Education and Training

Apply before 25th November, 2022, for the IAPC’s course on ‘Managing Psychosocial issues of patients with chronic illnesses in Palliative Care settings’

Applications are invited for the IAPC’s course onManaging Psychosocial issues of patients with chronic illnesses in Palliative Care settings’. The virtual course will be delivered over a week in December (3 hours over weekends; 2 hours over weekdays) between Sunday, 4th December, 2022, and Saturday, 10th December, 2022 (both dates included).

The course aims to facilitate participants to understand the psychosocial and spiritual issues that impact the quality of life of patients with chronic illness and their families. This course will further equip participants with the basic skills required to counsel and communicate with patients / caregivers in such situations.

Doctors (MBBS or BDS), Nurses (BSc Nursing or GNM), Counsellors and Social Workers (BSc or MSc in Psychology or an MSW or a Diploma in Counselling) are eligible to apply for the course.

For further details and to apply for the program, please click here.

450 candidates successfully participate in the IAPC’s CCEPC exam conducted on 1st October, 2022

We are delighted to share that 339 doctors and 111 nurses participated in the IAPC’s 5th online batch examination of the Certificate Course in Essentials in Palliative Care (CCEPC). The online exam was conducted from 38 centers across the country, on Saturday, 1st October, 2022, between 10 a.m. and 12 p.m.

The online examination went on smoothly and without any major technical glitches, as it was conducted using an examination platform designed and gifted to the IAPC, at no cost by TCS India. 

Excerpts from the testimonials shared by the examination centers regarding the online examination as below:

“All candidates finished the examination without any glitches”
“Everything is going well here at our center.”

The results from the examination will be announced shortly.

Thank you TCS iON, for developing and gifting us this online examination platform. Without your untiring efforts and commitment, our dream of training so many people in Palliative Care would have remained a dream!

Apply before 5th November, 2022, to participate in the Bruce Davis Gold Medal Examination 2022

The last date to apply for the Bruce Davis Gold Medal Examination 2022, has been extended to allow for young physicians to apply for the Bruce Davis Gold Medal Examination, 2022.

The Bruce Davis Gold Medal Examination was launched by the Institute of Palliative Medicine (IPM), Kozhikode, India, in 2005, with an aim to improve awareness about palliative care among young doctors in India.

Doctors who appear for their final MBBS examination in the current year (2022) and those who have successfully completed MBBS not earlier than 2017 from any recognized Medical College in India are eligible to apply for this examination. For those candidates undergoing MD in Palliative Medicine, only those who have joined for the course after NEET PG 2021 are eligible to apply.

The winner of the final examination will be awarded the Bruce Davis Gold Medal in Palliative Medicine, a citation and cash award of Rs. 25,000/-.

Please click here to register and participate in the online screening test. The first five ranks from the online screening test will be invited for the final examination which will be held at IPM. Please write to for further information about this.

Register and apply before Saturday, 5th November, 2022, to participate in this examination.

Applications invited for Pallium India and ECHO’s ‘Foundation Course in Palliative Nursing’

Register for the Trivandrum Institute of Palliative Sciences (TIPS), Pallium India and the ECHO (Extension for Community Healthcare Outcomes) International’s upcoming virtual ‘Foundation Course in Palliative Nursing’ (FCPN) for Nurses.

The course aims to provide training to candidates in pain management and palliative care.

The 18 session course is scheduled to be launched on Monday, 14th November, 2022, and conclude on Monday, 16th January, 2023. The virtual course will be delivered via Zoom every Monday and Thursday (except on public holidays) between 3:00 p.m. and 4:30 p.m. (IST).

BSc Nursing candidates, ANM, GNM, Diploma in Nursing and students in 4th / final year degree Nursing are eligible to apply for the course.

 Please click here for further information about the course and click here to register for this course.

Apply before 15th November, 2022, for the one year Clinical Fellowship in Pediatric Palliative Medicine

Offered jointly by BJ Wadia Hospital for Children, Mumbai, and the Two Worlds Cancer Collaboration

Applications are invited for the One Year Clinical Fellowship in Pediatric Palliative Medicine offered by BJ Wadia Hospital for Children, Mumbai in collaboration with Two Worlds Cancer Collaboration.

The course is scheduled to begin on Monday, 9th January, 2023, and conclude on Friday, 5th January, 2024. The program is designed to provide a comprehensive subspeciality training in Pediatric Palliative Care. The Fellowship is endorsed by the Royal College of Pediatrics and Child Health (UK). The program includes clinical rotations at BJ Wadia, as well as other local palliative care programs at partner organizations. The fellowship also incorporates regular clinical assessments, case-based discussions, research presentations, written reflection, and a final written and viva examination.

Those with a MD and or a DNB in Pediatrics or a DCH are eligible to apply for the course. Candidates holding a postgraduate degree in another clinical specialty, should clearly mention how their past work / experience would ensure that they have adequate knowledge in pediatrics to participate in this fellowship. Please also note that interested candidates should have or will have to apply for a MMC (Maharashtra Medical Council) registration at the time of submitting the application.

Please reach out to Dr Smriti Khanna at, before Tuesday, 15th November, 2022, for further information and to access the application form.

Applications being accepted for the International ‘Fellowship In Palliative Care, 2023’ offered jointly by IPM, SPCP, St Christopher’s and BSMMU

Appy before Thursday, 15th December, 2022, to participate in the next batch of theFellowship in Palliative Care’, which is an advanced course run by the Institute of Palliative Medicine (IPM), India, in partnership with the Sanjeevan Palliative Care Project (SPCP), Pondicherry, India, St Christopher’s Hospice, London, United Kingdom and the Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib Medical University (BSMMU), Bangladesh.

The six month course is designed as a distance education program with contact sessions based on principles of adult learning. The program aims to create a group of palliative care workers with an in-depth knowledge of core issues in organising palliative care at the grassroot level and helping them to be well versed with the recent advances and challenges in palliative care and community participation regionally, nationally, and globally. The course covers foundations, concepts, skills in organising and managing palliative care services and application of these in local situations faced by the participants.

Clinical staff or program managers / coordinators or community volunteers are eligible to apply.

The program has also won the Leadership Award by the European Association of Palliative Care (EAPC) & European Palliative Care Academy (EUPCA) in 2021 for it’s outstanding leadership capacity building programme worldwide.

Please click here to read the course brochure.  

Please write to for the application form or for further details/clarifications.

Register for e Cancer’s virtual course ‘Choosing Wisely Oncology: South Asia’

The e-Cancer’s new e learning tool, ‘Choosing Wisely Oncology: South Asia’ is now open for registrations. The team at e Cancer share that this e-learning resource is based on the global initiative of ‘Choosing Wisely’, which was established to identify low-value or potentially harmful practices which needs to be discouraged relevant to the global cancer health-care system and to positively encourage best clinical practice. This module includes an interactive overview of the Choosing Wisely recommendations that have been published by the oncology community in India with guidelines published by the National Cancer Grid of India.

The Module also provides an overview of the best practice in the use of real world data and how guidelines can be translated into clinical practice in resource limited settings.

Please click here for further information and to register for the course.

3-day ELNEC program conducted successfully at Homi Bhabha Cancer Hospital and Research Centre, Vishakapatnam

The Homi Bhabha Cancer Hospital and Research Centre (HBCHRC), Vishakapatnam, Andhra Pradesh, in partnership with the End-of-life Nursing Education Consortium (ELNEC), conducted a 3-day ELNEC program at HBCHRC, between Monday, 10th October, 2022 and Wednesday, 12th October, 2022. The program was supported by Cipla palliative care and training center, Pune.

A total of 39 Nurses participated in the program. The participants included twenty nurses deputed by the State Government, nurses from oncology centres in the city, nurses from some State and city institutions and from HBCHRC.

The 3-day interactive sessions aimed to educate the participants on the principles and practices of palliative care and empower them to provide quality care for patients with advanced illness at their end of life. The nurses were trained on an array of topics right from introducing them to palliative care to more advanced topics of communication skills, pain assessment and its management, symptoms management and End-of-life care.    

The training was delivered by an expert Faculty group from across the country and was represented by Sr Hanife MacGamwell (Nursing Education Coordinator, IAPC and ELNEC India), Ms Sangeeta (Nursing Tutor, Karunashraya, Bengaluru), Sr. Cassandra Sequeira (Nursing Faculty, Government College of Nursing, Goa) and Br Sudip Rudra Paul (Palliative Care Nurse, Dr B Borooah Cancer Institute).

On day 2 of the training program, the nurses also learnt from the sharing of experiences of 6 caregivers.

Update from IAPC Academy

Report on activities in October

The IAPC Academy’s Online Lecture Series 5 concluded in October, with the delivery of three presentations in October.

The first lecture in October was an excellent presentation onManuscript Writing delivered by Dr Jenifer Jeba S. The next lecture was a comprehensive lecture on ‘Use of Reference Managers’ presented by Ms Vasumathi Sriganesh. Series 5 concluded with Dr Shirley Salin’s riveting presentation on ‘Quality improvement in Health Care’.

With the completion of Series 5, a total of 113 lectures have been delivered collectively from Series 1, 2, 3, 4 and 5.

We sincerely thank our faculty for sharing their time and expertise with us during these lectures and for further enriching the collective knowledge of our palliative care fraternity.

Please click here to access recordings of their sessions.

After a one week break, the IAPC Academy’s Online Lecture Series 6 began on Monday, 31st October, 2022. In this series, a total of 35 lectures will be delivered by students of MD and DNB in Palliative Medicine from across the country and moderated by a Faculty from their respective center.

Series 6 is designed to feature five sections, which aims to revise the fundamental concepts and advances in symptom control in palliative care, palliative care in special cases and common team and management issues.

Please click here to view the schedule and for further information about Series 6.

Dr Shunmugha Priya IC delivered a fantastic first lecture of the series on ‘POCUS in Palliative Care’. The session was ably moderated by Dr Sushma Bhatnagar.

Sessions planned for November

We invite you to join us for the lectures scheduled in November from Series 6. Details below: