ICMR NvCCP Prescribing Skills course -Cycle 2, for the Indian Medical Graduates

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Learners enrolled: 8091

The Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) – National Virtual Centre Clinical Pharmacology (NvCCP) Prescribing Skills course for Indian Medical Graduates has been launched to improve prescription practices in India.

“Prescribing skill” has been recognized by the National Medical Commission (NMC) as a “Must Know” entity in its curriculum for Medical Graduates. A pilot study conducted among first-year resident doctors on the assessment of prescribing skills revealed the unpreparedness for the rational prescription. Inappropriate prescribing results in insufficient or delayed recovery, increased risk of preventable harm/adverse drug reaction, development of antimicrobial resistance, and increased cost of therapy to the patient.

Considering the inadequacies of Prescribing Skills in India, Dr. Balram Bhargava, Secretary to the Govt. of India and Director General, ICMR, Dept. of Health Research is delighted to launch this course on Prescribing skills for Indian Medical Graduates (IMG).

This course has been developed by experts from departments of Clinical Pharmacology, Clinical disciplines, and Preventive and Social Medicine (PSM) located in 15 ICMR Rational use of Medicines centres from top medical colleges across India. The ICMR- NvCCP network, guided by ICMR-Technical Advisory Group (TAG) has peer-reviewed this course along with clinical experts from New Delhi and Mumbai.

This online course has been designed as per the Specific Learning Objectives (SLOs) of the MCI curriculum. It consists of 40 video lectures ( basic modules ) and elective modules in the form of presentation slides which are practical case-based and provide an array of resource materials. The course can be accessed on all digital platforms as per the convenience of IMGs.

PRE-REQUISITE : Pursuing/completed Internship after completion of Final year MBBS examination
INTENDED AUDIENCE : MBBS interns (completed/pursuing ) and Registered medical Practitioners (RMP )  - MBBS stream

  • It is mandatory to fill your TEMPORARY / PERMANENT REGISTRATION NUMBER issued by respective Medical Councils in the College Roll No. field while joining the course
  • Fill the full name of your medical college in the OTHERS FIELD in the SWAYAM Enrollment Page under the Institution tab if your college name is not available on the drop- down list
  • Use the same email ID for enrollment and upload of registration certificate
In case of any queries, students can either mail to " rxcourse@nieicmr.org.in " or reach out to 044-26136413 between 9: 30 AM to 5: 00 PM ( Monday - Friday)                                                                                                                                                                  

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Course Status : Ongoing
Course Type : Elective
Duration : Self Paced
Category :
  • Medical
Level : Undergraduate/Postgraduate

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Course layout

I. Healthcare System 
Module 1 : Health ecosystem, Health care setting, National Health programmes
Module 2 : Drugs and Cosmetics Act, 1940; Rules, 1945 and Drugs Schedules, amendments thereof,  Fixed Dose Combinations, Over The Counter drugs, AYUSH Drugs, Nutraceuticals and Health Supplements 
Module 3 : Healthcare setting, National Essential Medicines List, Health Insurance schemes including Ayushman Bharat

II. Principles of Prescribing
Module 4 : Fundamentals of prescribing, Good prescribing practices
Module 5 : Medication History
Module 6 : Formulation and appropriate Route of Administration  
Module 7 : Relevance of Pharmacokinetics and Pharmacodynamics for Safe & Effective Medication
Module 8 : Documentation
Module 9 : Communication Skills in Prescribing
Module 10 : Improving Adherence
Module 11 : Principles of antimicrobial prescribing

III. Prescribing in Medical emergencies
Module 12 : Common Acute Poisoning
Module 13 : Management of Shock
Module 14 : Prescribing before referral for cases of myocardial infarction and  acute coronary syndrome

IV. Adverse Drug Reactions
Module 15 : Basic Principles of Adverse Drug Reactions
Module 16 : Adverse Drug Reactions –  Management and Prevention
Module 17 : Adverse Drug Reaction -  Reporting

V. Prescribing in special patient groups
Module 18 : Prescribing for women I
Module 19 : Prescribing for women II
Module 20 : Prescribing for children
Module 21 : Prescribing for elderly
Module 22 : Prescribing in renal and hepatic impairment
Module 23 : Prescribing in perioperative period

VI. Therapeutic Groups
Module 24 : 1. Prescribing appropriately for hypertension -  2. Prescribing rationally for hypertensive emergencies
Module 25 : Prescribing for heart failure
Module 26 : Management of Stable Coronary artery disease and secondary prevention
Module 27 : Prescribing in Diabetes Mellitus
Module 28 : Prescribing for Pain Management

VII. Therapeutic Groups
Module 29 : Prescribing Antimicrobial rationally for common conditions
Module 30 : Dermatology Disorders
Module 31 : Prescribing for ENT disorders
Module 32 : Prescribing for Ophthalmological Disorders
Module 33 : Prescribing in Asthma and COPD
Module 34 : Prescribing for Community Acquired Pneumonia & Symptomatic cough management

VIII. Therapeutic Groups
Module 35 : Common Gastrointestinal Disorders
Module 36 : Common Psychiatric Conditions (Anxiety, Depression)
Module 37 : Common Psychiatric Conditions (Schizophrenia, Bipolar Affective Disorder)
Module 38 : Epilepsy, Dementia and Migraine
Module 39 : Rheumatoid Arthritis and Gout
Module 40 : Prescribing in Palliative and End of Life care

IX. Elective Modules
Approach to hemoglobinopathies
Diagnosis and management of PCOS
Anti-Tuberculosis drug prescription 
Visceral Leishmaniasis (VL), Post Kala - azar dermal leishmaniasis (PKDL)
Transfusion reactions, Approach to G6PD deficiency and thrombocytopenia

Books and references

It will be available in the course outline which can be accessible once you enrol the course.

Instructor bio

All the instructors are faculty members from various medical colleges and Scientists from ICMR research institutes in India. The instructors developed the program with the help of rational use medicine (RUM) centres consisting of pharmacologist, clinician, community medicine expert and interns. Information from prescription research, National ADR monitoring centres, published literature and experience of experts has been used for designing & developing this course.

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Course certificate

The Completion of the course shall warrant award of completion certificate to eligible students.
It shall be based on three criteria:

Certification for completion shall be awarded to the students based on completion of all the above criteria within the timelines.

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