Post Doctoral Certificate in Dialysis Medicine (PDCDM)

Updated on 10 Nov, 2014

Post Doctoral Certificate in Dialysis Medicine (PDCDM)

Minimum Duration: 1 Year
Maximum Duration: 2 Years
Course Fee: Rs. 50,000
Minimum Age: No bar
Maximum Age: No bar


MD Medicine/Pediatrics (other Relevant PG medical qualifications will only be considered in case less number of applications are received fulfilling the mentioned criteria)



Indira Gandhi National Open University (IGNOU) in collaboration with Ministry of Health and Family Welfare (MOHFW) has developed a one-year Post Doctoral Certificate in Dialysis Medicine (PDCDM) programme. This programme is targeted towards postgraduate medical graduates. Post Doctoral Certificate in Dialysis Medicine is an innovative Programme which aims at providing comprehensive knowledge on basics of nephrology as related to haemo dialysis, peritoneal dialysis and renal transplant. It is oriented towards training the physicians in managing hemodialysis units including stand-alone-hemodialysis Units. This one-year training of physicians in dialysis will help in building up trained manpower resource at various level of health care, as more dialysis units come up both in Govt. and Private sectors. This will ultimately help to improve accessibility to dialysis facility in various parts of the country including the northeastern states.


CourseCode     Course Name Credits 
 MCMD-001  Hemodialysis – Basics  4
 MCMD-002  Hemodialysis – Advanced  4
 MCMD-003  Peritoneal Dialysis and Renal Transplant  4
 MCMDL-001  Hemodialysis Practical - Basics  12
 MCMDL-002  Hemodialysis Practical - Access  8
 MCMDL-003  Peritoneal Dialysis and Renal Transplant Practical  4
Admission Procedure
Admission cycle of this programme is July session every year. Admission in the PDCDM Programme will be through the common prospectus of IGNOU available at all Regional Centres of IGNOU. It can also be downloaded from IGNOU website.
The programme is offered as an open and distance learning (ODL) programme. The programme package consists of printed course material in the form of blocks, Practical contact sessions, audio-video cassettes, teleconferencing, radiocounselling, and web counseling. Theory courses are to be taken up by self study of self learning material which has an in built teacher. For practical courses, the students have to undergo hands on training of specified skills in tertiary level hospitals (called Programme study centres) under the supervision of trained nephrologists as counselors. The students are attached at these centres for a duration of 6 months which could be divided into two or three spells.

Teleconferencing is a one-way video and two-way audio facility. Teleconferencing is planned for every month. During teleconferencing session, students get opportunity to ask questions through phone or fax. The resource persons/experts participating in teleconferencing sessions reply to clear their doubts.
The teleconferencing facility is available at the Regional Centres and Selected Study Centres. The monthly teleconferencing schedule is sent to the Programme In-charges and Regional Directors who inform the students. Teleconferencing is done through Gyan Darshan Channel. You can also view the teleconferencing through the educational broadcast available on home page of IGNOU Website. The students must regularly attend these sessions. These help them clarify doubts and interact with other learners all over the country.
Radio Counselling
Radio counselling is held through FM and students can ask questions free of cost with phone in facilities right from their homes. A toll free telephone number 110012345 has been provided for this purpose.
Audio-video Programme
Audio and video programmes for each course have been prepared to support learning for the students. These Audio-video programmes in the form of cassettes are available at all Programme Study Centres. These Audio and video cassettes will be provided for viewing and listening. They can also hire the cassettes for viewing and listening. The videos are also telecast through DD Metro channel and schedule is informed to students in advance.
Students are required to complete ninety percent attendance in practical contact sessions to become eligible for appearing in practical examination.
Continuous and term end assessment of both theory and practical courses is carried out.
Continuous Evaluation of Theory Component - Assignments
Assignment is a means of continuing assessment of theory and practical. These assignments consist of a set of questions and activities that a student has to answer at his own place by referring to the course material provided.Assignments helpto recapitulate the theory. Thus assignments also help to reinforce learning in distance learning system of education.The assignments carry thirty percent weightage of the theory component. 70% weightage is for the term end examination. Students are required to obtain fifty percent marks as pass percentage in each assignment separately.
Term-end Examination
Term-end examination for theory is held twice in a year i.e. in the month of June/December. There is one paper for each of the three theory courses of 70 marks each. Each paper is of 3 hours duration. A student has to secure at least 35 marks (50%) in each of the theory papers for successful completion.
A student could appear in all or any one of the three theory papers at a time. For appearing in the theory term-end examination, the student should fulfill two requisites, i.e. filling up the form in time and timely submission of assignments related to that theory paper or the papers that he/she want to appear. The theory term end examination form is available on the IGNOU website.
Continuous Assessment of Practical courses
The practical courses have 50% weightage from internal assessment and 50% from term end. The internal assessment of the practical component is done by the counsellors during the contact session/Spell located at the PSC. The counsellors make a subjective assessment of the understanding and performance of the students on every skill.
Passing in internal assessment of the practical is a prerequisite for appearing in the Term-end Practical examination. A student has to secure at least 50 marks to be declared as pass in the internal assessment component. If he/she fails to secure pass marks, he/she has to repeat all the practical activities (at PSC) of related courses after paying the required fees at the Regional Centre. The fee is same as that applicable for readmission to practical Courses.
Term-end  practical Examination
The practical term-end examination is usually held once a year i.e. in the months of June/July. If need arises it may be held twice a year.
A term-end examination is conducted for all the 3 practical courses. The Practical exam is of one day duration. Maximum of 4 students are evaluated by a set of examiners (one internal and one external). A student has to secure at least 35 marks (50%) in each of the practical courses to pass successfully. If he/she fails, he/she has to repeat the respective course/s.
After successful completion of all the six courses, a student is awarded a certificate for PDCDM programme.
RC Code
RC Name
PSC Code*
PSC Name
IGNOU Programme Study Centre
Institute Of Medical Sciences
Banaras Hindu University
0542-2369196, 2309342
IGNOU Programme Study Centre
Guwahati Medical College & Hospital
Guwahati – 781032,
Delhi- 3
IGNOU Programme Study Centre
Army Hospital (R&R)
Delhi Cantt- 110010
Tel. 23338151
IGNOU Programme Study Centre
Dr. Ram Manohar Lohia Hospital
New Delhi
Tel. 23404443/ 23365525
IGNOU Programme Study Centre
Sanjay Gandhi Post Graduate Institute Of Medical Sciences
Raebareli Road, Lucknow – 226 014
Tel. 91-522-2494000, 2668700, 2668800
IGNOU Programme Study Centre IPGMER- SSKM Hospital
244, Acharyya Jagadish Chandra Bose Road, Kolkata – 700 020
Tel. 22235181
IGNOU Programme Study Centre Postgraduate Institute Of Medical Education & Research
Chandigarh – 160012
IGNOU Programme Study Centre NIZAM’S Institute Of Medical Sciences
Panjagutta, Hyderabad – 500 082
Ph. 91-40-23489000/ 91-40-23310076
IGNOU Programme Study Centre Sir Ganga Ram Hospital
Old Rajinder Nagar,
New Delhi-110060
IGNOU Programme Study Centre Seth G.S.Medical College
KEM Hospital, Parel,
Mumbai – 400 012
Ph. 9122 24132118 
IGNOU Programme Study Centre
Muljibhai Patel Urological Hospital
Dr. Virendra Desai Road,
Nadiad- 387001, Gujarat
Proposed Programme Study Centres
RC Code
RC Name
PSC Code
PSC Name
IGNOU Programme Study Centre
Department Of Nephrology, Medical College Trivandrum, Kerala- 695011
Ph. 2443095, 244205, 2528383
IGNOU Programme Study Centre
SCB Medical College and Hospital
Cuttack Odisha
Christian Medical College, Vellore
Stanley Medical College, Chennai
*          Codes to some centres yet to be awarded


For further details, please contact the following:

E-mail: [email protected]

Phone Number: +91-11-29572849



Regional Centres: