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PHFI's One Year Course on Cardiovascular Diseases, Strokes

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Navdeep Nandre

The Public Health Foundation of India (PHFI) has announced the launch of the first of its kind Certificate Course on Cardiovascular Disease and Stroke (CCCDS) in India. The course will be launched in May, 2017.

The course is being launched in collaboration with Knowledge Partners like The World Heart Federation (WHF), Population Health Research Institute (PHRI), The American College of Cardiology (ACC) and Centre for Chronic Disease Control (CCDC).

As per a press release, the course will be initially launched in India and then extended to other parts of the world with the goal of reaching all continents within five years. When fully operationalized, it is expected that this course will train a huge number Primary Care practitioners and measurably increase their capacity and knowledge to address CVD, and will ultimately drive the reduction in global premature CVD mortality.

Prof. D. Prabhakaran, Vice President – Research and Policy, PHFI said, “Through the Certificate Course, we aim to tackle one of the most formidable public health challenges of this century—reducing the burden of heart disease and stroke. Heart disease and stroke are among the nation’s leading causes of death and disability, and despite this condition having a huge individual and societal burden, it is under-addressed within the population level -- both rural and urban and also at the medical fraternity level, who are poorly trained to diagnose this condition early in a patient. As the numbers increase for patients diagnosed, the need for an advanced educational preparation for physicians needs to be developed.”

The Certificate Course will be of the duration of twelve months with once-a-month contact sessions which will be conducted on designated weekends at regional centers across India with standardized slides, case studies and group work exercises.

The course will comprise of 15 global scientific leaders in the field of cardiology, who shall act as National Experts for this program, guiding content, curriculum, delivery methods, conducting faculty briefing sessions and participating in the training sessions in addition to monitoring and evaluating progress.

The participant eligibility criteria shall include either post-graduate degree in any medical field, preferably internal medicine or family medicine or medical graduate with at least three years of experience as a primary care physician. A rigorous quality improvement and evaluation system will be implemented, including pre-and post-testing, observer evaluation, and mid-and final-assessments.

Successful completion of the programme shall include participation in 10 of 12 modules, submission of interim assignments and a final exit exam. The entire course content will be developed by the academic partners with inputs and support from PHFI and National Experts.

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