DM in Pediatric Nephrology: NMC issues guidelines

New Delhi: Through a recent release, the National Medical Commission released the guidelines for the Competency Based Postgraduate Training Program for DM in Pediatric Nephrology. The guidelines describe in detail the subject-specific learning objectives, as well as the syllabus and teaching methods of the DM Pediatric Nephrology course

The syllabus outlines in detail including the examinations of the kidneys, treatment modalities ranging from dialysis to transplantation, pharmacology, as well as psychological and ethical issues describing the practical skills to be developed during the course

Further, the teaching and training methods outline in detail the training a physician must undergo in the three-year period, highlighting the components of Mandory, elective training, and even the elements of the logbook to be kept by the physicians. Other academic elements such as Journal Club/Review, Seminars/Topic Review, Conferences, etc. are also mentioned in detail. In addition to information on assessment parameters, it also outlines

The primary goal of the training program for DM in pediatric nephrology is to develop clinicians who have acquired the operational skills, professionalism and knowledge necessary to lead a pediatric nephrology service, including dialysis and kidney transplantation. The program includes 36 months of training and is designed to provide the DM students with the necessary experiences to develop the knowledge and skills to function as an independent pediatric nephrologist and meet the requirements as mandated by the Medical Council of India.

“While nutritional status and immunization coverage have improved over the past three decades, chronic non-communicable diseases involving different systems are now becoming a leading cause of childhood mortality and morbidity. There is an increasing demand for specialized care for children with chronic diseases. Children with kidney disease are often diagnosed and referred in the late stages of the disease, most of them are not treated appropriately due to a lack of expertise and lack of diagnostic and therapeutic infrastructure,” the course’s preamble reads.

“There has been phenomenal progress that has revolutionized the treatment of children with kidney disease. However, children with kidney disease in our country have been largely denied the benefits of advanced medical treatment. In order for pediatricians to provide optimal treatment for these children, it is special training and in-depth knowledge are necessary.It is imperative to provide appropriate facilities for appropriate and relevant training in pediatric nephrology to promote the growth of the specialty in the country.The training should emphasize preventive aspects, early diagnosis of common diseases and their optimal management with available resources, including dialysis and transplantation,” added the preamble:

Eligibility for Admission: MD in Pediatrics


The aim of the course is to produce a competent specialist in the field of pediatric nephrology:

1. who is capable of treating the health needs of patients in the specialty and providing secondary and tertiary care?

2. who can practice the specialty ethically,

3. who is aware of contemporary advances and developments in this field,

4. who must acquire a spirit of scientific inquiry and is oriented to the principles of research methodology and epidemiology, and

5. who has acquired the skills to teach medical and paramedical professionals.

A. Objectives:

The objectives of the training program are to enable the student to:

1. To develop a scientific approach, based on the understanding of the pathophysiology and epidemiology of pediatric renal disease,

2. Provide primary, secondary and third-line care to children with kidney disease,

3. To acquire the skills for emergency management in unstable children with kidney problems and to provide renal care to critically ill children in the intensive care unit,

4. Implement a follow-up plan for children with a chronic illness,

5. Able to work in a team with intensivists, pediatricians, pediatric surgeons and others to provide comprehensive care for children with kidney disease,

6. The ability to set up and manage an independent Pediatric Nephrology department, including dialysis,

7. To develop adequate communication and advisory skills,

8. Recognize the importance of family, society and socio-cultural environment in the treatment of the sick child with kidney disease,

9. Review and analyze literature, seek evidence and apply it in clinical practice,

10. Develop basic research skills and conduct research projects in the field of pediatric nephrology, and

11. Develop basic teaching skills and be able to train undergraduate, postgraduate, nursing and allied health personnel regarding the care of children with kidney disease.

Click on the following link to read the guidelines in detail: for DM Ped Nephrology 11/22/2017.pdf

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