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Tamil Nadu is putting all its efforts to integrate palliative care into their healthcare system. They are now training their nurses from five districts. These nurses, being the most vital members in a multidisciplinary team, are here at our Trivandrum Institute of Palliative Sciences (TIPS) for the six weeks course which began on May 15.
We thank Tamil Nadu NHM mission director Dr Darez Ahmed IAS, Dr Jerard M Selvam DD (NCD), Dr Jayashree (State Program Co-ordinator -NPPC), Dr Abhijith Jose (Consultant) and the entire team for this initiative and for setting a model for all other states.
In an article titled “Dubious conferences put the ‘pose’ in ‘symposium’”, Dr Reuben writes that it is not easy to “spot the difference between a real conference and a fake one” and that early career scientist might fall for this trap, thinking it might benefit them.
The “invited” speaker who has already paid a registration fee, would be informed that “oops!—the conference had been canceled for one reason or another, but darn it all, those registration fees just couldn’t be refunded.” A “predatory conference” can even attach your name and affiliation to itself, hoping to appeal to more attendees.
“Not all conferences are worthwhile,” Dr Reuben concludes, “But feel free to let invitations to speak at them boost your ego – even if they’re not legitimate, at least someone thinks you’re worth scamming.”
Let us thank Dr. Ann Broderick, our volunteer coordinator of international visitors and a friend of Indian palliative care from Iowa, USA, for encouraging our team to take on this course.
For more information on CAPC courses, see https://www.capc.org/
An energetic team under Dr Satvinder Singh Bakshi, Associate Professor, Department of ENT and Dr R.Kannan, Asso Professor, Dept. of Surgery in Mahatma Gandhi Medical College & Research Institute (MGMCRI) set up a stall for supporting charity and volunteering work for the students of MGMCRI.
“I’ve been a volunteer. I wanted to do something that I could be proud of, something that would help me as well as other people. I felt very good working in the stall”, said Ananya, 1st year medical student.
The response for the stall was amazing. The participating students and faculty of SPECTRA 2K18 appreciated the good steps taken up by the students for capacity building, humanitarian and sharing concerns.
There were handmade crafts, hand painted umbrellas, and T-shirts for sale. They also arranged sales for items donated by MGMCRI students and faculty. Lots of fun games were also conducted.
Final Year student Vignesh said, “Volunteering in the shop has certainly provided me with a strong insight into what shop work is like and I was surprised to find how much I really enjoy doing it.”
The money they have raised will be used for supporting poor patients, their volunteering works in various orphanages and old age homes and for creating awareness regarding palliative care treatment for the needy.
“We are so proud to see these kind of self-driven compassionate activities from students,” said Dr Uma Narayanamoorthy, Asst. Prof. in Pharmacology, a faculty volunteer in the stall.
“We are planning to scale up the activities in the future. Let our students be role models for other medical colleges,” said Prof. M. Ravisankar, Dean, MGMCRI. Dr Partha Nandi, Vice Principal (Student Affairs) of MGMCRI congratulated the students for their effort.
Pallium India congratulates the teachers and students of SBV for organizing this event and we look forward to more such initiatives.