2.5 day training concluded after an enriching discussion in which queries were answered. Some of the feedback from the end of training was articulated as below:

“It was a program which was much needed in the State.. now our patients don’t have to travel long distances as I work in a very peripheral area.. we now have the confidence to take the right decisions.. we learnt so many wonderful concepts”.

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AIIMS Raipur in association with IAPC and NHM (Chattisgarh) successfully conducts a Foundation training program for in service doctors and nurses

AIIMS Raipur in association with the Indian Association of Palliative Care (IAPC) and the National Health Mission (NHM) Chattisgarh, trained 57 in service Doctors and Nurses from Chhattisgarh’s 27 districts (including remote PHCs) in the basics of Pain and Palliative Care between Monday, 21st March, 2022, and Friday, 25th March, 2022. The physical training program was conducted at the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS), Raipur.

The inauguration was attended by key dignitaries such as Dr Priyanka Shukla (IAS), Mission Director, National Health Mission, Chattisgarh; Dr Nitin M Nagarkar, Director, AIIMS, Raipur; Dr Kamlesh Jain from Directorate of Health Services, Chhattisgarh; Dr Shailendra Agarwal, NPPC, Chattisgarh; Dr S P Dhaneria, Dean, AIIMS Raipur, Dr Sushma Bhatnagar, President, IAPC.  .

Expert Faculty from across the country joined both virtually and physically to train participants on topics such as Pain and Symptom Management, Opioid pharmacology and its practical aspects, Communication Skills, Nursing Issues, etc.

The interactive and enriching 5 day foundation course in the basics of palliative care was the first ever such training organised in Chhattisgarh, and concluded with an assessment exam, with participants sharing feedback and with a group photograph.

“This training program will help facilitate a generalist Palliative Care approach to such centres and will help in establishing a model of Palliative Care in Chhattisgarh”, said Dr Avinash Twari, Palliative Medicine Physician, Department of Medical Oncology, AIIMS Raipur.

The need and impact of the training was also clearly articulated by a course participant from a tribal and remote area when they said:

“The concept of palliative care is very new to us.. This training program has been memorable.. We thank the officials for conducting such a program for us”.

Karunashraya in association with IAPC, trains 30 community volunteers

30 community volunteers were trained during February and March 2022, at Karunashraya, Bengaluru, in two batches. The first batch of the 16 hour virtual training was conducted on Saturday, 5th February, 2022, and Sunday, 6th February, 202; while the second batch of the 16 hour virtual training was conducted on Saturday, 12th March, 2022, and Sunday, 13th March, 2022.  

The 16-hour online certificate course for community volunteers was launched by Karunashraya Institute of Palliative Care Education and Research (KIPCER) as part of its academic activities. The program was conducted in collaboration with Indian Association of Palliative Care (IAPC) based on the World Health Organization approved curriculum. The training was provided by eminent faculties in the field of palliative care from various esteemed institutions across India such as the Indian Association of Palliative Care; JASCAP, Mumbai; Aster CMI, Bangalore; Caregiver Sathi, Mumbai; Pallium India, Trivandrum; Homi Bhaba Cancer Hospital and Research Institute, Visakhapatnam; and Sukoon Nilaya Palliative Care Center, Mumbai.

The organisers look forward to a face-to-face interaction with the course participants in the near future to take forward the volunteering activities.

Feedback as articulated by a course participant as below:

“I have always felt humbled by what Karunashraya does, but the sessions made me understand the true value of their work, and how that touches lives. Not only were the talks highly informative, the empathy exhibited by each of the speakers touched my heart. I am looking forward to volunteering and spreading awareness about palliative care.”

ELNEC successfully conducts core training at Dr B Borooah Cancer Institute, Guwahati

A three day ELNEC (End of Life Nursing Education Consortium) Core training program was organized for the Nurses of Kamrup (Metro) district, Assam, jointly by the Department of Palliative Medicine, Dr B Borooah Cancer Institute (BBCI), Guwahati, and Cipla Palliative Care & Training Center, between Friday, 25th February, 2022, and Sunday, 27th February, 2022. The ELNEC training was provided by American Association of Colleges of Nursing and City of Hope Medical Centre, California.

Sr Hanife MacGamwell, the lead trainer for ELNEC USA, participated as the main resource person in the training. Dr Amal Chandra Kataki, Director, BBCI, inaugurated the training program and emphasized the importance of training of Nurses to care for the terminally ill cancer patients. Dr Kabindra Bhagabati, Medical Officer, Dept. of Palliative Medicine, BBCI, encouraged participants to pursue palliative care nursing in their respective workplaces.

A total of 55 Staff Nurses and MSc students from various Institutes and Nursing Colleges of Kamrup (Metro) district participated in the training program. All cancer treating hospitals, representing both the Government sector and the private sector, from Kamrup (Metro) district also participated in this programme.

ELNEC courses provide nurses with education in palliative care to empower them to teach the information to practising nurses and other healthcare professionals. The ELNEC curriculum encompasses modules that also help towards improving the quality of Palliative care Nursing among nursing professionals.


Kasturba Hospital, Manipal, conducts an ‘Open House Discussion with the Experts’ on 4th March, 2022

The Kasturba Hospital, Manipal, conducted a one of a kind focused group discussion with renowned experts to simplify and clarify the nuances of the ethical, legal and moral obligations in managing patients with critical illness in a hospital setting on Friday, 4th March, 2022.

An eminent and stellar panel represented by Dr Rajkumar Mani (Director of Clinical Services, and Head, Critical Care Services and Pulmonology, Yashoda Superspeciality Hospital, New Delhi), Dr Rajesh Mohan Shetty (Chief, Clinical Services, and Head, Department of Critical Care Medicine,  Manipal Hospital Whitefield, Bengaluru), Dr Roop Gursahani (Senior Consultant, Neurologist and Epileptologist, PD Hinduja Hospital, Mumbai), Dr Srinagesh Simha (Medical Director, Karunashraya, Bengaluru) and Dr Dhvani Mehta (Lead, Health, Vidhi Center for Legal Policy, New Delhi), discussed topics such as High-risk discharge against Medical Advice, Critical Care Review Board, and the legality of withholding or withdrawing life sustaining treatments.  

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Indian Nursing Curriculum now includes a 20 hour mandatory module in Palliative Care

We are pleased to share that the Indian Nursing Council has recognised the need for training and continuing education in palliative care and has now introduced a 20 hour mandatory module on Palliative Care in the second year BSc Nursing curriculum.

An expert drafting committee represented by several stalwarts and champions from the field of Palliative Care drafted this curriculum which includes several components of palliative care nursing for incorporation into the existing curriculum.

The curriculum will include modules on Principles of Palliative care, Communications skills, Nursing care for controlling symptoms in palliative care patients, nursing procedures in palliative care and optimisation of care, along with a facilitators module.

We thank all those involved in this major feat for their consistent and untiring efforts to make this a reality and also congratulate the entire palliative care community for achieving this remarkable landmark.


RMD Pain and Palliative Care Trust, Chennai, trains 50 rural women in Nursing and Palliative Care

50 rural and underprivileged women over the age of 18, who have completed their 10th  standard or have dropped out of schools were trained for 6 months, under the General Duty Course under the Rural Poor Skill Development Project at RMD Specialities Hospital Sriperamathur.

The certificate course, affiliated to Tamil Nadu Open University, included both theory and practical aspects and was supported by Aspire System and Pearltri Foundation, RMD Academy for Health, as part of their skill development program. Those candidates who completed the course successfully were placed to work in various home health care services or even absorbed within RMD itself.


Update from IAPC ACADEMY

Report on activities in March

The IAPC Academy’s Online Lecture Series 4, on ‘Palliative Care Drugs’ continued this month, with four lectures being delivered in March. Series 4 will provide a total of 26 lectures, and be delivered primarily by Junior Residents of Palliative Medicine and moderated by a Faculty.

This lecture series aims to satiate the palliative care fraternity’s hunger for knowledge every monday morning between 6:30 a.m. and 7:30 a.m.

The first presentation for the month was a fantastic presentation on ‘Tramadol and Codeine’ delivered by Dr Alice Thankachan and moderated by Dr Prashant Sirohiya. The next session was a comprehensive presentation on ‘Tapentadol and Dextropropoxyphenedelivered by Dr Mayur Ghoghari and moderated by Dr Bhavna Patel. The third session in the March series, was an excellent presentation on ‘Morphine’, delivered by Dr Prajakta Bhagat and moderated by Dr Prasun P. The last lecture in March was an interesting presentation on ‘Fentanyl’ delivered by Dr Revathy Vijayakumar and moderated by Dr Swati Bhan.

We thank our speakers and the moderators for sharing their time and expertise to enrich the knowledge of the palliative care’s community.

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Sessions planned for April

We invite you to join us for the sessions organised for April 2022.