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Education and Research

At Karunashraya we believe in sharing the wealth of knowledge gained over decades. And this belief took a beautiful turn in 2015, with the setting up of the “Department of Education and Research”. With the vision of improving the quality of care, our education and research centre trains medical, nursing and other health care professionals, guided by the finest minds in palliative care. We also carry out research work for a deeper understanding of palliative care and to identify areas of concern.

As part of the endeavour of sharing knowledge, we have joined hands with the governments of Karnataka and Odisha, to train doctors in providing palliative care, not just in urban areas but to rural populations as well. Today we are playing a much more important role in training doctors and nurses under the National Program of Palliative Care (NPPC) – an initiative by National Health Mission – Department of Health and Family Welfare.

Our Department of Education and Research organizes conferences, symposia and colloquia on a regular basis for enabling close interactions with fellow researchers, and also to increase our visibility in the scientific community. By signing MoUs with acclaimed global institutions like NIMHANS, MAHE, Darwin International Institute for the Study of Compassion, U.K (DIISC), we offer guidance to students pursuing their MPhil, PhD and other further studies.

To bring our knowledge to the fingertips of the needy, we have developed a free mobile app “Pallikare- A Palliative Care App” which helps health care professionals in providing better and professional care for terminally ill patients, especially in remote areas.

Training Programs

1. Fundamentals of PC

The 10 days training program offers a wide range of theory and practical exposure to medical professionals and nurses. The training aims to provide knowledge on basic Palliative care skills, Nursing techniques, Physiotherapy and Communication Skills.

We have conducted training programs for Doctors and nurses from Odisha, Karnataka and also the nursing officers from the Army.

2. Nursing Aide Training

The 6 months training program was started with a view to empower young adolescent girls to become independent individuals. The course focuses on providing basic nursing skills on patient care, basics in computers and spoken English.

It is a residential and free-of-charge program with a minimum stipend offer. Eligibility to opt for the course is between the age group of 18yrs – 25yrs

3. Continuous Medical Education (CME)

It is an in-house program conducted every quarter in order to upgrade the knowledge and skills of the medical and nursing professionals and other health care professionals contributing to patient care in the Hospice.

4. Workshops / Seminars / Colloquium

The department of Education and Research frequently conducts academic meetings to discuss topics of interest with keynote addresses by experts in the field of palliative care nationally and internationally. These meetings are held quarterly and annually.

The department has so far successfully conducted the following academic meetings

  • Advanced Therapeutics Course in Palliative Medicine with KMC Credentials – 2017 / 2018
  • Colloquium – Compassion in Care – 2018
  • Workshop on Communication Skills – Dealing with Difficult Questions – 2019

Postings and Internships

1. Induction programs

Education and Training to the new employees to prepare them on palliative care before they take up their job responsibilities.

2. Clinical Postings

It aims to provide in-hand practical experience for visiting professionals from different clinical backgrounds aspiring to take up palliative care.

3. Internships/ Field placements

Students pursuing their studies in humanities / social sciences intern with us to have a better understanding of medical aspects and also learn skills to deal with patients and their families.

4. Observational visit

Medical and Para-Medical professionals from different medical specialities visit Karunashraya and participate in observation along with the clinical team to get Palliative care and Hospice experience.

5. Orientation visit (Academic)

Students from varied medical, nursing and social sciences background visit to understand the working of the organisation related to their specialisation area.

6. Sensitization Programs

Medical and Nursing Professionals who are sent for the 10-day training program initially go through a day’s sensitisation at the organisation in order to understand the need for advanced training and the essence of palliative care.

Educational efforts in palliative and end-of-life care

How it helps

Palliative care in India is still at an early stage of development and faces numerous problems. Approaches to improve the application of palliative care includes education, training and research endeavours. Educational efforts in palliative and end-of-life care have benefitted nurses, physicians and other disciplines associated with clinical care.

Educational efforts in palliative and end-of-life care

Education/Research Team At Karunashraya

  • Dr. Nagesh Simha Medical Director, Karunashraya
  • Dr. Jeremy Johnson Chief Mentor, Education and Research at Karunashraya
  • Sangeetha N Nursing Tutor
  • Maria Sonia Louis Research Assistant