Nearly 70 million people in India have been diagnosed with diabetes and many suffer associated foot diseases. In partnership with the Tamil Nadu State Branch of the India Medical Association (IMA), the Faculty of Podiatric Medicine is piloting a blended learning course for doctors treating foot pathologies.
The course is made up of two components, the first part combines online self-directed learning and online tutorials. The second comprises a 2.5 day clinical skills course to be held in April 2018 in Chennai. A pioneering cohort of 20 IMA members completed part one in mid-December, and over the next three months, are reflecting on their learning in preparation for the clinical course.
Initiated by Professor Stuart Baird during his time as Dean of the Faculty, and being brought forward by Stuart and Vice Dean Ms Christine Skinner, the programme has been very well received. Professor Baird had the chance to meet course participants at the Annual Conference of IMA held in the southerly most point in India, Kanyakumari, on 9-10 December. At the conference, he presented a workshop on diabetic foot disease and awarded the certificates of completion of part one to successful participants. Feedback on the course was universally positive and participants strongly encouraged the College to reach out to other states in India where the need for such education is equally high.