Bangladesh plans to launch MD program in palliative medicine

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The post graduate residency programme leading to MD (Palliative Medicine) will be a five year course in line with the residency programmes in other clinical specialties in BSMMU.

A workshop was held  on 8 and 9 April 2013 at Milton Hall, BSMMU to develop the curriculum for the programme. The workshop was inaugurated by Professor Pran Gopal Datta, Vice Chancellor, BSMMU. The workshop was supported by the Bangladesh University Grants Commission under its Higher Education Quality Enhancement Program.

The post graduate residency program leading to MD (Palliative Medicine) will be in two phases – Phase A, lasting two years and Phase B, lasting three years.

The programme is aimed at the development of physicians emerging as national and regional leads in academic and clinical palliative care. It is expected that the residency programme will serve as the ‘second line’ of programme to develop experts in palliative care. 

The current six week Basic Certificate Programme in Palliative Medicine will be the first line programme for capacity building among primary health care doctors, general practitioners and specialist doctors from other disciplines.

The curriculum will be finalized in the next workshop and BSMMU plan to launch the MD programme in the 2014 academic year.

Dr Suresh Kumar, Director, Institute of Palliative Medicine, Kerala, India (WHO Collaborating Centre in Community Participation in Palliative Care and Long Term Care), Dr Eric L. Krakauer, Director, International Programs, Harvard Medical School Center for Palliative Care, Dr Cynthia Goh, Chairperson, Asia Pacific Hospice Network and Dr James Cleary, Director, PPSG, UW Carbone Cancer Center , Madison, Wisconsin University Hospital & Health Care, participated in the workshop as external resource persons.

The internal resource persons participating included deans of three faculties, chairpeople of 12 departments, the president of the Bangladesh medical and dental council and a task force lead by Professor Nezamuddin Ahmad, professor of the centre for palliative care of BSMMU. 

This article was originally published on the India edition of ehospice

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