From the President’s Desk

Dear Friends,

Dr. Sushma Bhatnagar

On behalf of the IAPC, I express my heartfelt gratitude to all those IAPC members who exercised their vote during the recently concluded IAPC’s virtual elections to choose the IAPC’s new leadership. I hereby acknowledge each and everyone for continuing to keep faith and confidence with the IAPC. The new committee pledges to work harder towards developing our country’s palliative care and make palliative care accessible to those in need of such services. The IAPC’s newly elected governance body is committed to achieving this goal, as it is our collective dream to propel the progress of palliative care activities in our country.

I would like to extend my warm gratitude to Team Shankar Mahadevan Academy Nirvana (SMA Nirvana) for providing our patients and their families with a virtual evening of Harmonies ‘Singing for the Stars’. Thank you SMA Nirvana, for putting a smile on the face of our patients’ and their families.

February, for IAPC, is a busy month as it is packed with events.

I request all the IAPC members to please register for the IAPC’s upcoming virtual Annual General Body Meeting scheduled to be held on Saturday, 12th February, 2022, between 11:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. Please note that pre-registration is mandatory, failing which participation in the upcoming AGBM is not possible, as the login credentials will be sent to the pre-registered email address. Please click here to register for the same. The registration link is also available on the IAPC website.

The much-awaited academic extravaganza, the 29th International Conference of Indian Association of Palliative Care, IAPCON 2022 will be held from 11th to 13th February, 2022, with pre-conference workshops scheduled for Thursday, 10th February 2022. I urge those who are yet to register for the conference to do so immediately. Once registered you will have the opportunity to participate in several interesting events such as the energy packed IAPC’s Annual Quiz, the adrenaline filled IAPC debate, or the innovative and creative Expressions event along with a host of other workshops and sessions.  Please click here for further details about the virtual conference. I congratulate the organizing committee of IAPCON 2022, led by Dr Anjum Joad Khan for all their efforts towards making the conference unique. The detailed update about the conference in this edition of the newsletter also features an interview from Dr Anjum Khan, herself.

We are also excited to announce that Series 4 of IAPC Academy’s online Lectures is scheduled to commence  on Monday, 14th February, 2022, and will deliver a total of 26 lectures every Monday morning between 6:30 a.m. and 7:30 a.m. The series will conclude on Monday, 8th August, 2022. Series 4 will focus on the clinical pharmacology of the commonly used drugs in a palliative care setting and its application in clinical practice. This series will be primarily delivered by Junior Residents and moderated by Faculty. Click Here for further details about the IAPC Academy’s Lecture Series 4.

We are also pleased to announce the launch of a new academic program by the IAPC Academy. The first batch of the much awaited course for pharmacists, ‘The Certificate Course in Palliative Care Pharmacy’, will be conducted virtually on Sunday, 27th February, 2022. I request you to encourage pharmacists, doctors and nurses from centers procuring, storing and dispensing opioids to enroll their staff to join this course. Please click here for further details about this program.  

We are excited to welcome the new batch of students from the MD in Palliative Medicine program and the students from the first batch of DNB Palliative Medicine, who will be joining the respective courses shortly. It is heartwarming and reassuring to know that over the coming years, India will have an empowered group of young doctors ready to serve the country after completing their post-graduation training in Palliative Medicine!

Let’s not forget that we all are going through a tough time. The Omicron has been spreading all over the country and many of our colleagues and family members are either ill or overcoming the after effects of the illness. Please be safe and continue to adhere to the control measures.

Warm Regards,

Dr. Sushma Bhatnagar
President, IAPC