Fellowship in Diabetes Mellitus provides you with comprehensive up-to-date knowledge in the management of Diabetes to confidently deal with routine problems in Diabetes in clinical practice. The course covers different aspects of the inpatient and outpatient care of diabetes and management of various diabetes complications.


Course At A Glance

  • Course: Fellowship in Diabetes Mellitus
  • Total Duration: 1 year
  • Hours per Week: 4 – 8
  • Medium of Instruction: English

About the Course

Diabetes usually affects organs like Brain (stroke), Heart (heart attack), Leg (gangrene), Kidney (kidney failure), Eye (retinopathy) and Nerve Damage (neuropathy).

Nearly 44 lakh Indians in their most productive years — aged 20 to 79 years — aren’t aware that they are diabetic, a disease that exposes them to heart attack, stroke, amputations, nerve damage, blindness and kidney disease. The latest global figures on diabetes released by the International Diabetes Federation (IDF) has raised a serious alarm for India by saying that nearly 52% of Indians aren’t aware that they are suffering from high blood sugar. India is presently home to 65 million diabetics, second only to China which is home to 98.4 million diabetics. Against this scenario, IMA eVarsity offers a schematically designed and pedagogically-grounded course in Diabetes mellitus by incorporating features drawn from successful on-campus and distance education.

Objectives of the Program

The One year Fellowship in Diabetes Mellitus aims at preparing you as a generalist doctor with comprehensive up-to-date knowledge in the management of Diabetes that allows you to confidently deal with routine problems in Diabetes in your clinical practice. During the course the candidates will be trained in different aspects of the inpatient and outpatient care of diabetes. They will also be exposed to the management of various diabetes complications through postings in the diabetic eye, heart and foot clinics and intensive care. At the end of the Course the candidate will be fully competent to deal with any type of diabetes patient as well as with diabetes complications of any degree of severity.

After completion of the Program the student will be able to do

  • Screening and diagnosis of diabetes.
  • Treatment of diabetes: Oral Hypoglycemic Agents and Insulin with latest developments.
  • Complications of diabetes and its management

The course is affiliated to Martin Luther Christian University – MLCU, a premier university from Shillong, doing yeoman service in the field of education in the North-east sector. MLCU is a UGC approved university.

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Career Prospects

The primary objective of this course is to metamorphose general practitioners to family doctors who are adept not only at diagnosing but also in the management of Diabetes. While doing so, it imparts career enhancing skills empowering him to function as a Diabetologist, enabling him to render primary care in Diabetes, while at the same time helping him to become knowledgeable and conscious of the need to refer whenever needed.

Recommended Background / Entry Requirements

Recognising the need of the hour of turning general practitioners to primary care physicians, who thrive on building relationship with the patients and family, rather than treat them as numbers, IMA eVarsity has crafted these courses for experienced practising doctors – doctors who could not take up post graduation for whatever reason, doctors who are so busy with their practice that they do not find time to attend continuous medical education. These courses are made available for the MCI-registered doctors.

Course Syllabus

Semester 1

  • Applied Anatomy
  • Physiology and Biochemistry of Endocrine Pancreas
  • Carbohydrate Metabolism
  • Epidemiology of Diabetes
  • Pathophysiology of Diabetes
  • Classification and Types of Diabetes
  • Evaluating a Diabetic Patient
  • Investigations and Monitoring
  • Non Pharmacological Management

Semester 2

  • Pharmacological Management
  • Diabetes Management in Elderly
  • Diabetes Management in ICU, CCU and in Surgeries
  • Diabetes in Pregnancy
  • Complications of Diabetes
  • Emergencies in Diabetes

Practicals: Cases

  • Diabetes case – general approach
  • Type 1 Diabetes
  • Type 2 Diabetes
  • Diabetic foot
  • Diabetic retinopathy
  • Diabetic Nephropathy
  • Diabetic Neuropathy
  • Erectile dysfunction
  • CAD in diabetes
  • Diabetic pregnant woman
  • Gestational Diabetes
  • Infections in diabetic patient
  • GI problems in diabetes
  • Dental problems in diabetes
  • Hypoglycemic complications
  • Hyperglycemic complications

Practicals: Procedures

  • Insulin administration
  • Fundoscopy for retinopathy
  • Doppler for vascular complications
  • Operating a Glucometer
  • Operating a thesiometer

Course Delivery Format

Taking leaf from Winston Churchill’s philosophy of “always ready to learn although… not always like being taught”, IMA eVarsity is transforming medical education by garnering learning empowered by the interactive platform of digital technology. IMA eVarsity model of blended education integrates best practices of ‘chalk and board’ with emerging technologies to make mockery of fragmented medical care, that is the bane of the rising costs of health care today!

The IMA eVarsity offers best of the models of blended education running online lectures, with the convenience of self-study at one’s own pace, time and place, complemented by online faculty interactions and clinical exposure through hospital rotations.

A rich learning environment is provided through the SmarTeach Learning Platform with access to:

  • Online lectures delivered by experts in respective fields. The students can view the lecture any number of times using tools to conveniently play/pause, forward/rewind, skip/review, bookmark
  • Included in these lectures are hundreds of text slides, illustrations and appropriate 2D and 3D animations, audios and videos to make concepts easy to understand and difficult to forget
  • Reading material including prescribed Text book and e-Books for each chapter; additional reading material would also be suggested through links.
  • Facility for the student to bookmark specific segments of a running lecture and ability to add your own notes for later review.
  • Weekly self-assessment through multiple choice objective questions from a question bank of over 1,00,000 questions across all subject areas
  • Case-based discussions [CbD], where you will be expected to select 2 specific cases during the period of compulsory clinical rotation under the guidance of in-house clinician and ensure completeness of the Logbook for the cases decided.
  • Online contact sessions through Webchat and scheduled webinars
  • Optional Tablet mode is available for convenience of self-study without need for Internet connectivity.

Assessment

Fellowship in Diabetes mellitus  follows a set pattern of formative assessments. Following are the types of assessments/examinations that each candidate is subjected to:

  • Self Assessments, scheduled online at the end of every lecture and are neither timed nor graded.
  • Weekend Graded Assessments [WGA] comprise a predetermined number of MCQs to be answered in a stipulated period of time. These are graded assessments and once submitted cannot be reattempted for a better score. The scores will carry considerable weight-age towards formative assessments of theory.
  • Semester [ Semester – 6 months duration]-end  Assessments [SA] are also  MCQ Examination at the end of every semester

Weekend and Semester-end assessments are part of formative assessment and constitute 60% of final score, the balance 40% being covered by the final  examination.

Course-end  exam: The final exam,consists of 50 MCQs to be completed in stipulated period of time.

 

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Suggested Reading

  • IMA Manual on Diabetes mellitus

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