Published on: January 3, 2024
Pallium India’s first batch of Global Fellowship in Palliative Medicine (GFPM) participants have completed the course with flying colours!

GFPM is a one-year hybrid course which is delivered mainly online, along with 30 days hands-on training at Trivandrum Institute of Palliative Sciences (TIPS) and other institutions recognized by Pallium India.

The objectives of this training program are the following:

  1. To provide an overview of the practice of palliative care globally with special focus on Low and Middle Income Countries (LMICs).
  2. To facilitate research and quality improvement programs in palliative care.
  3. To impart attitude, knowledge and skills for practicing palliative care in cancer and non-cancer illness.
  4. To ensure understanding of the ground realities of elements of suffering of people with serious health-related suffering and possible solutions with community participation.

24 Fellows, comprising the first batch (2023-2024) have successfully completed their course in December 2023. There were 4 international fellows (UK, Dubai, Nigeria, Trinidad and Tobago) and 20 national from different parts of India.

The feedback about the course has been positive. The participants were enthusiastic and eager to help each other; making good friends and exchanging ideas among them and they were like family members. All of them are now confident to practise palliative care in its real meaning and to integrate palliative care into their practice. The outcome was clearly visible even before finishing the course as some of them were able to open new palliative care centres / wards, take part in various educational programs as faculties and add to the existing palliative care programs.

We would like to thank each of the fellows for their hard work and mutual learning and wish them all the best for the future.

Special thanks to all the faculties and examiners who joined us from various parts of the globe to enlighten the fellows on palliative care.

Thank you Dr. Scott Berry, Dr. Christopher Booth, Dr. Jean Mathews and Mr. Daniel Afolayan of Global Oncology Team at Queens University, Canada for providing us all the support and hand-holding us to attain this success. Without you this would not have been possible.


Here are the top-scorers of the first batch:

Dr Parul Raina
Assistant Professor,
Department of Anaesthesia,
Sharda Hospital,

Dr. Amirtha Thampi
Head – Clinical Services Department,
TIPS, Pallium India, Trivandrum

Dr Priya Ramakrishnan
Associate Professor, Department of Anaesthesia, Himalayan Institute of Medical Sciences, Swami Rama Himalayan University, Dehradun, Uttarakhand.

One response to “Global Fellowship in Palliative Medicine”

  1. Dr Punithavathy Dhanasekaran says:

    It was absolutely Enriching to walk a year long GFPM journey by Pallium with like minded fellows with palliative interest belonging to different specialities. There was a great share of knowledge and experience from National and Global experts in the field of Palliative medicine! Thank you Pallium India for providing such a great platform of opportunity for working professionals like us 🙏🏻