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Schooling the cadre

Fellowships for doctors and training programmes for nurses are a critical component of the Tata Trusts cancer care programme, the intent being to build a corps of skilled professionals who can serve the underserved. The need for such professionals is acute, given the low cancer specialists-to-populace ratio in India and the challenge of finding talented medical personnel willing to take up jobs in smaller cities and towns. The Trusts have in place an exhaustive sourcing mechanism for this purpose, with oncology fellowships and certificate programmes for professionals at apex partner institutes, and customised courses to cross-skill and up-skill nurses and technicians.

 A team of doctors, fellowship programme incumbents among them, after completing the first surgery at SVICCAR
A team of doctors, fellowship programme incumbents among them, after completing the first surgery at SVICCAR
Nursing programme trainees at a classroom session in Ranchi in Jharkhand
Nursing programme trainees at a classroom session in Ranchi in Jharkhand
 A screening initiative for jail inmates in Chandrapur in Maharashtra (doctors in the fellowship programme were part of organising team here)
A screening initiative for jail inmates in Chandrapur in Maharashtra (doctors in the fellowship programme were part of the organising team here)
Two fellowship programme doctors going through patient reports
Two fellowship programme doctors going through patient reports
A fellowship programme doctor with a patient
A fellowship programme doctor with a patient
Nursing fellowship incumbents examine a person at an outreach camp in a village near Tirupati
Nursing fellowship incumbents examine a person at an outreach camp in a village near Tirupati
Nursing fellows get ‘application training’ on an echocardiogram machine
Nursing fellows get ‘application training’ on an echocardiogram machine
 A demonstration for nursing fellows of Ryle’s tube insertion and feeding (this enables access to the stomach and its contents)
A demonstration for nursing fellows of Ryle’s tube insertion and feeding (this enables access to the stomach and its contents)
Nursing fellows assisting the doctor during a surgical procedure
Nursing fellows assisting the doctor during a surgical procedure
 A senior nurse in a discussion with fellowship nurses
A senior nurse in a discussion with fellowship nurses