Think about it: Heart disease and diabetes, which account for more deaths in the U.S. and worldwide than everything else combined, are completely preventable by making comprehensive lifestyle changes.
– Dr Dean Ornish, Clinical Professor of Medicine at the University of California, San Francisco
With the restructuring of health care in India, one of the major changes in patient care has been a shift from sub-specialty care to primary care. Despite major progress in the development of effective therapies to reduce mortality and morbidity from cardiovascular disease, it is becoming the leading cause of mortality in India, where heart ailments have replaced communicable diseases as the biggest killer. According to recent data, approximately 30 percent of the urban population and 15 percent of the population living in rural areas, suffer from high blood pressure and heart attacks. According to government data, the prevalence of heart failure in India due to coronary heart disease, hypertension, obesity, diabetes and rheumatic heart disease, ranges from 1.3 to 4.6 million, with an annual incidence of 491,600-1.8 million.
Although effective treatments exist, there is a wide therapeutic gap between guidelines and practice. Reducing this gap has the potential to save lives. General Practitioners are at the forefront of assessment, management and follow-up of patients with cardiovascular disease. Over 50 percent of the patients suffering from a heart attack die before they reach the hospital. General Practitioners can play a very important role in saving these lives.
IMA eVarsity has launched the Fellowship in Primary Care Cardiology to equip such first-consult doctors, with the latest clinically-relevant information, and to mentor them in competently handling all aspects of cardiovascular disease.
The One year Fellowship in Primary Care Cardiology aims at providing a General practitioner with comprehensive up-to-date knowledge and skills in the prevention and diagnosis and treatment of cardiovascular disease in their clinical practice.
At the end of this course, the General Practitioner will be able to provide better patient care through an increased ability to:
Recognised the need of the hour, of turning graduate doctors into family physicians, who thrive on building relationship with the patients and family, rather than treat them as numbers, IMA eVarsity has specially 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.
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, purporting 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 through 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:
Fellowship in Primary Care Cardiology follows a set pattern of formative assessments. Following are the types of assessments/examinations that each candidate is subjected to:
Month-end and Semester-end assessments are part of formative assessment of theory and constitute 60% of final score on theory, the balance 40% being covered by the final examination.
Course-end exam: The final exam, consists of 40 to 50 MCQs.