Clinical Fellowship in Pediatric Palliative Medicine: Apply before March 15, 2019

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A call has gone out for applications for a one year Pediatric Palliative Care Clinical Fellowship offered jointly by Two Worlds Cancer Collaboration and MNJ Institute of Oncology and RCC, starting in July 2019. The fellowship will be located in Hyderabad, India.

The Pediatric Palliative Medicine Fellowship Program 

 This is a 1-year full time clinical fellowship program, consisting of 12 months of structured clinical rotations in Hyderabad, India. The program has been jointly designed and offered by Two Worlds Cancer Collaboration (TWCC) and MNJ Institute of Oncology and Regional Cancer Centre (MNJ). The program aims to train physicians to be experts in the clinical practice of pediatric palliative medicine, who will become leaders in the field of palliative care for children in India and across South Asia.

The program will provide clinical training for candidates in the following areas:

  • Principles of pediatric palliative care and models for the development and delivery of pediatric palliative care
  • Specialized pediatric pain and symptom assessment and management, from premature infants to adolescents, including children with communication disabilities
  • The role of palliative care in pediatric cancer and non-cancer conditions, including hematological, neurological, neurodegenerative, genetic, and metabolic conditions
  • Ethical and legal challenges in pediatric palliative care
  • End of life care in pediatrics
  • Developmental considerations for understanding serious illness, death and bereavement in children
  • Effective communication with children and families
  • Psychosocial supports for children and families, including play therapy, sibling support, legacy and memory making

Eligibility
Candidates with a post-graduate (MD/DCh/DNB Degree) degree are invited to apply. Preference will be given to those whose degree is in Pediatrics.

Important Dates for 2019 

Feb 5, 2019:             First day of Submission of Application Forms

March 15, 2019:      Last Day of Submission of Application Forms

April 1, 2019:            Request for Interviews will be sent to Candidates

April 15, 2019:          Declaration of results of selected candidates

July 1, 2019:              Course start date

June 30, 2020:         Course completion date

 

How to Apply

The  course prospectus is available from the Program Coordinator, Ms Vinella Rapelli (mnj.palliative@gmail.com).

You can download the application form here: Fellowship in Pediatric Palliative Medicine.

Course Fee:

There is no course fee. This is a salaried position for successful candidates. Starting salary is comparable to that of MD physician starting salary.

Course Design:

The fellowship is a 1-year full time clinical academic program. The candidate will need to be based in Hyderabad, where the majority of clinical training will take place. The program includes rotations at MNJ Institute of Oncology and Regional Cancer Centre, as well as other local palliative care programs associated with Two Worlds Cancer Collaboration (Hospice, Home-Care and Rural Programs).

The fellowship includes regular formal teaching sessions with local and international faculty, with an emphasis on evidenced based practice. Fellows will be expected to complete a small research or quality improvement project during their fellowship

Assessment 

The fellowship incorporates regular clinical assessments, case-based discussions, written reflection, and a final examination.

The purpose of the Fellowship Assessment Program is to:

  • Enhance learning by providing formative assessment, enabling trainees to receive immediate feedback, measure their own performance and identify areas for development;
  • Drive learning and enhance the training process;
  • Provide summative evidence that trainees are meeting the curriculum standards (at the end of the training program);
  • Ensure the trainees acquire the competencies of the program;
  • Assess trainees’ actual performance in the workplace;
  • Ensure that trainees acquire the essential knowledge required for their specialty;
  • Identify any areas where the trainee requires targeted or additional training.

The focus is on ensuring that fellows become competent in the practice of pediatric palliative medicine.

Selection of Candidates 

The selection will be done by a committee. Since the program will focus on developing clinicians who will be future leaders in the field of pediatric palliative medicine, the statement of purpose and interview will be given considerable weight for each applicant. All applicants will be informed by email about whether their application was successful.

Two Worlds Cancer Collaboration (TWCC)  www.twoworldscancer.ca/#home

TWCC is a Canadian non-profit foundation that recognizes the need for urgent action to help reduce the burden of cancer in resource limited settings. TWCC supports the Sunflower Pediatric Project which provides palliative care services for children receiving care at MNJ Regional Cancer Centre and Institute of Oncology. TWCC partners with Palliative and Pain Relief Society to provide care in hospice, home-care, and services for children in rural areas.

MNJ Regional Cancer Centre and Institute of Oncology (MNJ)

In partnership with TWCC, MNJ is a leading centre in providing palliative care training, with 10 years of experience in delivering training and education programs for health care professionals from a variety of disciplines.

Other Joint TWCC and MNJ Courses include: (contact Ms. Vineela Rapelli for details, mnj.palliative@gmail.com)

  • 6-week Basic Certificate Course in Palliative Medicine (for MBBS doctors)
  • 6-week Basic Certificate Course in Palliative Nursing (for BSc/Diploma holders in nursing)
  • 4-week Advanced Certificate Course in Pediatric Palliative Medicine and Nursing (for doctors and nurses who have previously completed the 6-week course and desire more advanced training in pediatrics)

Further Information:

For further information, please request a course prospectus from Ms. Vineela Rapelli, Program Coordinator. mnj.palliative@gmail.com