Education and Training

The Cancer Institute Adyar, Chennai, is now accredited to offer DNB Palliative Medicine

We are pleased to announce that the Cancer Institute Adyar, Chennai, is now recognised to offer DNB in Palliative Medicine.

The 3 year DNB Palliative Medicine training program will create an opportunity for specialist palliative medicine training in India to augment and bridge the need for specialist palliative medicine workforce in India.

The Cancer Institute (WIA), is a public charitable voluntary institute and a comprehensive cancer centre comprising of a hospital of 535 beds, a research division, a college of oncological sciences and a division of preventive oncology and provides state of art treatment to one and all.

On this momentous occasion, Dr Kalpana Balakrishnan, Professor and Head, Department of Anaesthesiology, Pain and Palliative care, Adyar Cancer Institute, Chennai, shares, “I thank Dr Sushma Bhatnagar, President, IAPC, for being in the forefront with the application process and for also coming to visit our institute personally for accreditation inspection”, to which Dr Bhatnagar shared “This year we are targeting to begin offering DNB in PM in a minimum of 10 institutions, and MD in PM in a minimum of 5 institutions. All the best to everyone who are planning to start MD or DNB in PM”.

DNB in Palliative Medicine is being offered currently at 5 other centers across the country namely, Max Saket Hospital, New Delhi, Ganga Ram Hospital, New Delhi, The Indo American Cancer Centre, Hyderabad, MNJ Institute of Oncology, Hyderabad and Aster CMI Hospital, Bengaluru.

Congratulations Team Cancer Institute Adyar!


Successful conduct of the first batch of the IAPC’s Certificate Course in Palliative Care Pharmacy (CCPCP)

61 participants logged in virtually, nevertheless enthusiastically, to participate in the theory component (Part A) of the first batch of the IAPC Academy’s new course ‘Certificate Course in Palliative Care Pharmacy’ on Sunday, 27th February, 2022 between 9:00 a.m. and 2:45 p.m..

The basic course aimed to equip participants with adequate knowledge of commonly used drugs in Palliative Care for pain management and to manage other symptoms. The course also covered Essential Narcotic Drugs and Narcotic Drugs, along with the technical legalities to procure, store, dispense and document the same.

The much awaited course was conducted with support from expert Faculty from various institutions from across the country.

Participants will now need to complete the hands-on practical Part B module at one the IAPC authorised course centers for this program.

Course participants articulated the success of the course as below:

"A big thank you to the IAPC team for taking this initiative to educate the Pharmacists on ENDs, and highlight the Role of Pharmacists in Palliative Care”
“Thank you so much for this valuable information”

IAPC Academy to soon launch several exciting new courses / webinars

The IAPC Academy is working towards launching several new online certificate courses towards empowering different cadres of the palliative care workforce. The different courses are as below:

  • Certificate Course in Physiotherapy for Palliative Care
  • Online one day training in palliative care for Specialists in Gynaecologic Oncology
  • Role of Specialist Interventions in Palliative Care

The new courses will be announced shortly.


Update from IAPC ACADEMY

Report on activities in February

The IAPC Academy’s Online Lecture Series 4, on ‘Palliative Care Drugs’ began on Monday, 14th February, 2022, after a two week break. Series 4 will provide a total of 26 lectures, and will be delivered primarily by Junior Residents of Palliative Medicine and moderated by Faculty.

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

The series began with a fantastic presentation on ‘Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs’, which was delivered by Dr Karanvir Singh Matharoo and moderated by Dr Anuja Pandit. The next session, ‘Opioids 1’ was delivered in a comprehensive manner by Dr Kikato Chishi and moderated by Dr Bhavna Patel. The baton was finally taken over by Dr Shreya Nair as she delivered the last session of February on ‘Opioids 2’ which was moderated by Dr Jyothsna Kuriakose.  

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

Please click here to access recordings of their sessions.

Sessions planned for March

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