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 Elective 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

About the course

 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 the prescription practices in India.  

“Prescribing skill” has been recognized by the NMC-National Medical Commission (earlier known as Medical Council of India), 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 is coordinated by ICMR-National Institute of Epidemiology and offered through SWAYAM-AICTE under the Ministry of Education

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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
Professor, Department of Pharmacology
AIIMS, New Delhi

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

Dr. Nilima A. Kshirsagar

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

ICMR Course Coordinator

Dr. Nabendu Sekhar Chatterjee
Scientist G NICED, Kolkata

Course Layout

III. Prescribing in Medical emergencies

II. Principles of Prescribing

 I. Healthcare System

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

1​. Health ecosystem, Health care setting, National Health programmes
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
3. Healthcare setting, National Essential Medicines List, Health Insurance schemes including Ayushman Bharat

12. Common Acute Poisoning
13. Management of Shock
14. Prescribing b​efore referral for cases of myocardial infarction and acute coronary 

VI. Therapeutic Groups

IV. Adverse Drug Rea​ctions

V. Prescribing in special patient groups

24. (i). Prescribing appropriately for hypertension

(ii). Prescribing rationally for hypertensive emergencies

25. Prescribing for heart failure

26. Management of Stable Coronary artery 
disease and secondary prevention

27. Prescribing in Diabetes Mellitus

28. Prescribing for Pain Management

18. Prescribing for women 

19. Prescribing for women II

20. Prescribing for children

21. Prescribing for elderly

22. Prescribing in renal and hepatic impairment

23. Prescribing in perioperative period

15. Basic Principles of Adverse Drug Reactions

16. Adverse Drug Reactions – Management and         Prevention

 17. Adverse Drug Reaction - Reporting

VII. Therapeutic Groups

VIII. Therapeutic Groups

IX.  Elective Modules

29. Prescribing Antimicrobial rationally for common conditions

30. Dermatology Disorders

31. Prescribing for ENT disorders

32. Prescribing for Ophthalmological Disorders

33. Prescribing in Asthma and COPD

34. Prescribing for Community Acquired Pneumonia & Symptomatic cough management

35. Common Gastrointestinal Disorders

36. Common Ps​ychiatric Conditions (Anxiety, Depression)

37. Common Psychiatric Conditions (Schizophrenia, Bipolar Affective Disorder)

38. Epilepsy, Dementia and Migraine

39. Rheumatoid Arthritis and Gout

40. Prescribing in Palliative and End of Life care

Course Highlights 

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