Training and Academics
INDIANS (IPS-South Zone & NIMHANS Digital Initiative for Academic & Nurturing Skills)
This is an initiative by NIMHANS in collaboration with the south zone of the Indian Psychiatric Society – South Zone and was inaugurated on 8 June 2019. This is an online teaching initiative comprising weekly sessions of 1 hr each, through a multipoint video conference platform. The training focuses on psychiatric subspecialties using didactic classes and case-based learning. Initially, the program had 645 psychiatry residents pursuing MD/DNB/DPM and 471 practicing psychiatrists got registered for the INDIANS program. At present the sessions are broadcasted live on the YouTube channel of NIMHANS which has more than 2,670 subscribers majority of whom are psychiatrists. The views of the YouTube channel have seen a substantial hike in the year 2020 following the COVID pandemic, highlighting the increased utilization of technology-based learning platforms. The number of views in 2019 was 3,347 and in 2020 it was 29,461 views. This online program was present before Covid-19 became popular and was able to increase the number capacity building activities during the lockdown.
National Medical College Network
The Ministry of Health & Family Welfare, Govt. of India initiated the green field project on ehealth with the purpose of e-Education and National Rural Telemedicine Network for e-Healthcare delivery. National Medical College Network (NMCN) was thus formed as a part for interlinking the Medical Colleges across the country for this purpose. In 2018-19, Telemedicine Centre NIMHANS began collaboration with the Ministry and has involved in the providing e-Education on mental health to all colleges included in the network. The Centre coordinates with National Resource Centres and Regional Resource Centres for weekly online classes by Faculty and Senior Residents from the Depart of Psychiatry that streams live as well as recorded on public domain for future views. High speed optic fibre-based internet bandwidth has been deployed for the smooth broadcast of these services under National Knowledge Network Project in as many as 150 medical colleges around the country. The centre has successfully completed 1 batch with the 2nd batch ongoing since June 2021.
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