International Neuropalliative Care Certificate Courses

 

Part I: July-December 2022

Part II: January-June 2023

What is Neuropalliative Care (NPC) and why is it relevant to my practice?

Neuropalliative care (NPC) is a field of medicine focused on improving quality of life for persons living with serious life-limiting neurological conditions and their care partners through an interdisciplinary approach. Though the field of palliative care is traditionally associated with the oncologic realm, there has been increasing recognition of the unique palliative care needs conferred by non-cancer diagnoses, including neurological conditions. The provision of NPC can start at the time of diagnosis and continue through the end of life and beyond. Physicians and health care professionals from many specialties care for persons living with serious neurological illnesses, including, but not limited to, neurology, neurosurgery, palliative care, geriatrics, physical medicine and rehabilitation, internal medicine, intensive care, and pediatrics. Basic NPC is provided by ALL clinicians and healthcare professionals who care for people living with these conditions, while palliative care specialists provide important expertise as needs become more complex. In this way, all providers can benefit from specific NPC training to enhance their ability to face the challenges they are already confronting in their day-to-day practice.

Why should I take these courses?

These courses will provide a comprehensive neuropalliative skill set that will enhance participants’ approach to people living with serious neurological conditions.  These courses are unique because they recognize that we learn best when we learn together and bring together physicians from multiple specialties into a shared environment in order to foster collaboration and networking across disciplines.  Participants will have the opportunity to learn from leaders in the emerging field of NPC, in both didactic and interactive formats.  In addition, upon completion of each course, participants will receive a certificate jointly conferred from the International Neuropalliative Care Society, Kasturba Medical College, Manipal and Karunashraya, Bangalore Hospice Trust.

Who should take these courses?

These courses are presently offered to all physicians who provide care to pediatric and adult persons living with serious life-limiting neurological illness. Physician specialists may include neurologists, neurosurgeons, palliative care providers, geriatricians, physiatrists, internists, intensivists, and pediatricians. Although this year’s content was specifically designed for a physician audience, we invite nurses and advanced practice providers (nurse practitioners, physician assistants) to apply as well. In future years, we hope to expand our content to make it more relevant for healthcare professionals from additional disciplines, including pharmacists, psychologists, chaplains, and social workers

How are the courses organized?
  1. There are two courses, Part I and Part II, with each lasting 6 months and organized into 6 modules of 4 weeks each.   Part 1 launches on July 1, 2022. Part 2 begins January 2, 2023. These are meant to run consecutively and it is mandatory to complete Part 1 to join Part 2.  
  2. Each course  consists of 6 modules with 28 working days. The exact schedule (see below) varies to account for holidays. Module materials: case, webinars, reading material list, MCQs and assignments (if any) will be made available on day 1 of the module.  
  3. Each module is built around an exemplary case and the NPC needs that arise as we work through each story. Each module will have a curriculum for self-study including pre-recorded webinars, relevant readings, as well as group and individual assignments (formative assessments). Individual summative assessments will be conducted through multiple choice questions and reflective exercises. Depending on their training background and specialty they practice in, each participant will receive didactic content in the basics of either palliative care or neurology, to fill in foundational gaps. Participants are welcome to complete content in both areas if they desire. All participants will receive the same targeted NPC content. 
  4. These are blended courses including pre-recorded webinars, live virtual sessions (flipped classroom), and an in-person meeting. The live virtual session for each module, and the single live in-person meeting for each course, will allow participants to practice key skills, reinforce course content, and network amongst participants, instructors, and course directors. 
  5. The live virtual, interactive session (flipped classroom) will be held for 90 minutes, on Zoom or equivalent, on a Saturday approximately mid-way through each module at 15.30-17.00 hours IST. 
  6. The in-person meeting will focus on Communications Skills and Prognostication, and will be held on Thursday, February 9, 2023 at Karunashraya Institute of Palliative Care Education & Research (KIPCER), Bengaluru, India. Registration for this is included in the course fees, however travel and lodging will need to be made individually (we can assist if requests are made before Dec 31, 2022). You are also welcome to attend the joint IAPC-INPCS symposium n Neuropalliative Care on Friday, Feb 10 at National Institute of Mental Health and Neuro-Sciences (NIMHANS) in Bengaluru. 
What is the anticipated time commitment involved?

We anticipate participants will spend an average of 2-3 hours per week on course work, including self-study, interactive sessions, and group assignments.  Additionally, attendance at the one-day in-person meeting on Thursday, February 9, 2023 in Bengaluru, India is required (see above).  

Will I receive a certificate upon course completion?

Upon passing each course (four attempts permitted), you will receive a certificate jointly conferred from the International Neuropalliative Care Society, Kasturba Medical College, Manipal and Karunashraya, Bangalore Hospice Trust.  The greatest reward for your efforts, however, will be the improvement you will see in your approach to the care of persons living with serious life-limiting neurological conditions and their care partners.

How do I register?
  1. Application: Registration for Part 1 course is now open. Please complete this Google form and we will send you the payment link once we confirm your eligibility. INPC Certificate Course 2022-23 is targeted at health care professionals  from South Asia, however colleagues from around the world are welcome to apply (keeping in mind the timezone differences for the live virtual (flipped classroom) sessions.
  2. Payments: Thanks to generous funding and the volunteerism of our course instructors, the initial cost for the whole course (Parts 1 and 2) was set at $600 USD / INR 40000. However, since this will be the first year this course is offered, there will be an inaugural discount of 50%. So for this year only, the charge will be $300 USD / INR 20000.  If additional financial assistance is needed, please contact maria@karunashraya.org, as we are committed to making this course affordable to all. You may choose to pay only for Part 1 at this time but you will then need to pay and re-register for Part 2.  
What is the course schedule?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Who are the course directors?

 

 

 

Jessica Besbris

 

 

 

 

It is our privilege to be invited to support individuals through their illness journeys, and our responsibility to hone our neuropalliative skillset so that we are up to the task.

 

 

Anuja Damani

 

 

 

 

This course is a paradigm shift in the viewing of neurology palliative care as a gift instead of seeing it as giving up. It will increase awareness about the issues and explore the potential to change the way patients experience the journey with chronic neurological illness.

 

 

 

Roop Gursahani

 

 

 

 

Our patients need all of us, from all professional streams, to work together on their problems. To do that, we need to learn together. 

 

 

Neha Kramer

 

 

 

 

It is our hope that these courses ultimately raise the standards of care for people living with neurologic illness, as well as enrich your professional work with meaning and connection.

 

 

Piret Paal

 

 

 

 


According to the WHO, the availability of education and training is a central measure of palliative care status worldwide. I work on enabling access to education in this area. I hope that all healthcare and allied professionals learn how to provide high-quality care and give meaning to health-related suffering.

 

 

Krithika Rao

 

 

 

 


We cannot change the outcome,but we can affect the journey.

 

 

 

 

 

Seema Rao

 

 

 

 


Pain is inevitable, but suffering is optional.  This course will equip clinicians with the skill sets needed to ease the health related suffering of patients with chronic neurological illness and their families.

 

 

 

Naveen Salins

 

 

 

 

Opportunity in every Challenge and every Crisis.