The primary objective of the program is to enhance the knowledge, skills & core competencies of primary care physicians in the identification & management of common mental disorders with following secondary objectives –

  • To develop/update a standard teaching protocol and module for evidence based learning on common mental disorders
  • To build a network of primary care physicians and specialists in the field of mental disorders
  • To regularly update the primary care physicians with the latest advancements in the field of common mental disorder

Teaching and Training Methodology

The course utilizes a variety of teaching and learning techniques. The course will be offered on modular basis with judicious mix of case-studies, interim assignments, group discussion, role plays and online sessions with pre-test & post-test along with great flexibility to accommodate participants’ queries. Complete and comprehensive learning package including printed and soft copies of modules will be provided to the enrolled participants by organizing institutions. The course content will be delivered by the renowned faculty. The course will be administered at 8 centres i.e. Ahmedabad, Bengaluru, Chennai, Delhi, Guwahati, Hyderabad, Kolkata and Mumbai

Eligibility Criteria

  • Physicians/Internal medicine specialist/Family medicine specialists
  • Primary care physicians with at least 3 years of clinical experience

Certification Criteria

Participant assessment will be done through continuous internal evaluation, course work and performance in written examination. The criteria for successful completion of the program shall be as follows:

  • Participation in all 6 virtual sessions (including the pre-test and post- test of each module)
  • Completion and submission of assigned course work (two descriptive assignments at regular intervals)
  • Appearance and clearance of final written examination in the form of 50 MCQs in an hour (Min. 50% score required to clear the examination)

The participants completing the program successfully will receive the certificate of completion jointly issued by PHFI, AHPI and respective faculty.

Course Content

Certificate Course in Common Mental Disorders is a Six modular course. The whole curriculum will contain the following broad topics –

Module 1 Introduction to Common Mental Disorders and Principles of Mental Health Care
Module 2 Depression and Suicide Prevention
Module 3 Anxiety and Psychosomatic Disorders
Module 4 Neurocognitive Disorders and Psychosis
Module 5 Alcohol and Other Substance Use Disorders
Module 6 Childhood Mental and Behavioural Disorders and Epilepsy

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