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 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 from many specialties care for persons living with serious neurological illnesses, including neurologists, neurosurgeons, palliative care providers, geriatricians, physiatrists, internists, intensivists, pediatricians to name a few. Basic NPC is provided by ALL clinicians (neurologists or otherwise) 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 neuro-palliative 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 International Neuro-Palliative 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 specialties may include neurologists, neurosurgeons, palliative care providers, geriatricians, physiatrists, internists, intensivists, pediatricians. In future years, we hope to open these courses to healthcare practitioners from additional disciplines including nurses, advanced practice providers, pharmacists, psychologists, chaplains, and social workers. 

How are the courses organized?   

There are two courses, Part I and Part II, with each course lasting 6 months organized into 6 modules of 4 weeks each.  Completion of the Part I course is required to participate in the Part II course, but participants completing the Part I course are not required to complete the Part II course.  The Part I course will begin July 2022, while the Part II course will begin January 2023. 

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.

These are blended courses including pre-recorded webinars, live virtual sessions, and an in-person meeting. 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, and group and individual assignments (formative assessments). Individual summative assessments will be conducted through multiple choice questions and reflective exercises. 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.

How much will the courses cost? 

Thanks to generous funding and the volunteerism of our course instructors, the initial cost for each course was set at $300 USD / 20000 INR. 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 $150 USD / INR 10000 for each course.  If additional financial assistance is needed, contact maria@karunashraya.org, as we are committed to making this course affordable to all. 

Please note: registration for the live in-person sessions are included in each course package, however participants will be expected to make their own arrangements for travel and accommodation for the contact session of the course.

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, participants will be expected to attend one in-person contact session for each course, which will take place over the span of 1.5 days at Karunashraya Institute of Palliative Care Education & Research (KIPCER) in Bengaluru, India. A virtual option will be available for participants who are unable to travel.  

Will I receive a certificate upon course completion?

Upon passing each course (four attempts permitted), you will receive a certificate jointly conferred from International Neuro-Palliative 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?

Registration for the Part I course will open in March 2022. Please check back around that time.  Please enter your contact information here, if you would like to be contacted when registration opens


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.

 

 

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

 

 

Ed Richfield

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Naveen Salins

 

 

 

 

Opportunity in every Challenge and every Crisis.