ICMR NvCCP Prescribing Skills course -Cycle 3, for the Indian Medical Graduates

By Multifaculty   |   Indian Council for Medical Research (ICMR)
Learners enrolled: 2832

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

“Prescribing Skills” 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 documented lack of preparedness 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 Dept. of Health Research and Director General, ICMR 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 (RUMC) 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 NMC curriculum. It consists of 40 video lectures ( basic modules ) , 5 elective modules and 4 COVID-19 Modules in the form of lecture presentations 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 (pursuing ) and Registered Medical Practitioners (RMP )  - MBBS stream only

  • It is mandatory to fill your TEMPORARY / PERMANENT REGISTRATION NUMBER issued by respective State Medical Councils 
  • 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 uploading of registration certificate
In case of any queries, learners can either email to "rxcourse@nieicmr.org.in " or reach out to 044-26136413 between 9: 30 AM to 5: 00 PM ( Monday - Friday) 

Learners uploading their registration certificate will only be considered for certification (Kindly use Laptop/Desktop to upload your Registration Certificate)
Course Status : Upcoming
Course Type : Elective
Duration : Self Paced
Category :
  • Multidisciplinary
Level : Undergraduate/Postgraduate

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Course layout

Module 1 : Introduction 

I. Healthcare System 
Module 2 : Health ecosystem, Health care setting, National Health programmes
Module 3 : 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 4 : Healthcare setting, National Essential Medicines List, Health Insurance schemes including Ayushman Bharat

II. Principles of Prescribing
Module 5 : Fundamentals of prescribing, Good prescribing practices
Module 6 : Medication History
Module 7 : Formulation and appropriate Route of Administration  
Module 8 : Relevance of Pharmacokinetics and Pharmacodynamics for Safe & Effective Medication
Module 9 : Documentation
Module 10 : Communication Skills in Prescribing
Module 11 : Improving Adherence
Module 12 : Principles of antimicrobial prescribing

III. Prescribing in Medical emergencies
Module 13 : Common Acute Poisoning
Module 14 : Management of Shock
Module 15 : Prescribing before referral for cases of myocardial infarction and  acute coronary syndrome

IV. Adverse Drug Reactions
Module 16 : Basic Principles of Adverse Drug Reactions
Module 17 : Adverse Drug Reactions –  Management and Prevention
Module 18 : Adverse Drug Reaction -  Reporting

V. Prescribing in special patient groups
Module 19 : Prescribing for women I
Module 20 : Prescribing for women II
Module 21 : Prescribing for children
Module 22 : Prescribing for elderly
Module 23 : Prescribing in renal and hepatic impairment
Module 24 : Prescribing in perioperative period

VI. Therapeutic Groups
Module 25 : 1. Prescribing appropriately for hypertension -  2. Prescribing rationally for hypertensive emergencies
Module 26 : Prescribing for heart failure
Module 27 : Management of Stable Coronary artery disease and secondary prevention
Module 28 : Prescribing in Diabetes Mellitus
Module 29 : Prescribing for Pain Management

VII. Therapeutic Groups
Module 30 : Prescribing Antimicrobial rationally for common conditions
Module 31 : Dermatology Disorders
Module 32 : Prescribing for ENT disorders
Module 33 : Prescribing for Ophthalmological Disorders
Module 34 : Prescribing in Asthma and COPD
Module 35 : Prescribing for Community Acquired Pneumonia & Symptomatic cough management

VIII. Therapeutic Groups
Module 36 : Common Gastrointestinal Disorders
Module 37 : Common Psychiatric Conditions (Anxiety, Depression)
Module 38 : Common Psychiatric Conditions (Schizophrenia, Bipolar Affective Disorder)
Module 39 : Epilepsy, Dementia and Migraine
Module 40 : Rheumatoid Arthritis and Gout
Module 41 : Prescribing in Palliative and End of Life care

IX. Elective Modules
Module 42 : Approach to hemoglobinopathies
Module 43 : Diagnosis and management of PCOS
Module 44 : Anti-Tuberculosis drug prescription 
Module 45 : Visceral Leishmaniasis (VL), Post Kala - azar dermal leishmaniasis (PKDL)
Module 46 : Transfusion reactions, Approach to G6PD deficiency and thrombocytopenia

X. COVID-19 Modules
Module 47 : Management of COVID-19 - Children
Module 48 : Management of COVID-19 - Adult
Module 49 : Management - Post COVID-19 sequalae 
Module 50 : Symptom Management

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 institutes in India. The instructors developed the program with the help of Rational Use of Medicine Centres (RUMC) consisting of pharmacologists, clinicians, community medicine experts and interns. Information from prescription research, National ADR monitoring centres, published literature and experience of the experts have been used for designing & developing this course.

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Course certificate

Certificate shall be awarded to the learners based an completion of all the below mentioned criteria within the timelines.

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