Monthly Archives: July 2015

Naomi Fray!

Before i begin into the details of the course and how it has changed me , i must add a special post for a special person. Naomi Fray , the Programme Administrator was the first contact for me at the course and what a wonderful person Naomi is!

If there is anyone who describes the epitome of being helpful, there is none other than Naomi Fray. It was only because of her , that i got into the course hassle free. She has been there all along , helping and guiding me at every single point.

Anyone who is interested to do the course must get in touch with Naomi through email Naomi.fray@uct.ac.za

Why Palliative Medicine?

My first experience in Palliative Medicine was during my residency years when as Junior Regsitrar in Radiation Oncology in a prestigious institute (Madras Medical College) , the drive and focus is more on learning Curative Medicine.

On attending a small workshop on Palliative care , I started to think that it deals with more people who are dying and is the last hope when everything else fails.That was the last time I ever thought of palliative medicine as a branch of interest for me to dwell further.

Fast forward to December 2014 ,reading about the course in University Of Cape Town , South Africa , I started to realise it is more to deal with people who are ‘living’ rather than people who are ”dying’.

I needed answers to know how can the terminally ill patients and their relatives be better taken care of.

‘Quality of Life’ is the single most important sentence that got me to take the course.

Ever since the known existence of human beings , we have all bee ┬ádoing things with single end point in mind and that is “How can we improve the Quality of our Life?”. It holds true for all the activities we do whether it is to brush our teeth or buy that new gadget in the market.All with one purpose and belief that it will improve the Quality of our Living.

That is what is so good about Palliative Medicine , it is a Holistic Inside -Out Approach to a patient !