The Indian Rheumatology Association

The Professional Organization of Rheumatologists and other Health Professionals in India

Fellows' Corner

GrantsX

A. IRA Grants X

IRA research grants 2019

In view of increased funding for research the IRA will now award research grants

  • 5 for DM/DNB residents* (1 lac each)
  • 2 for MD residents* (Rs 50,000 each)
  • 2 for summer project during MBBS* (Rs 25.000 each)
  • 2 for IRA members who are not trainees (Rs 2 lacs each)

A 3-4 page summary of your proposal, with brief review of literature, key question (s), novelty in the project, brief methodology, feasibility (patient enrollment and lab facilities etc), budget and 10 key references need to be sent to the secretary, IRA. Last date April 15, 2019.

Grants with more than 4 pages write up and with budget exceeding the one written will not be considered

  • All students need to submit a letter from head of department regarding their enrollment in course (start and finish date to be mentioned)

Persons who have received a grant from IRA earlier are not eligible to apply

B. APLAR Grants X

Submission of application for Grants and Fellowship has closed

C. APLAR | ASPIRE Education Grant - 2nd Circulation X

Dear Member National Organizations Presidents and Secretaries

The APLAR-ASia-Pacific Initiative for Rheumatology Nurse Education (APLAR-ASPIRE) curriculum comprises a series of educational modules on rheumatology care. These were developed with nurses in mind by a working group of leading rheumatologists and rheumatology nurse specialists. Currently, three core training modules pertaining to rheumatoid arthritis are available:patient assessment; treatment and self-management education; and disease monitoring and followup care. These modules have been reviewed and endorsed by the APLAR Education Committee.

At the launch of the APLAR-ASPIRE Education Grants last year, we have had some MNOs who have benefited from the program. Positive feedback was gathered and hence would like to encourage MNOs who are yet to apply for this grant to do so this year. The APLAR-ASPIRE Education Grants aim to improve rheumatology patient care through quality medical education. These grants are available specifically to support educational activities relating the ASPIRE core training modules.

Two types of awards are available:

1. APLAR-ASPIRE Education Grant I
SGD 1000 will be awarded to support the organization of small meetings with atleast 20 participants

2. APLAR-ASPIRE Education Grant II
SGD 2500 will be awarded to support the organization of larger meetings with atleast 50 participants

Rheumatologists, nurses, hospitals, healthcare centres, academic institutions, professional associations, patient societies, research bodies with an interest in rheumatology are eligible to apply. Please complete the application form and submit it to us at secretariat.aplar@gmail.com at least 8 weeks before your event. All applicants will be notified regarding their applications about 2-3 weeks from the date of submission. Please note that only one application can be received from each MNO/Institutions per year.

Please click here for more information about the APLAR-ASPIRE Education Grants.

FellowshipX

A. IRA International Travel Fellowships X

IRA will award 5 travel fellowships (2 for APLAR (Rs. 30,000 each), 2 for ACR (Rs. 50,000 each) and 1 for other meeting (maximum of Rs. 50,000) to members less than 40 years of age who have a accepted paper to attend international rheumatology meetings. The priority would be in order of oral paper, poster, quiz etc. The last date of application is 15 June for APLAR and 15 August for ACR meeting. For the remaining meeting the application can be sent after abstract acceptance.

All applications should be sent to the secretary IRA secretary.ira@gmail.comwith an email copy to president.ira@gmail.com.

IRA Members less than 40 years of age who have a accepted paper can apply.The priority would be in order of oral paper, poster , quiz etc

Selected candidates will need to submit original air tickets along with boarding pass at the time of reimbursement. They will also require submitting a short summary of APLAR / ACR experience.

Documents required:

  • Application for travel fellowship
  • Abstract Acceptance letter
  • Birth Certificate

B. Indian Rheumatology Association UG Fellowship X

Indian Rheumatology Association, though Indian Journal of Rheumatology has an undergraduate Rheumatology fellowship program. The program will encourage UGs to undertake rheumatology research projects and will support them with these fellowships. The completed projects will be presented at the annual rheumatology conference of Indian Rheumatology Association (IRA).

All under-graduate medical students from both government and private institutions are eligible to submit a proposal for consideration. A panel of judges will review research proposalsBased on the recommendations of this panel, the award will be given to the 05 best proposals. Each fellowship will carry a grant worth Rs 5,000.

Last date of submission of proposal: 31 March

Please send project proposals to: injorheumat@gmail.com.

C. ARA - APLAR Scholarships X

APLAR Scholarship 2019

Click here to download brochure

D. The ACR/IRA International Fellows Exchange Program X

  1. Program Description:
    The ACR/IRA International Fellows Exchange Program was established in 2016 with the goal of providing opportunities for a foreign medical graduate visiting the United States to: observe clinical rheumatologic care of patients; gain a basic overview of the American medical system; and establish relationships with colleagues and mentors that will support his/her in their medical and research career.

    The program recognizes outstanding work of rheumatology fellows in both laboratory and clinic- based research, and provides exposure to the exciting work being done by colleagues in other countries. This exchange program allows participants to share knowledge and experience, and creates opportunities for collaboration. In addition, the program fosters the alliance between ACR and IRA and assists in identifying future leaders within both organizations. In 2019, the program will support one exchange observership in India, and one exchange observership in the US.

  2. Program Overview:
    • Each VISITOR spends four-weeks at an observership at a host institution in the US or India
    • Each VISITOR will receive complimentary registration for the ACR/ARP Annual Meeting (including a pre-conference course)
    • Each VISITOR will receive complimentary hotel accommodations in the city of the ACR/ARP Annual Meeting: Atlanta, GA in 2019
    • Each VISITOR will receive a reimbursement of up to $6000 USD for travel, housing and incidentals for the duration of the exchange program
    • Each VISITOR will receive a complimentary one-year ACR membership
    • ACR and IRA will each contribute up to $3000 USD towards a travel reimbursement for each VISITOR
  3. Eligibility for exchange program:

Who is Eligible?
Trainees who are:

  1. An MD or MBBS Fellow trainee in a formal rheumatology training program, or within 5 years of completing a rheumatology fellowship
  2. Below the age of 40 years (exceptions require a formal request)
  3. Able to communicate effectively, both orally and in writing, in English and/or the primary language of the host country
  4. Able to obtain the necessary visa to participate in the exchange

To Apply:
All candidates must provide the following:

  1. CV with photograph and brief (300 words or less) bio for publication
  2. Personal statement that includes how the exchange will help the applicant’s career plans; what the applicant brings to the program; what they hope to bring back to their home institution
  3. Area(s) of special interest (at least two)
  4. Letter of recommendation from Program Director/Supervisor that includes a formal statement about the applicant’s: 1) Professionalism; 2) Scholarly ability; 3) English language skills
  5. Ranking of host institutions

Duration and Timing:
Four-week training activity at an academic institution in the US or India prior to attending the 2019 ACR/ARP Annual Meeting in Atlanta, GA from November 7-13, 2019.

Evaluation:

Each fellow will be required to complete a program evaluation that includes a brief report.

Last date is 20th May 2019

Successful ApplicantsX

Edited By

Dr Chengappa KG
Jipmer, Puducherry

A. Bursaries X

Introduction:

As young researchers, we often hesitate to go to reputed international conferences despite our work being accepted for presentation. The huge financial burden that is often associated with these travel plans are undoubtedly the chief deterrents, and rightly so. But being young is a great advantage as there are numerous options to explore for funding for conferences. This section will provide you with an overview of various funding options available. It does need a lot of efforts but "no gain without pain". Remember you cannot obtain funds from two agencies for the same conference and/or research work.

ICMR Travel Grants

Name of the funding agency: ICMR (Indian Council of Medical Research)

Who is eligible?

Age:  No age limit for non-ICSU (International Council of Scientific Unions ) sponsored events; <35 years for ICSU sponsored events

Criteria:              

  • An accepted paper for presentation or an invitation to Chair a Session with a lectureor as a Keynote Speaker.
  • The theme of the Conference/ Seminar/ Symposium/ Workshop should be related to the thrust areas/ activities of ICMR. (Application to merely attend annual meetings of professional Societies will notbe considered).
  • The applicant should have published research papers in indexed journals
  • The applicant should not have availed of financial assistance from ICMR in the last three financial years.
  • The application should be forwarded through proper channel and must reach ICMR two months prior to the date of the Conference/ Seminar/ Symposium/ Workshop. Letter of acceptance, sanction received late, also must be submitted at least three weeks before the event.
  • Special waiver may be given to those applicants, who are Chairpersons, Keynote Speakers if their applications are submitted within one week of receiving the invitation for the programme. For young scientists also waiver could be considered in case of specific awards of registration, accommodation and any other outstanding category and application should be submitted within one week after receipt of the notification (Necessary documentary proofs to be attached). In both cases applications must be received at least two weeks before the Conference/Symposium, etc. Also, if any request is received from the MOH&FW, it should reach the ICMR at least two weeks before the Conference with the recommendations giving full justifications

Amount covered: Up to full reimbursement of the actual return airfare in economy class by Air-India + VISA fees and conference registration.

What are the aspects covered by the funding: Full excursion class air fare by shortest route, airport tax and visa fees. Registration fee is provided to young scientists in addition to the above support (max. of Rs 1,50,000/-)

When do you get to know that the funds are approved?

About four weeks before the commencement of the Conference

When do you get the funds? (Before/ During/ After) After the conference(after submission of claim documents)

Are the funds directly paid to your account? Yes

How early should you apply for this grant?

  • The application must reach ICMR at least two monthsprior to the commencement of the event.
  • Letter of acceptance, sanction received late, also must be submitted at least three weeks before the event.
  • Special waiver may be given to those applicants, who are Chairpersons, Keynote Speakers if their applications are submitted within one week of receiving the invitation for the programme. For young scientists also waiver could be considered in case of specific awards of registration, accommodation and any other outstanding category and application should be submitted within one week after receipt of the notification (Necessary documentary proofs to be attached). In both cases applications must be received at least two weeks before the Conference/Symposium, etc. Also, if any request is received from the MOH&FW, it should reach the ICMR at least two weeks before the Conference with the recommendations giving full justifications.

How to apply:

Website/ Link to the application: https://icmr.nic.in/content/international-travel-non-icmr-scientists

Enclosures

  • The following documents must be attached with the application.
  • One copy of the completed application in the prescribed format and biodata of the applicant.
  • A copy of letter from other national/international agency committing to bear partial cost of travel (the document must be flagged).
  • Letter of Invitation from organizers.
  • Detailed announcement of the Conference (photocopy of the announcement to be attached).
  • Letter of acceptance of Paper for presentation and/or invitation from organizers to Chair a Session/participate as a Keynote Speaker.
  • Abstract of the Paper to be presented by the applicant at the Conference.
  • A Certificate from Air India including the cost (`) of return air fare by Economy/Excursion class by the shortest route

Do you have to submit a brief report towards end? Yes

How much is the usual time taken to process the funds? 2-3 months after the date of conference

How long do we need to wait if we wish to reapply to same funding agency? Three years

Comments/ Tips to increase success rate:

  1. Apply early
  2. Presenters with papers accepted for oral presentation are given preference
  3. ICMR funded projects are given preference
  4. Mention how attending the event/presenting the paper (and hence, representing India on an International Platform) would be beneficial

Unlike DBT and DST grants, The application completed in all respects together with enclosures needs to be sent to

The Director General,
Attention: Dr. N. C. Jain,
Scientist-G & Head,
Division of Human Resource Planning & Development (HRD),

Indian Council of Medical Research,
V. Ramalingaswami Bhawan,
Ansari Nagar, New Delhi-110 029.

Note : You can’t avail funding from two Govt institutes for a same conference or paper.

Your Name: Vikas Gupta, Avinash Jain

Email ID (optional): vikasg86@gmail.com, avinashjain@outlook.com

IRA Travel Bursary

Name of the funding agency: Indian Rheumatology Association (IRA)

Who is eligible?

Age:  Less than 35 year

Criteria: a) Original Research b) First author of best ten abstractsget the bursary

Amount covered: Travel, Registration and Stay

What are the aspects covered by the funding: as stated above

When do you get to know that the funds are approved?Four to eight weeks before the commencement of the conference

When do you get the funds? (Before/ During/ After) – A team from IRA will connect with you and get all the arrangements done.

Are the funds directly paid to your account? IRA team will take care of the booking, stay and registration unless you have done it on your own. In that case, reimbursement can be claimed.

How early should you apply for this grant?At the time of abstract submission, there will be an option if you wish to apply for bursary.

How to apply:

Website/ Link to the application – It is a part of Indian Rheumatology National conference and is a part of abstract submission process.

Documentation needed – None but an abstract!

Do you have to submit a brief report towards end?No

How much is the usual time taken to process the funds?It is taken care of beforehand.

How long do we need to wait if we wish to reapply to same funding agency?You can reapply for the next conference unless chronological age catches up with you

Comments/ Tips to increase success rate: Be original!!

Your Name: Avinash Jain

Email ID (optional) – avinashjain@outlook.com

DBT Travel Grant

Name of the funding agency:DBT (Department of Biotechnology)- CTEP[Conference, Travel, Exhibition and Popular Lectures] division

Who is eligible?

Age:  No age limit; Those less than 50 years given preference

Criteria:              

  1. An accepted paper for presentation as a single or lead author.
  2. Applicant should be an active scientist/ researcher engaged in research and development and promotion of biotechnology. Scientist below the age of 50 years would be accorded preference. Minimum educational qualification should be Post Graduate in Science or bachelor’s degree in engineering/ Technology or equivalent qualification.
  3. Investigators/Co-Investigators of DBT supported projects/ programmes, Chairmen and Expert Members of the various Task Forces, Biotechnology Research Promotion Committee, SAC - DBT are also eligible to apply.
  4. Senior Scientists/ faculties working in Pay Band - 4 would be provided travel support only if they have Oral paper presentation.
  5. The scientist should not have availed financial assistance for travel support from Govt. in the last three financial years.

Amount covered: Up to full reimbursement of the actual return airfare in economy / excursion class by Air-India.

What are the aspects covered by the funding: Airfare

When do you get to know that the funds are approved?2-3 months before the date of travel/conference

When do you get the funds? (Before/ During/ After)After the conference(after submission of claim documents)

Are the funds directly paid to your account?No

How early should you apply for this grant?12-24 weeks before the date of conference

How to apply:

Website/ Link to the application: https://www.dbtctep.gov.in/staticApply.htm

Documentation needed

The following documents are required to be uploaded while submission through online portal:

  1. Letter of Invitation from organizers giving particulars such as acceptance of paper for Oral or Poster presentation.
  2. Announcement of the conference/ Seminar/ Symposia.
  3. Abstract of the paper accepted for presentation along with letter of its acceptance by the organizers.
  4. No Objection Certificate from Co-authors (if any) that they are not attending the said conference.
  5. In case the applicant is not the lead author, a certificate from the lead author indicating the circumstances of deputing the applicant to present the paper.
  6. Certificate of estimation of fare for shortest route from Air-India. If the tickets are booked through Air-India or Govt. approved enterprises (1.Balmer Lawrie & Co. Ltd (http://www.balmerlawrie.com/); 2. Ashok Travels & Tours ( http://www.attindiatourism.com/)), in case of any increase/ decrease in fare vis-a-vis the estimated fares, fares will be paid by DBT on actuals.
  7. A copy of letter regarding commitment from any other national or international agency, for any financial assistance, full or partial for travel, registration, per diem etc.
  8. Approval/ Forwarding letter from the Head of the Organisation/ Department.
  9. Certificate from the applicant that he/she has not availed travel support from any government organisation in the last three financial years from the date of application.

The Department upon selection will initially issue a sanction letter indicating the amount of the grant. The sanctioned amount subject to actuals will be released to the scientist only on his/her return to India after participation in the conference and on submitting the following documents:

  1. Claim Sheet for reimbursement of Travel grant for presenting research papers in International Conference/ Seminar/ Symposium/ Workshop.
  2. Report on Participation.
  3. A copy of Air India ticket with original boarding passes.
  4. A Certificate of participation at the Conference from the organizers.
  5. Other travel support received for the trip.
  6. Entitlement certificate for inland travel.
  7. The air passages are to be booked through the National Carrier, i.e. Air-India, as the case may be. EVEN TO PLACES WHERE AIR-INDIA FLIGHTS DO NOT OPERATE, the passage is to be booked THROUGH AIR-INDIA only. If the tickets are not purchased from Air-India or Govt. approved enterprises ( 1. Balmer Lawrie & Co. Ltd (http://www.balmerlawrie.com/); 2. Ashok Travels & Tours (http://www.attindiatourism.com /), the grant will be restricted to the following slabs.
    1. America, Australia, Canada, South Africa Rs. 60,000/- for full ticket.
    2. Europe, China and Russia Rs. 40,000/-
    3. South Asian Countries Rs. 30,000/-
  8. The applicant will be required to submit a certificate from Financial Advisors (in original) of the Ministries/Departments to accord exemption for air travel, both domestic and international, by airlines other than Air India along with the Claim Sheet

  9. In case, grant from other agencies had been applied, copy of acceptance or rejection, as the case may be, is required to be enclosed with the Claim Sheet. In case, grant was sanctioned but not availed, a copy of the letter from the sanctioning agency may be enclosed otherwise a letter from the Head of the Institution certifying that the grant although sanctioned but was not availed may be enclosed (in original).
  10. Duly verified Bank details of your organisation (Name as per bank records, bank name, branch name and address, account no, nature of account, IFSC code and MICR Code) may please be attached.
  11. Do you have to submit a brief report towards end?Yes

    How much is the usual time taken to process the funds?6-12 months after the date of conference

    How long do we need to wait if we wish to reapply to same funding agency?Three years

    Comments/ Tips to increase success rate:

    1. Apply early
    2. Presenters with papers accepted for oral presentation are given preference
    3. Basic work is given preference over clinical work
    4. Mention how attending the event/presenting the paper (and hence, representing India on an International Platform) would be beneficial

    Application needs to be submitted online. No hard copies are to be sent.

    Your Name: Vikas Gupta

    Email ID (optional): vikasg86@gmail.com

    DST Travel Grant

    Name of the funding agency:DST(Department of Science & Technology)- SERB [Science & Engineering Research Board] division

    Who is eligible?

    Age:  No age limit; Less than 35 years for those seeking financial assistance for attending training programmes and short-term schools/workshops/courses

    Criteria:              

    1. Applicant should be an active Indian researcher engaged in R&D work in recognized academic institutions or research laboratories in India.
    2. The applicant should have an invitation for presenting an original scientific paper. Similar invitation is required in the case of young scientists (<35 years) attending training programmes such as short-term courses, summer/winter schools, workshop etc.
    3. The applicant should not have availed financial assistance under this Scheme during the last three years.
    4. The scientific event should be of an international character. Invitation of personal nature such as for carrying out post-doctoral work, informal training programmes/courses, internship, observer-ship etc. will not be eligible for support.
    5. Applicant must have obtained Master's degree in Science or Bachelor's degree in professional courses from a recognized University by the time of submission of application

    Amount covered: Economy class air-fare by shortest route, airport-tax and visa fees. Registration Fee is provided to young scientist in addition to the above support.

    What are the aspects covered by the funding: Economy class air-fare by shortest route, airport-tax and visa fees. Registration Fee is provided to young scientist in addition to the above support to a maximum of one lac rupees.

    When do you get to know that the funds are approved? 1-2 months before the date of travel/conference

    When do you get the funds? (Before/ During/ After) After the conference(after submission of claim documents)

    Are the funds directly paid to your account? No

    How early should you apply for this grant? 60-90 days before the date of conference

    How to apply:

    Website/ Link to the application: https://www.serbonline.in/SERB/HomePage.do

    Documentation needed

    1. An endorsement letter duly signed and stamped by competent authority of the institute.
    2. A copy of letter of acceptance of the presenting paper (oral/poster) by the organizers.
    3. A copy of the abstract of the paper to be presented. Please be sure to include name of all the authors, authors' affiliated institutions with full address and title of the abstract.
    4. Biodata with complete list of Scientific / Technical publications and Patents, if any.
    5. Application Stage:

    6. Endorsement by the Head of the Institution
    7. Certificate by the Applicant including Event Benefits 
    8. Bio-data of the Applicant
    9. Acceptance Letter from the Organizer
    10. Abstract(s) of the paper(s) to be presented
    11. Event Details
    12. Event Details
    13. Date of Birth Certificate
    14. Event Benefits
    15. Financial Support from Other Sources

    16. Claim Reimbursement Stage:

    17. Claim Form 
    18. Bank Account Details 
    19. Air/Rail/Bus/Others tickets
    20. Cash Receipt of Air Ticket
    21. Boarding Passes
    22. Visa Charges
    23. Registration Receipt
    24. Participation Certificate
    25. Certificate(s) for amount received from other sources
    26. Civil Aviation Permission Letter
    27. Any other(Miscellaneous Upload)
    28. Duly verified Bank details of your organisation (Name as per bank records, bank name, branch name and address, account no, nature of account, IFSC code and MICR Code) may please be attached.

    Do you have to submit a brief report towards end? No

    How much is the usual time taken to process the funds? About 6 months after the date of conference

    How long do we need to wait if we wish to reapply to same funding agency? Three years

    Comments/ Tips to increase success rate:

    1. Apply early
    2. Presenters with papers accepted for oral presentation are given preference
    3. Basic work is given preference over clinical work
    4. Mention how attending the event/presenting the paper (and hence, representing India on an International Platform) would be beneficial

    Note : You can’t avail funding from two Govt institutes for a same conference or paper.

    Application needs to be submitted online. No hard copies are to be sent.

    Your Name: Vikas Gupta, Avinash Jain

    Email ID (optional): vikasg86@gmail.com, avinashjain@outlook.com

    CSIR

    Name of the funding agency: CSIR, New Delhi

    Who is eligible?

    1. Applicant should be an active Young Indian Researcher (Ph.D. Student, Research Associate, resident Doctor, etc.) and Emeritus Scientist / other non-regular researcher engaged in research and development.
    2. Minimum educational qualification should be Post Graduate in Science or Bachelor degree in Engineering/Technology/ medicine or equivalent qualification from recognized university / institution.
    3. The Applicant should not have availed financial assistance for travel support from CSIR in the last 3 years.
    4. Applicant should have published paper(s) in refereed journals.
    5. Applicant should have an accepted paper for presentation as a single or lead author or has received invitation to chair a session or as a Keynote Speaker at the event.
    6. Application form must reach CSIR-HRDG at least 2 months in advance but not more than 4 months in advance. Incomplete / Late application form may not be considered.
    7. Application must be signed by the candidate and by duly authorized signatories at the academic institution where the applicant is working. No application would be entertained without signature of the authorized signatories in the column provided.
    8. The candidate is expected to attend the entire conference / event

    Age:  Below 40 years

    Criteria: Poster/oral presentation/chair a session or as a Keynote Speaker at the event

    Amount covered: 50% to 100% of air fare/total fare

    What are the aspects covered by the funding : Air fare only. Air travel should be taken only with Air India and booked through Air India website or through government of India approved travel agents namely viz. M/s Balmer Lawrie & Company, M/s Ashok Travels & Tours and IRCTC as warranted under Govt. of India.

    When do you get to know that the funds are approved? A month before departure

    When do you get the funds? (Before/ During/ After) After

    Are the funds directly paid to your account? No, institute account

    How early should you apply for this grant? 2 months

    How to apply:

    Website/ Link to the application: http://csirhrdg.res.in/tg_NEW.htm"

    Documentation needed: Detailed in link

    Do you have to submit a brief report towards end? Yes

    How much is the usual time taken to process the funds? 1.5-2 months

    How long do we need to wait if we wish to reapply to same funding agency? 3 years

    Applications need to be sent to In-charge, Symposia and Travel Grant Unit, CSIR Human Resource Development Group, Room 302, CSIR Complex, (Opposite Institute of Hotel Management), Library Avenue, Pusa, New Delhi – 110012, India

    Phone: 011-25841037

B. Exchange Programme and Fellowship X

This section of the website will help fellow residents to share and learn the procedure of exchange programme. This should not only apprise them of the ongoing programmes but also help them to learn how to apply. Applying is just the first step. There are multiple difficulties faced starting from visa to accommodation and expenses and the list is quite extensive. This will serve as a platform to reach the candidates who have availed this fellowship as their experiences and tips will be valuable. You can write your queries directly to the concerned person or to indianrheum@gmail.com as this will help us to update the sections in a timely manner and put up all the queries/FAQs here.Let's share, help and work together.

ACR-IRA Exchange programmeX

Name of the programme: ACR-IRA International Fellows Exchange programme

Duration of the programme: 4 weeks

Dates when programme/fellowship was availed: 4 weeks prior to ACR in Sep-Oct’18 (it may be 4 weeks after the ACR as well).

Your name and email address(optional): Debanjali Sinha and deban.s@gmail.com

Funding organisation and funds provided: Fifty percent each from ACR and IRA. Maximum of 3000 USD from ACR. The rest from IRA.

When do you get the funds? (Before/ During/ After)After

Are the funds directly paid to your account? Yes

Place/ hospital of the fellowship/programme: Chicago/ University of Chicago Medicine

What does the programme offer:

Give a brief overview:

From Kolkata to the windy city: The IRA-ACR International Exchange Program

The American College of Rheumatology (ACR)- Indian Rheumatology Association (IRA) International Fellows Exchange Program was developed in 2016 to foster scientific collaboration between members of the ACR and junior rheumatologists representing the IRA.

Background

In regards to my background, I trained in Rheumatology from the Institute of Post Graduate Medical Education and Research, Kolkata, India for 3 years from 2015 to 2018. I learned about this exchange program partly from the IRA website and partly from my mentor, Prof. Alakendu Ghosh. Through this award, I could travel to Chicago for a month from September-October 2018 and rotate in the Rheumatology Section at The University of Chicago and was followed by attending and presenting an abstract at the ACR annual conference.

I was able to work with diverse attendings at Chicago and was impressed by the approach of the entire health-care team to the patients and their families. I witnessed how the physicians would patiently listen to their concerns and how every minute aspect of diseases and management plans would be explained to the patients.  I had the opportunity to discuss the approach to each patient with the faculty and fellows and learned a lot from this dialogue. 

            The University of Chicago runs subspecialty focused clinics. These focused clinics gave me the opportunity to delve into nuances of specific disease states and management options. I was also part of the team looking at consults from different departments. These cases were not only interesting, but also a bit of a challenge, having to deal with difficult cases that were referred from different departments.

The ACR Conference

I attended the ACR annual conference and participated in the fellows in training programme.

I had submitted a poster on “ Assessment of treatment responses, with special reference to Remission using Juvenile Arthritis Disease Activity Score (JADAS) in the different categories of Juvenile Idiopathic Arthritis” and was able to present my research to the ACR community at the national meeting. This gave me the opportunity to exchange ideas that will allow me to  expand my project.

  1. What did you gain (4 points):
    1. Passionate dealing with the concerns of patients and patient parties, which we lack in our busy outdoors.
    2. Approach of diagnosing and treatment options in the US, which are many a times different from ours.
    3. Participation in the ACR conference, which was truly enriching, getting to hear directly from the experts.
    4. An opportunity to present a poster in the prestigious ACR conference, which otherwise would not have happened.
  2. What could you have done better (4 points):
    1. Some involvement in their research section, which we really lack in our scenario, though 4 weeks is too little for that.

Was the funding enough/ did you get alternative sources? Yes/no

How to apply: I had to submit a CV along with personal statements regarding how this exchange program will be enriching my future career plans, to the IRA secretory.

What is the age limit? 40 years

Do you have to submit a brief report towards end? Yes

How did you manage accommodation and food? Accommodation through Airbnb.

Do you suggest anything/ anyplace that should not be missed?

What are the collaboration options you got from this visit?

VISA information:

https://in.usembassy.gov/visas/

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Name of the programme:

IRA ACR exchange programme 2017

Duration of the programme:

4 weeks

Dates when programme/fellowship was availed:

Oct 2017

Your name and email address(optional):

Latika Gupta

drlatikagupta@gmail.com

Funding organisation and funds provided:

IRA ACR

When do you get the funds? (Before/ During/ After)After

Are the funds directly paid to your account? Yes

Place/ hospital of the fellowship/programme:

University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia

What does the programme offer:

  • What did you gain (4 points)
    • Perspective on how to manage patients in an insurance base economy
    • State of the art care
    • Varied exposure to specialists with focussed interest in different rheumatic diseases

What could you have done better (4 points)

None

Was the funding enough/ did you get alternative sources?

Not entirely enough, not availed

How to apply:

Link provided on advertising website- through email

What is the age limit?

No idea

Do you have to submit a brief report towards end?

No

How did you manage accommodation and food?

By self

Do you suggest anything/ anyplace that should not be missed?

That’s a matter of personal prerogative

International House for accommodation is a safe recommendation

What are the collaboration options you got from this visit?

Numerous

VISA information: (Provide weblinks and/or specific information that helped you during the VISA process including type of visa)

VFS India

APLAR fellowshipX

Name of the programme: APLAR fellowship

Duration of the programme: 6 months

Dates when programme/fellowship was availed: June- Nov 2017

Your name and email address(optional): Abhra Chandra Chowdhury

                                                                        abhracnmc@gmail.com

Funding organisation and funds provided: APLAR , 14000$

When do you get the funds? (Before/ During/ After) $13000 after supervisor sent joining report

                                                                                          $1000 after submitting report to APLAR

Are the funds directly paid to your account?  Yes , needed to create bank account in the country you are visiting

Place/ hospital of the fellowship/programme: Musgrave park hospital , Belfast , UK

What does the programme offer:

  • Give a brief overview

    The program provides funds for training/observership in a centre chosen by us. The supervisor as well as the institute should accept the proposal. Duration is 6 months. This is not a fellowship strictly speaking as we don’t get a formal certificate of training.

  • What did you gain (4 points)

    Hands on experience in pediatric musculoskeletal ultrasound

    Observing how pediatric rheumatic diseases are managed in NHS

    Brief glance into how NHS works

  • What could you have done better (4 points)

    If I would have been able to go to an academic centre/research centre , I could have learnt much more systematically. I had gone to a hospital where ultrasound is being done as part of routine clinical practice, so was not always supervised.

Was the funding enough/ did you get alternative sources? Funding is enough

How to apply: Advertisement comes out in APLAR website as well as on www.indianrheumatology.org. Last date usually in beginning of march. Need to apply with relevant documents to APLAR.

What is the age limit? 40 years or less

Do you have to submit a brief report towards end? Yes

How did you manage accommodation and food? From the grant.

Do you suggest anything/ anyplace that should not be missed? See addendum

What are the collaboration options you got from this visit?

VISA information: (Provide weblinks and/or specific information that helped you during the VISA process including type of visa)

I had major problem in getting visa. I had applied initially to GASLINI INSTITUTE which is one of the world’s best institutes for pediatric musculoskeletal imaging, who had accepted my proposal. However the Italian  consul general refused my visa saying that they do not recognize observership. Subsequently I had toreapply to a different institute in UK and this time I got easily.

Addendum:

1. Identify your mentor and institute at least 8-12 months before (that gives you adequate time .There can be delays for reasons which we can’t even guess)

2. Write a research proposalor plan of work(APLAR site now mentions general outline of the clinical and/or research work .When I had applied they wanted a research proposal ). Get it sanctioned by your mentor – this can take quite some time as people abroad takes time to reply to mails.

3. Get all documents ready from your institute and IRA

4. Send them in time to APLAR and wait for the results(usually comes out in May-June)

5. Finalize your dates for the fellowship

6. Find out visa requirements for the country you want to visit. For UK requirement is not much.For Italy or other Schengen countries getting a long term visa for 6 months may be really difficult. You might need to get your certificates verified from the institutes or states which can take several months.Then the certificates needs to be translated in the language of the country you want to visit and then certified bythe consul general. All these can take 3-4 months or even more.

7. Apply for visa on time-again there can be unseen delays – for UK its easy but for Schengen countries you may be asked to appear for interview. Your visa can get rejected for unforeseen reasons even though you have all documents from the institute; you might have to reapply.

8. It is also important to find out other requirements from the institute. You may need police clearance (I had to apply over mail to Belfast police dept and the clearance came after one month by post- as they refused to send it by email). In US some centres asks for proof of vaccination. If you don’t have one , you may need antibody titres.Some of the UK centres may ask for occupational health check-up for which you can apply only after going there –there can be a 1-4 week waiting time during which you will need to be in UK and simply wait to get a date.

9. Its good if you can find out some contact in the city where you are going- you will need help to find accommodation, opening bank account etc. Can take help of Facebook or ask friends who are already there.

10. Once your visa is approved , it’s time to buy tickets.

11. Its important to take several copies of your important documents and passport sized photographs as photocopy machines maynot be very widely available as in India.

12. Its better to find a friend with whom you can stay from India itself or else book an airbnbaccommodation from India itself.

13. Once you arrive there meet your supervisor and ask him/her to send a joining report to APLAR.You will also need to open up a bank account as APLAR money will come there.This can take up to a month, so you will need money to sustain yourself till that time

14. Try to find accommodationquickly,as airbnb can drain your bank balance fast. Take help from your supervisor, other members from the department , even nurses-all can give you suggestions.There is usually a reference check for getting accommodation.Getting accommodation for 6 months can again be tough sometimes as people prefer to rent their houses for a year. If you are alone university accommodation may be available in some places.

15. Once you have got accommodation and  APLAR money, you can relax. Make use of your time. In UK, OPDs usually runs maximum 4 days a week or even less. Then your supervisors can go on conferences, long vacation etc.Make sure you know about his/her schedule from the department secretary.Make proper use of your time. Try to visit speciality clinics in other hospitals in your area-again your supervisor can help.

16. Try to attend workshops, courses, study days, conferences once you are there.

17. Last but not the least don’t forget to travel and enjoy different places especially in weekends. There is usually plenty of time.

BEST OF LUCK FOR APLAR FELLOWSHIP

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Name of the programme:

ARA APLAR fellowship 2018

Duration of the programme:

2 weeks

Dates when programme/fellowship was availed:

May 2018

Your name and email address(optional):

Latika Gupta

drlatikagupta@gmail.com

Funding organisation and funds provided:

ARA

When do you get the funds? (Before/ During/ After)After

Are the funds directly paid to your account?Yes

Place/ hospital of the fellowship/programme:

Royal Children’s Hospital, Melbourne

What does the programme offer:

It provides attachment to a unit with stay arrangements for 3 days post conference

What did you gain (4 points)

  • Unique perspective on care of young patients in a setting where human QOL is highly valued, unlike in the developing world
  • Problems faced in such settings0- such as high prevalence of juvenile fibromyalgia
  • Importance of physiotherapy
  • State of the art care and procedures in young children

What could you have done better (4 points)

Spent more time there!

Was the funding enough/ did you get alternative sources?

Not entirely enough, not availed

How to apply: ARA website

What is the age limit?No idea

Do you have to submit a brief report towards end?No

How did you manage accommodation and food?

Stay was booked by them

Travel by self

Do you suggest anything/ anyplace that should not be missed?

That’s a matter of personal prerogative

What are the collaboration options you got from this visit?

A few

VISA information: (Provide weblinks and/or specific information that helped you during the VISA process including type of visa)

VFS India

India Institute Fellowship, University of BirminghamX

Name of the programme: India Institute Fellowship Scheme under University of Birmingham (UoB)

Duration of the programme: Six months

Dates when programme/fellowship was availed: September 2018 to March 2019

Your name and email address(optional): Avinash Jain, avinashjain@outlook.com

Funding organisation and funds provided: India Institute

  • Economy-class international airfares up to £850
  • A monthly stipend of £1500 for up to six months to contribute towards living expenses and accommodation. In exceptional cases, longer fellowships may be approved, but a very strong case with clear outcomes will be required.

Please note:

Visiting fellows are expected to cover their own visa feetravel and medical insurance, and other domestic travel expenses incurred during their stay.

When do you get the funds? (Before/ During/ After) Tickets are being done by the India Institute beforehand and living expenses are provided after landing on the first working day. You will get a debit card with a top-up after subtraction of accommodation charges (Around 1000pounds). You can take out cash before handing over the debit card to the institute before leaving. There are generally no charges on using in ATMs especially the ones that mention Free cash. They may warn you that charges “MAY” be deducted. You can use it unless a message on ATM screen is displayed with charges that “will” be deducted. The debit card does not have WiFi features, so it is important to carry a credit card from India with Wifi enabled features as it will be needed for traveling on buses which are now WiFi enabled or you need to buy online tickets on the mobile App and get the tickets scanned. If you plan to stay longer, you can open an account in HSBC which is easiest and get a local currency card. You can carry a multi-currency card from India as you may need it for a day or two if you land on a non-working day and wait for the debit card to be given to you on a working day. But remember, even these cards are not Wifi enabled.

Are the funds directly paid to your account? As far as travel is concerned, either they book it for you or you get reimbursement directly transferred to your accountwhen you mail them the reimbursement form with the copy of ticket(s). For your monthly expenses, you will receive a debit card on arrival, as mentioned above.

Place/ hospital of the fellowship/programme: Institute of Clinical Sciences, UoB

What does the programme offer:

  • Give a brief overview

The fellowship scheme aims to:

  • promote research collaboration between leading groups in Birmingham and India through supporting joint projects
  • develop individual capacity through international training and development opportunities
  • build sustainable and long-lasting partnerships and collaboration between the University and institutions in India

The first step is to collaborate with an international faculty/department at University of Birmingham and write a project with them. This is followed by an application for the fellowship. For instance, I did a project on Impact of Rheumatoid arthritis on employment in India with Dr.Kanta Kumar at Institute of Clinical Sciences, UoB. Fellowship involved a training period where I got trained in qualitative methods and data analysis for qualitative design. This was followed by the recruitment of patients in India and eventually ended with data analysis and understanding aspects of behavioral medicine.  

What did you gain (4 points)?

  1. Learneda  new method of research and certain aspects of behavioral medicine
  2. Understanding the work culture
  3. Collaborative work and understanding the concepts of the impact of research
  4. Rotation in clinics helped me understand the holistic approach and the importance of teamwork towards patients

Was the funding enough/ did you get alternative sources? Yes, it was. No, you don’t need alternative resources for the study period. Rest it depends on the non-academic activities taken up by you.

How to apply:

The application should be submitted by the visiting fellow, with an endorsement from the relevant academic line managers in both institutions, including confirmation from the host institution that they will host the visiting fellow for the duration of their stay.

Applications are open all year round and will be considered on receipt.

Completed applications should be sent to UoBIndia@contacts.bham.ac.uk.

For further details - https://www.birmingham.ac.uk/International/global-engagement/india-institute/fellowship-scheme.aspx

What is the age limit? None

Do you have to submit a brief report towards the end? Yes

  1. How did you manage accommodation and food? Options for Accommodation are given by the India Institute but you can choose on your own. Easiest and best are - Asbury Overseas House and Wesley International House. -  http://www.bish.org.uk/wesley-house/. It takes 20-25 minutes’ walk depending on how lazy or active you are. In the UK, with such pleasant weather, surprisingly you will find yourself active even if you weren’t!! It is the best place to stay as there is a common kitchen to cook with almost all the utensils, microwave, oven, etc, etc and unbeatable WiFi for Youtube (cooking videos). There is an entertainment room, common dining room, library, Lawn tennis court, pool table. You get to meet students from various countries and background.

Do you suggest anything/ anyplace that should not be missed? Enjoy the weekends. There are multiple places to visit and tours being organized by UoB for students. Use this tour as these are cheaper. Also, remember to buy two-way tickets as they are cheaper. There are options of getting relatively reasonable entries through 2 for 1 offer. Check out the website before you book your train tickets in case you are not using the organized tours from the university

VISA information: I got a copy of recommendation for the type of VISA by UoB which was helpful. Visa can be applied from VFS which have multiple branches all over India.

https://www.vfsglobal.co.uk/in/en#latest-updates_o=Article%20Date,Descending

Phone and Communication

Best is to buy a local sim. Don't buy at the airport as the cost is 2 to 3 times higher unless you have no other way to communicate. Multiple options are available but I had used Lebara which gives you unlimited international and national calling for 30 days with 5 to 10 GB internet at 15 pounds. (I wish Lebara people read this and give me some commission for advertising them here) There are a lot of free WiFi options availablein most places.

Others

  1. Take an umbrella or buy one
  2. Take a Sieve if you want to make Indian style tea as you will miss that most.
  3. You will get all Indian items including Parle G and Maggi noodles! But you can pack some and take from India
  4. There are multiple 24-hour stores nearby to buy grocery, vegetable, and fruits.
  5. Do take health insurance visa for the duration of stay as it covers health expenses, flight delays, loss of baggage and many others. But make sure you keep all your tickets intact for a claim later if needed. You can compare policies and chose any intermediate plan. It can be done online in 10-15 minutes.
  6. Take one or two travel adapter(s) and in fact an extension cord is handy as well.
  7. For winters you will need overcoats, gloves as it can get very cold with the wind making it bitter
  8. Do not forget to buy Hotel and Thorntons chocolates when you come back ☺

Indo UK Exchange ProgrammeX

Name of the programme:

Indo UK travelling forum fellowship 2017

Duration of the programme:

4 weeks

Dates when programme/fellowship was availed:

Sept 2017

Your name and email address(optional):

Latika Gupta

drlatikagupta@gmail.com

Funding organisation and funds provided:

Indo UK travelling forum

When do you get the funds? (Before/ During/ After)After

Are the funds directly paid to your account?Yes

Place/ hospital of the fellowship/programme:

NDORMS, and Botnar Research Centre, Oxford , UK

What does the programme offer:

  • The Indo UK travelling forum fellowshipprovided me the unique opportunity to spend time at a center of my choice in the United Kingdom. I found myself placed at Oxford, at the Nuffield Hospital of Orthopedics and Botnar Research centre for the same. The four weeks flew amidst ward rounds, the outpatient’s clinic and research activities. It was delightful to see the organized healthcare system with ample opportunity to give complete care due to complimentary efforts from the general practitioner and the rheumatology team. The regional meets introduced me to students and faculty from London and nearby boroughs. Meanwhile, working on a training database for assessment of patients with Vasculitis with Prof Luqmani was a new challenge. 
  • The visit was particularly enlighteningwith respect to routine use of biologics, which is limited back home in my country. It was refreshing to be part of the decision-making, patient counselling, as well as assessment of patient responses in the clinic, particularly with the use of the newer agents. The diversity in diagnosis was also different to what I had seen in India, as also some differences in approach that I will carry back with me. The Botnar Research centre offered exposure to the exploratory side of medicine. Being part of the research team brought to me novel perspectives on cohort building, collaboration, data collection, and organization skills. I am certain these perspectives will be of practical assistance when I plan my own future work back in my native land.
  • Finally, I cannot but mention that the country is beautiful and I spent most weekends exploring cities and countryside alike, and sampling sumptuous British delicacies.
  • What did you gain (4 points)
    • Perspective
    • New approach to research
    • Cohort building
    • The power of collaboration
  • What could you have done better (4 points)

None

Was the funding enough/ did you get alternative sources?Not entirely enough, not availed

How to apply:Link provided on advertising website- fist two through email

What is the age limit?No idea

Do you have to submit a brief report towards end?Yes

How did you manage accommodation and food?By self

Do you suggest anything/ anyplace that should not be missed?

That’s a matter of personal prerogative

What are the collaboration options you got from this visit?

Numerous

VISA information: (Provide weblinks and/or specific information that helped you during the VISA process including type of visa) - VFS India

Online Educational CoursesX

Edited By

Dr Chengappa KG
Jipmer, Puducherry

INTRODUCTION

A resident has numerous online courses to choose from which could be extremely useful in academic growth. When the options are too many, it is easy for one to be overwhelmed and face difficulty in making choices.

This section attempts to provide them with the information of various such courses along with an objective analysis from the experts.

EULAR Online Course in Rheumatic DiseasesX

Online courses in Rheumatology and Immunology

Name of the course: EULAR Online Course on Rheumatic Diseases

Organization conducting the course: EULAR School of Rheumatology

How does it span out:

The course is entirely an online programme. It is designed for approx. 2 years of training covering 50 modules (8 of which are optional).The participants completing the 42 modules will be eligible for the online final exam which will be held on a scheduled date.Participants passing the exam will get a certificate from EULAR. If the course is not completed within two years, it will automatically extend forone more year without charge

Module structure and final exam

Each online module deals with one particular topic and contains:

  • A main text on the module top with a set of clear learning outcomes
  • Generally, two in-depth discussions expanding on relevant clinical problems with an evidence-based discussion
  • Two interactive typical clinical cases with appropriate multiple-choice questions and immediate feedback
  • A self-assessment section addresses core aspects of the module and needs to be finished (3 attempts are granted) before the next module can be started

The final examination will assess a sample of the learning outcomes from the whole course (90 questions, the chosen optional modules are NOT tested) which will last for 90 minutes. The examination is conducted annually at a given date and time period for which participants are notified well in advance.

Knowledge and skills are targeted to suit a level of knowledge appropriate for the final years of training as a rheumatologist.

Course Fee: 125 Euros

Registration time:The course starts in September each year. However, the registration is usually open till November end.

Website Link:https://esor.eular.org/

Highlights of the Course: (3-5 points)

  • It is an exhaustive course with 42 mandatory modules and 8 optional ones. The first module is on the general approach to diagnosis in rheumatology. Following modules cover all diseases in depth
  • Besides the core rheumatic diseases, there are modules on things which we tend to neglect such as clinical epidemiology, radiology, autoinflammatory syndromes, psychosomatic issues and rehabilitation.
  • We are exposed to many finer points which we do not pay attention to usually, for example, the module on glucocorticoids is beneficial for day to day patient management.

Drawbacks of the course:

  • Since there are so many modules, eventually mental fatigue sets in the mind of the reader. By the end of core rheumatology (which is probably giant cell arteritis- module 26), one becomes exhausted and tends to rush through the rest of the modules. This is unfortunate since the following modules probably are even more critical since we usually read very less about them.
  • Some of the modules are not engaging enough.

Suggestions to make the best use:

  • Though the attended audience is final year trainees, we would suggest to start it in 2nd Never try to complete it in 1 year, go slow and pay attention to all modules.
  • The modules make for excellent references as well. Try to reread a module once while managing a patient of that disease.
  • A second reading would be beneficial and bring out many of the nuanced points as well.

For more details - https://esor.eular.org/

Above course was availed by Dr.SajalAjmani, sajalajmani@gmail.com

PG Diploma in Musculoskeletal USGX

Online courses in Rheumatology and Immunology

Name of the course: MSK Expert in USG (PG Diploma)

 Organisation conducting the course: UCAM (Catholic University of Murcia, Spain) and MUS (Musculoskeletal ultrasound society, India)

 How did I come across this course?

Was informed about this course while attending MSK-USG workshop

 How does it span out?

The course consists of both the onsite training and online interaction with the faculty.   It is designed for approximately 12 months of training.

  • It is divided into upper limb and lower limb modules, each of them spanning over four days of on-site training (usually Mumbai or Delhi) followed by online interaction with the faculty
  • we are supposed to submit the scanned images of each joint/ limb region along with a project work after completion of each module
  • A theory (MCQ based) + practical examination is conducted at the end of each module
  • Only upon completion of the modules and passing of both the exams the degree is awarded

 Course Fee:Approximately 2.8 lakh INR (80k for university registration + fees) in 2016

 Registration time: For registration, MUS should be contacted. The course is usually held once in 2 years (1st - 2016, 2nd 2018 and 3rd –scheduled in 2020)

 Website Link: https://www.mus-ucam.com/about_ucam.html

  Highlights of the Course:

  • Faculty from various disciplines such as radiology, sports medicine, pain medicine delivering their expertise
  • Every joint region is approached systematically from anatomy, sonoanatomy, sonopathology and finally followed by hands-on training
  • In-depth discussion of each region
  • Sufficient time for hands-on training
  • Faculty: student ratio of about 1:6 at the machine
  • Apart from the joint and periarticular structures, scanning of the nerves, muscles are described in detail
  • The faculty assess the scanning techniques and window created of each participant in a practical session and critical inputs are provided
  • I have received the recorded videos of the upper limb module via google drive link but not that of the lower limb module
  • At the successful completion of course, you would receive graduation certificate in a convocation ceremony (usually held in UCAM, Spain)

Drawbacks of the course:

  • The high cost (although to obtain a similar PG diploma course outside of India – would cost Rs 5-6 lakh INR)
  • As most of the attendees would be radiologists, key rheumatological issues such as differentiation of gout versus RA tophi, DC sign, etc. are not addressed in detail
  • USG guided Interventions are only briefly touched upon

Suggestions to make the best use:

  • Desirable to have some basic scanning skills such as positioning the probe, identification of normal structures, machine setting adjustment to catch up with the pace of lectures and practical sessions
  • Have active interactions with the faculty, capture the images you have scanned and send it across to them. They would be more than happy to guide you for further refinement of your images
  • Spending at least 5 hours/ week for scanning would be ideal to make the best use of course

For more details - https://www.mus-ucam.com/about_ucam.html

Above course was availed by Dr.Abhishek Patil, batty1987@gmail.com

EULAR Online Course in Paediatric RheumatologyX

Online courses in Rheumatology and Immunology

Name of the course: EULAR Online Course in Paediatric Rheumatology

Organization conducting the course: EULAR School of Rheumatology

How does it span out:

The course is entirely an online programme. It is designed for approx. 1 year of training covering 10 modules.The participants completing all the 10 modules will be eligible for the online final exam which will be fixed on a scheduled date.Participants passing the exam will get a certificate from EULAR. If the course is not completed within the first year, it will automatically extend for one more year without charge

Each online module deals with one particular topic and contains:

  • A main text on the module top with a set of clear learning outcomes
  • Two in-depth discussions expanding on relevant clinical problems with an evidence-based discussion
  • Two interactive typical clinical cases with appropriate multiple-choice questions and immediate feedback
  • A self-assessment section addresses core aspects of the module and needs to be completed (3 attempts are granted) before the next module can be started.

Course Fee: 125 Euros

Registration time:The course usually starts in September each year, but the registration can be done till November end.

Website Link:https://esor.eular.org/

Highlights of the Course: (3-5 points)

  • There 2 excellent modules on Juvenile Idiopathic arthritis (JIA)- one on clinical features and the other on treatment. Since JIA is the main disorder one does not read in adult rheumatology, these modules are the highlight of the course.
  • Other modules such as those on lupus highlight the differences in clinical features and treatment in pediatric lupus compared to adult lupus. Similarly, the module on juvenile scleroderma is beneficial.
  • The module on Kawasaki disease is comprehensive and the treatment protocol chart is extremely helpful.
  • Special issues relevant for the pediatric population such as vaccination and diseases more commonly seen in pediatric population like autoinflammatory and immunodeficiency disorders are covered.

Drawbacks of the course:

  • Parts of modules on diseases we commonly see in adult rheumatology do not add much to your existing knowledge if you already have training in adult rheumatology.
  • The module on non-inflammatory causes of musculoskeletal pain needs to be improved to make it more systematic and interesting.

Suggestions to make the best use:

  • Do not rush through it. Try to pay attention to the features in each disease which are different in the pediatric population compared to the adults.
  • Modules on diseases primarily seen in the pediatric population such as Kawasaki disease require a thorough read.

For more details - https://esor.eular.org/

Above course was availed by Dr. Sajal Ajmani, sajalajmani@gmail.com