An important initiative was launched on 29 June 2020 by the Indian Association of Palliative Care (IAPC).
There are three institutions offering a postgraduate degree course in Palliative Medicine – Tata Memorial Hospital, Mumbai, All India Institute of Medical Sciences, New Delhi and Gujarat Cancer Research Institute at Ahmedabad. IAPC, led by Dr Sushma Bhatnagar as president and Dr Savita Butola as secretary, have initiated weekly online academic programs for doctors undergoing this course anywhere in India.
This online training program, conducted every Monday from 6.30a.m. to 7.30a.m., is open to other doctors in palliative care too. The number of MD trainees cannot be more than 30, but the course is being attended by about 95 doctors.
The opening session on 29 June 2020 was on management of intractable cancer pain and it opened by paying homage to several gurus – giants on whose shoulders we all stand today – Dame Cicely Saunders, Dr Lucito Desouza, Ms Gilly Burn, Dr Robert Twycross, Dr Jan Stjernsward, Ms Val Hunkin, Dr Mohan Bhatia and Mr David Joranson.