Paediatric Palliative Care Fellowship Welcome and Graduation Ceremony

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On January 11, 2024, more than 50 people gathered online to celebrate the Paediatric Palliative Medicine Fellowship welcome and graduation ceremony. In the first part of the event, we celebrated the graduation of 4 paediatricians, from Bangladesh, India, Nepal, and the Philippines, who successfully completed their fellowship in 2024.

In the second half of the ceremony, we welcomed 5 new physicians who had just begun their fellowship training; the new group included physicians from India, Malaysia, Pakistan, and the Philippines.

The Paediatric Palliative Medicine Fellowship Programme is a 1-year specialist training program for doctors, which is a collaboration between Two Worlds Cancer Collaboration and the Hyderabad Centre for Palliative Care. This fellowship training programme includes online classes and clinical (hands-on) training in palliative care for children. Since 2021, 10 paediatricians have successfully completed the programme. Graduates of the fellowship program have become leaders of new palliative care programmes. They are now teaching and training many more health professionals in their own countries and working with colleagues across the region to lead and champion paediatric palliative care. This initiative is a crucial step towards building a health system that can support the needs of all children with serious illnesses in less developed countries.

During the ceremony, Dr. Simon Sutcliffe, the President of Two Worlds Cancer Collaboration, stated, “I wish everyone success. We hope to help you train the professionals of today and the leaders of tomorrow in your healthcare systems. Our goal is to help you become confident, competent, and professional, so that you can achieve what you wish to do within your healthcare settings.”

Dr. Megan Doherty, the Programme Director of Paediatric Palliative Care at Two Worlds Cancer Collaboration, welcomed and congratulated the new and graduated fellows. She expressed her gratitude towards the faculty members who contributed to the success of the programme. Dr. Doherty also mentioned that although there will be struggles and challenges in the upcoming year, as a team they will be able to overcome them and make it a successful year. Dr. Gayatri, the Director of Hyderabad Centre for Palliative Care and Co-Director for PPC fellowship programme, mentioned the growing importance and recognition of the specialist field of paediatric palliative care.

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