ICMR School of Public Health

ICMR NvCCP Prescribing Skills Course 

For the Indian Medical Graduates

For Whom?

This Pursuing/completed Internship after completion of Final year MBBS examination

Intended Audience

MBBS interns (completed/pursuing) and Registered medical Practitioners (RMP )  - MBBS stream

What is unique?
  • This online course (which can be accessed as per the IMG's convenience and speed) consists of 40 video lectures (Basic Modules) and 5 Elective Modules and 4 COVID-19 Modules with presentations and is practical case based as per NMC curriculum.
  • It has been developed by experts of pharmacology, clinical disciplines, preventive social medicine of 15 ICMR Rational use of Medicines centers from top medical colleges all over India.
What will you learn?

The course videos demonstrating specific skills, assignments and additional material for enhanced learning has been reviewed by ICMR-TAG and clinical experts from Delhi and Mumbai.

Important Note
  • 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.  Click here for more details
  • Fill the full name of your medical college in the OTHERS FIELD 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 c​ertificate
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About the course

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.  

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Technical Advisory Group(TAG) Members

Course development is guided by the Technical Advisory Group (TAG) setup by the Secretary (DHR) & Director-General(DG), ICMR.

Dr. Subir Maulik
MD, PhD
Professor, Department of Pharmacology
AIIMS, New Delhi

Dr. V.P. Kamboj
PhD, DSc
Ex-Director, Central Drug Research Institute, Lucknow

Dr. Nilima A. Kshirsagar
MD, PhD, FNAS, FNAMS,
FRCP(UK), FCP(USA)

Dr. Y.K.Gupta
MD, PhD, President
AIIMS Bhopal & AIIMS Jammu

ICMR Course Coordinator

Dr. Nabendu Sekhar Chatterjee
MD, PhD
Scientist G NICED, Kolkata

Course Layout

Module ​1: Introduction

III. Prescribing in Medical emergencies

II. Principles of Prescribing

 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

Module 13: Common Acute Poisoning
Module 14: Management of Shock
Module 15: Prescribing b​efore referral for cases of myocardial infarction and acute coronary 
syndrome

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

VI. Therapeutic Groups

IV. Adverse Drug Rea​ctions

V. Prescribing in special patient groups

Module 25. (i): Prescribing appropriately for hypertension

(ii): 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

Module 18: Prescribing for women 

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

Module 16: Basic Principles of Adverse Drug Reactions

Module 17: Adverse Drug Reactions – Management and Prevention

Module 18: Adverse Drug Reaction - Reporting

VII. Therapeutic Groups

VIII. Therapeutic Groups

IX.  Elective Modules

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

Module 36: Common Gastrointestinal Disorders

Module 37: Common Ps​ychiatric 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

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

VIII. 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

Course Highlights