Education and Training

Register now for the ‘IAPC’s Certificate Course in Palliative Care for Volunteers (VCCPC)’

We invite you to apply for the maiden batch of the ‘IAPC’s Certificate Course in Palliative Care for Volunteers (VCCPC)’, which will be launched on Saturday, 29th October, 2022. The online program will be one of the IAPC’s initiatives, towards creating a compassionate community.

Each batch will be delivered in two components: a virtual and theoretical ‘Part A’, and an in-person practical ‘Part B’. Candidates will need to complete both the components to become eligible to receive the course completion certificate.

The 16 hour ‘Part A’ of the course will be delivered as half day sessions between 9 a.m. and 1 p.m. over two weekends in October (29th and 30th October, 2022), and over two weekends in November (5th and 6th November, 2022).

Successful completion of ‘Part A’ will allow candidates to proceed to the ‘Part B’ of the program, a 16-hour observership in a palliative care unit.

Individuals who can commit, who have the time, and are willing to offer their services in palliative care facilities are requested to apply for the program as only 30 candidates can be accommodated per batch.

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


Attention Palliative Medicine residents: Enrol for a free ECHO series on Pediatric Palliative Care

The Hyderabad Center for Palliative Care, the Two Worlds Cancer Collaboration and the Academy of Palliative Medicine (a constituent unit of the Indian Association of Palliative Care) are jointly offering a free online ECHO series on Pediatric Palliative Care specifically for physicians enrolled in post-graduate training programs in palliative medicine, including residents and fellows. This is the first such course rolled out by the Academy of Palliative Medicine. 

This program is specifically focused on the learning needs of palliative medicine residents, to provide them with skills to address the concerns of children living with life-limiting illnesses and their families. Serious illnesses include cancer as well as neonatal conditions, genetic and metabolic diseases, congenital conditions, and neurological conditions (including cerebral palsy).

The annual program will consist of 25 teaching sessions in two parts combined with asynchronous course work between the interactive online sessions on Zoom. The program will also include reviews and assessment annually through surveys and interviews with participants and faculty. Part 1 of this series will present 12 sessions every Wednesday between 7:30 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. starting from Wednesday, 14th September, 2022. The Part 2 of the series will present 13 sessions, every Wednesday, scheduled to start in early 2023. The course participants are expected to spend an hour preparing for each session, by watching a 20 minute video and reviewing reference materials. Each session will include interactive case discussion and interaction with the faculty members. 

For more information on this program or for any assistance, please write to Ms Rizwana Hussain (Course Administrator/Coordinator) at ppcecho@gmail.com


40 candidates successfully trained in the ‘IAPC’s Course in Palliative Care – Physiotherapy Interface’, on 10th September, 2022

The second online batch of the IAPC’s ‘Course in the Physiotherapy – Palliative Care Interface’ was conducted successfully on Saturday, 10th September, 2022, between 2:00 p.m. and 5:45 p.m.. The course was conducted to commemorate ‘World Physiotherapist Day’ celebrated globally on Thursday, 8th September, 2022.

40 candidates (Physiotherapists, Doctors and Nurses) were empowered on how physiotherapy can complement in the provisioning of quality palliative care. Physiotherapists were sensitized about the palliative care needs of patients, to motivate them towards ensuring that palliative care patients have access to physiotherapy. The doctors and nurses were sensititzed about the benefits of integrating physiotherapy in their routine practice, so that every patient benefits from functional improvement and rehabilitation.

The half day interactive session was delivered by expert faculty from AIIMS, New Delhi, and the Cancer Institute, Chennai.

Testimonial received from the session as below:

“It has been a very informative session. Would love to have more such sessions in the future.”
“Thank you for organizing such a wonderful and informative course with such knowledgeable speakers. It helped us alot which in return will help us treat our patients better”

30 Pharmacists successfully trained in the ‘IAPC’s Certificate Course in Palliative Care Pharmacy (CCPCP)’, on 25th September, 2022

The IAPC commemorated ‘World Pharmacist Day’ on Sunday, 25th September, 2022, by conducting the revamped second online batch of the IAPC’s ‘Certificate Course in Essentials of Palliative Care Pharmacy’. 30 Pharmacists from across the country participated in the ‘Part A’ module of the course held between 9:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m.

The two-part course is designed to empower candidates with adequate knowledge of commonly used drugs in Palliative Care for pain management and to manage other symptoms. The candidates who attended the course on Sunday, 25th September, 2022, were also empowered with knowledge of the Essential Narcotic Drugs and Narcotic Drugs, along with the technical legalities to procure, store, dispense and document the same as per the NDPS Act.

The 30 candidates will now proceed to participate in the in-person 2.5-hour ‘Part B’ module of the course for hands-on training.

Excerpts from participant feedback as below:

“Thank you very much for creating and conducting such a good platform for the pharmacists. I have been working as a pharmacist for the past 37 years, and I have been in-charge of narcotics for the past 20 years. This course was the first of it’s kind for us and it was very helpful for me.”
“All the Faculty were dedicated, the presentations were illustrative and there was good value for time”

Apply for the 1 year Post-Doctoral Fellowship Program in Palliative Medicine, offered by Sri Aurbindo University, Indore

The Sri Aurobindo University, Indore, Madhya Pradesh, is inviting applications for their 1 year full time residential Post-Doctoral Fellowship program in Palliative Medicine.

The program aims to empower and foster palliative medicine specialists by equipping them with clinical knowledge and professional skills. The high quality practical training will include hands-on practical knowledge transfer which will be complemented by formal teaching and research activities.

Candidates with a MBBS + MD in either General Medicine / Anesthesia / Peadiatrics/ Geriatric Medicine / Physical medicine and Rehabilitation / Radiotherapy / Psychiatry / Family Medicine or equivalent, are eligible to apply for the fellowship.

Candidates will also receive a stipend as per the University norm. For further information please write to office@sriaurobindouniversity.edu.in or call 0731-4788900.


50 students of Sri Guru Ram Das University of Health Sciences, Amritsar, sensitised about the ‘Role of Nutrition in Palliative Care’ on 3rd September, 2022

Dr Harjot Singh (In-charge, Sri Guru Ram Das Hospice) and Dr Paramjot Bindra (Co-In-charge, Sri Guru Ram Das Hospice) once again capitalised on the opportunity to create awareness about palliative care, during the symposium on ‘Maternal Health and Child Care Nutrition’, organised at the Sri Guru Ram Das University of Health Sciences (SGRDUHS), Amritsar, on Saturday, 3rd September, 2022. The symposium was organised to celebrate National Nutrition Week.

The symposium which aimed to enlighten students about the importance of diet and nutrition was attended by 50 students of MSc Nutrition and Dietetics from SGRDUHS, and MSc from Lovely Professional University, along with faculty from both institutions.  

The event was organised by the Department of Clinical Nutrition and Dietetics, Sri Guru Ram Das Charitable Hospital, under the guidance of Dr AP Singh (Dean, Sri Guru Ram Das University of Health Sciences, Amritsar) who is a strong supporter of Palliative Care.

Dr Harjot shares, “We try to create awareness and sensitise people at every opportunity to help  integrate palliative medicine / care in everyday practice across disciplines. This session was one such opportunity. We also leveraged the CME organised on Wednesday, 27th July to commemorate World Head and Neck Cancer Day to talk about the role of palliative care in head and neck cancer”.


ELNEC India trains 45 Nurses in palliative care at Sir Ganga Ram Hospital, New Delhi, between 6th and 9th September, 2022

The End-of-Life Nursing Education Consortium (ELNEC) India, conducted a successful 3-day, in-person, core training program for 45 Nurses of Sir Ganga Ram Hospital, New Delhi. This 3-day training was conducted at the hospital between Tuesday, 6th September, 2022, and Friday, 9th September, 2022.

Sr Hanife MacGamwell (Nursing Education Coordinator, IAPC and ELNEC India) highlighted ELNEC’s special connection with the Department of Palliative Care at Sir Ganga Ram Hospital, New Delhi, since two of their nurse coordinators, Ms Monica and Ms Sunita, were from the first batch of ELNEC training in India in 2017. She went on to add that the remarkable work of these two nurses with Dr. Veronique (Consultant and Head, Pediatric Palliative & Supportive Care Unit, Bai Jerbai Wadia Hospital for Children, Mumbai), and now with Dr. Bimla Sharma (Head, Department of Palliative Medicine, Sir Ganga Ram Hospital, New Delhi) has been touching many hearts, supporting many families and truly helping the patients and their caregivers be able to see the glimpses of light in their lives as they go through their journey with these loving, caring people.

Ms Monica and Ms Sunita’s participation as Faculty in this program was a proud moment for the Sir Ganga Ram Hospital Team and the ELNEC team. Other faculty included Sr. Govindi Chauhan (Deputy Nursing Superintendent, Dr B.R.A IRCH, AIIMS, New Delhi), Sr Nileema Shingade (Senior Nursing Officer, Dr B.R.A, IRCH, AIIMS, New Delhi) and Sr. Hanife MacGamwell.

It was seen that participants from different departments had made good improvement between their pre and post test scores as well as in their attitude towards Palliative Care in patient care.


The Max Institute of Cancer Care organises an ‘Opioids Awareness Workshop’ on 13th September, 2022

The Division of Pain and Palliative Medicine at Max Institute of Cancer Care, had organised an ‘Opioids Awareness Workshop’ on Tuesday, 13th September, 2022, at Max Hospital, Vaishali, to commemorate the pain awareness month and patient safety week.

The hybrid workshop was attended by 50 in-person delegates and 20 delegates logging in virtually.

Dr Gaurav Chanana (Senior Consultant, Max Hospital Saket) welcomed the audience and shared the objectives of the webinar. Dr Sushma Bhatnagar (President, IAPC; Chief, IRCH, AIIMS and Head, NCI, Jhajjar) then introduced the concept of palliative medicine. This was followed by Mr Ashish Arya’s (Senior Quality Nurse, Max Super Speciality Hospital, Vaishali) presentation on the ‘Role of Nurses’ and Ms Saroja Gangiah’s (Senior Pharmacist, Kidwai Memorial Institute of Oncology, Bengaluru) presentation on ‘Role of Pharamcists’. Dr Brajesh Kumar Ratre (Assistant Professor, AIIMS, New Delhi) then shed light on the amended NDPS Act while Mr Ajitabh Thomas (Senior Manager, Nursing Quality and Education team, Max Health Care) presented a few pointers about Max’s In house opioids policy. The session ended with an open house discussion led by Dr Megha Pruthi (Senior Consultant, Pain and Palliative Medicine, Max Hospital, Vaishali) in which practical problems related to opioid prescription, indent, documentation, administration and disposal were addressed and constructive suggestions to improve current practices were shared. 

Dr Sandeep Budhiraja (Group Medical Director, Max Healthcare Care), Dr Gaurav Agarwal (Senior Vice President, Operations, Max Super Speciality Hospital, Vaishali ), Dr Nidhi M Dev (Medical Superintendent, Max Super Speciality Hospital, Vaishali), Ms Devarati Majumdar (Director & Chief, Pharmacy, Max Health Care), Mr Amit Wadhwa (Assistant General Manager, IT, Max Health Care), Col Binu Sharma (Senior Director, Nursing, Max Health Care), Ms Rosamma (Chief Nursing Officer, Max Super Speciality Hospital, Vaishali) graced the occasion with their esteemed presence.


TRIHMS sensitises 200 students and faculty in the basics of Palliative Care on 20th September, 2022

Dr Tashi Chotton (State Nodal Officer, National Program for Palliative Care), on behalf of the Tomo Riba Institute of Health and Medical Sciences (TRIHMS), Arunachal Pradesh, sensitised 200 students and their faculty in the basics of palliative care on Tuesday, 20th September, 2022.

The in-person sensitisation session was held at the Doimukh Government College, Arunachal Pradesh. The session was organised by the Arunachal Cancer Welfare Society in collaboration with the Tomo Riba Institute of Health and Medical Sciences, the NSS Doimukh Government College and the blood bank of TRIHMS.

The 2 hour sensitisation session included creating awareness about palliative care and the importance of voluntary blood donation.

At the end of the sensitisation session, a primary caregiver of a patient suffering from End Stage Renal Disease, who was in the audience, thanked the team for organising this very important session and highlighted how things could have been different for the better and made a positive impact in caring for his loved one, had they used palliative care services earlier.

Ms Daisy Eron Mijiji Ragi (Mrs Arunachal Pradesh), the brand ambassador for cancer awareness programme in the region, also joined the staff and students by participating in the program.


Over 150 people sensitised on Palliative Care jointly by the Dr BBCI, Guwahati, Assam, and Shanti Nursing Home, Siliguri, on 24th September, 2022

Dr B Barooah Cancer Institute (Dr BBCI), Guwahati, and Shanti Nursing Home (SNH), Siliguri, jointly conducted a conclave ‘Preparing for the start of a new journey in Chronic illness’, an awareness session on palliative care, at Inspiria Knowledge Campus, Siliguri, West Bengal, on Saturday, 24th September, 2022.

The event was organised in acknowledgment of the region’s ageing population and the presence of a high prevalence of advanced cancer patients. The event organisers therefore felt that there was an urgent need for Palliative Care services which are scarcely available or understood by the majority in the region.

 The event was the team’s maiden effort to create awareness especially among primary caregivers and informal carers. An approx. 150 people including caregivers, clinicians, medical administrators, NGO’s, nurses, volunteers, social workers and others from the region participated in the program, with over 15 of them motivated to take this forward.

Dr Amal Chandra Kataki (Director, Dr BBCI, Guwahati) was the Guest of Honour at the event. Dr Rajagopal (Chairman, Pallium India) delivered his Keynote address virtually, and Dr Sushma Bhatnagar (President, IAPC; Chief, IRCH, AIIMS and Head, NCI, Jhajjar), delivered a session on ‘Importance of palliative care in chronic illness’. Dr Pankaj Chowdhary (Consultant Clinical Oncologist, SNH, Palliative Care Physician), was instrumental in organising and coordinating the event.


The KSSSCI, Lucknow, and KGMU, Lucknow, jointly train 52 Nurses / Paramedics in Palliative Care and Cancer Pain Management

The Department of Palliative Care, Kalyan Singh Super Speciality Cancer Institute (KSSSCI), Lucknow, in affiliation with the Pain Unit, Department of Anesthesiology, King George’s Medical University (KGMU) trained 52 Nurses and paramedics in palliative care and cancer pain management, in batches between Saturday, 23rd July, 2022, and Saturday, 13th August, 2022. 

These in-person training sessions and workshops were conducted for 3 hours, every Saturday, for 4 weeks at KSSSCI, Lucknow.

Participants were trained in a wide array of topics right from Introducing the concept of palliative care to more advanced topics such as wound care, ostomies care, cancer pain management and end of life care.

The participants also included students from other centers such as the Sanjay Gandhi Postgraduate Institute of Medical Sciences, the Panacea Hospital and Research Centre and the Community Health Officers from the National Health Mission, Govt. of Uttar Pradesh.

The participants will receive their certificate of course completion on Friday, 7th October, 2022, during the center’s World Hospice and Palliative Care Day celebrations


Update from IAPC Academy

Report on activities in September

The palliative care community was privy to 4 lectures in September, as part of the IAPC Academy’s online lecture series 5.

The September series kicked off with a riveting presentation on ‘Developing a Research Question’, by Dr Jayita Deodhar. Next was a very articulate presentation on ‘How to write a research protocol’ presented by Dr Arun Ghoshal. The third session in the month was a fantastic presentation on ‘Research Design – Quantitative and Qualitative and Mixed’ presented by Dr Fiona Rawlinson. The last session for the month was an interesting presentation on ‘Genomic Research in Pain Medicine’ delivered by Dr Mahadev Rao.

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

Please click here to access recordings of the sessions.

Sessions planned for October

The IAPC Academy’s Online Lecture Series 5 will conclude successfully on Monday, 17th October, 2022.

With the completion of Series 5, we are happy to share that 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.

We invite you to join us for the three interesting lectures from Series 5. Details below:

IAPC Academy’s online Lecture Series 6 announced!

We are very excited to announce the IAPC Academy’s Online Lecture Series 6. Series 6 is designed to feature five sections.

  • Section 1: Basic concepts in Palliative Care
  • Section 2: Symptom Control in Palliative Care
  • Section 3: Palliative Care for Special Groups
  • Section 4: Palliative Care in special situations
  • Section 5: Teams and Management issues

Series 6 will encompass a total of 35 lectures, delivered every Monday morning between 6:30 a.m. and 7:30 a.m.. Series 6 is scheduled to commence on Monday, 31st October, 2022, and conclude on Monday 26th June, 2023. 

This series 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.

The complete schedule of Series 6 will be launched shortly. We invite you to join us for the October Lecture in Series 6.