Jipmer has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Hyderabad-based IKP Centre for Technologies in Public Health (ICTPH), pertaining to a proposed bridge training programme for equipping traditional physicians with basic allopathic skills.
The MoU was signed by S.C. Parija, Director of Jipmer, and Sivaram, director of ICTPH.
In order to address the challenge of inadequate access to healthcare professionals and quality care, especially in rural India, ICTPH has been working on developing innovative multi-pronged human resource strategies.
ICTPH’s bridge training programme for AYUSH physicians aims at enhancing their skills to deliver quality evidence-based (allopathic) protocol-driven primary healthcare in community settings.
In this connection, ICTPH has partnered with SughaVazhvu Healthcare to train Ayurveda and Siddha physicians for providing allopathic primary care in the SughaVazhvu network of rural primary healthcare clinics in Thanjavur district of Tamil Nadu.
This bridge training programme, once developed, will be a paradigm shift in manpower development approach for providing primary healthcare in regions without access to essential health care services.
KC Premarajan, Head of the Department of Preventive and Social Medicine, Jipmer, will be in the working group of the project.
Subhash Chandra Parija, director, Jipmer, said that Jipmer’s role in this collaboration would be to review the proposed curriculum, training plan and evaluation criteria, and provide guidance to suit the needs of a comprehensive bridge training programme.
He also added that a working group comprising of medical education experts and subject specialists was brought together for this purpose.
The preliminary meeting between the working group and the ICTPH representatives discussed the strategies to develop a skill-based curriculum to equip the physicians, including AYUSH doctors, to provide need-based primary healthcare services.
It’s aimed at equipping traditional physicians with basic allopathic skills