16 July, 2024

Regional Centre


Post Doctoral Certificate in Dialysis Medicine (PDCDM)

Minimum Duration: 1 Year
Maximum Duration: 2 Years
Minimum Age: No bar
Maximum Age: No bar


MD/DNB in Medicine or Paediatrics (Relevant PG Medical qualifications will be considered in case less number of applications are received fulfilling the eligibility criteria i.e . Geriatric Medicine, Anaesthesia, Critical Care medicine, Emergency Medicine, Respiratory Medicine and Tropical Medicine)



In a country of 1.2 billion, we have less than 1000 qualified Nephrologists. Every year more than 240,000 Indians (200 people per 10 Lac of population) go into Chronic Renal Failure (CRF). Because of acute shortage of qualified medical experts in dialysis medicine/kidney diseases, most of these patients are not diagnosed in time and suffer irreversible kidney damage.


With a view to bridge this gap, School of Health Sciences, IGNOU has developed a one year Post Doctoral Certificate Programme in Dialysis Medicine for Physicians & Paediatricians with MD/DNB qualification in collaboration with the Directorate General of Health Services, Ministry of Health & Family Welfare, Govt. of India. The programme has been launched from July 2012 in 10 programme study centers across the country.


Programme Objectives


After completion of this programme, a student should be able to:


  • Imbibe comprehensive knowledge on basics of nephrology as related to haemodialysis, peritoneal dialysis and renal transplant;
  • Create temporary vascular access at the time of need;
  • Dialyze patients (both stable and unstable) adequately and safely on long-term basis and anticipate potential complications ; and
  • Recognize and handle emergencies related to dialysis and take bedside decision for management.


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