Background Since its inception in 1987, undertaking the ‘Cardiff Diploma/MSc’ has helped develop many Palliative Medicine specialists, teachers, service leaders and researchers both within the UK and Internationally. With annual financial support, first awarded in 2006, from the Commonwealth Scholarship Commission, doctors from India have been supported to undertake the Cardiff University MSc in Palliative Medicine.
Objectives This survey looks to quantify the impact of undertaking the Cardiff University Palliative Medicine Diploma or MSc on Indian doctors’ practice.
Method All Indian alumni were invited to complete a short, 10-question, anonymous on line survey. Response rate was 61% (n=37). Respondents were asked to score (0–100) the impact the MSc had on their clinical, teaching, management/service lead, and research roles. As a measure of impact respondents were also invited to give details of any publications and special interests subsequently developed.
Results On a scale of 0–100 (zero to high impact) average collated self-scored impact of undertaking the MSc in Palliative Medicine were; clinical role 82% (50–100); teaching role 82% (30–100); management/service lead role 68% (20–100) and research role 74% (35–100).
Over 50 journal publications, 20 International poster presentations and several conference workshops were listed as a result of MSc work.
70% of respondents had developed a special interest as a result of undertaking the Diploma/MSc.
Conclusion 10 years on it would seem that the Cardiff University MSc has had significant impact. Future plans include collaboration with the India alumni, to roll out further teaching and training material and to develop international research between the Cardiff team and India.
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