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VKN 19: Integrative Health

VKN 19: Integrative Health

Virtual Learning Centre (VLC) has been actively running weekly online NIMHANS ECHO more than TWO year. The mission is to expand the capacity to provide best clinical practice care for Addiction & Mental Health (A&MH) among health care professionals and assess the outcome in India. The Project ECHO, US is the intellectual partner of this initiative.

The heart of this NIMHANS ECHO model is its hub-and-spoke knowledge-sharing networks, led by expert team of NIMHANS who use multi-point videoconferencing to conduct weekly virtual training with community health care providers i.e., Doctors, Public Health experts, PG Trainees etc. In this way, doctors, nurses, and other clinicians learn to provide excellent specialty care to patients in their own communities. The health professionals present clinical case and seek clarifications regarding standard management. This is followed by a didactic lecture by subject expert.  The learning happens both from the NIMHANS team as well from their own peers. This LIVE (Synchronous) sessions are integrated with an e-Learning module certification for participants.

At this point there are 700 health care professionals including medical colleges have partnered to this free of cost knowledge sharing platform. Approximately 15 classrooms and 50  individual health professionals participate in this weekly LIVE video conference (synchronous) based sessions. NIMHANS ECHO has been acknowledged by ‘Prime Minister Maan ki baat’ as well as in ‘Mental Health Innovation Network’.

We have also initiated monthly NIMHANS ECHO in the area of Psychiatry Rehabilitation (monthly 4th Friday) and Perinatal Psychiatry (monthly 3rd Friday). This interactive online program is accessible in any internet enabled devices including smart phone and tablets.

This initiative is on sharing best clinical practice, up-to-date knowledge and developing learning loop in Addiction Mental Health by Virtual Learning Centre (VLC), NIMHANS ECHO, Organized by Centre for Addiction Medicine (CAM), Department of Psychiatry, NIMHANS, Bangalore.

VKN NIMHANS ECHO FORUM (right side): You can ask any question or send your suggestions in this forum.​ We will take it up with experts during the LIVE NIMHANS ECHO sessions. The videos of ongoing Modules are as follows:

1) “Ayurveda”  on 2nd August, 2016

    Resource Speaker: Dr. Kishore Kumar R, Research Officer, Regional Ayurveda Research Institute for Metabolic Disorder, Bengaluru

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2) “Yoga” on  9th August, 2016

     Resource Speaker: Dr. Sneha J.K, NIMHANS.

Chair Person: Dr. Shivarama V, Addl. Prof. of Psychiatry, NIMHANS

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3) “Naturopathy”  on 16th August, 2016

     Resource Speaker: Dr. Naveen GH, Assistant Professor, Health and Yoga Therapy, Chennai

     Video available at:

4)  “Mindfulness” on 23rd August, 2016

     Resource Speaker: Dr. Basant Pradhan, Director, Y-MBCT, NJ, USA

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5) “Neurobiology of Meditation“on 30th August 2016

Resource Speaker: Dr. Sanjay Garg, Consultant Psychiatrist, VIMS, Kolkata

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1) e-Certificate of participation (Soft copy) will be issuing only for >75% participation in the live tele-health​ video sessions along with duration.
2) Certificate of successful completion of online module (Hard copy) will be issuing only for >75% results in completion of ONLINE module quiz . Please visit “My Module” to complete certificate module.