Published On: Fri, Dec 6th, 2019

P&G Health launches PANACHE for India’s Gen X doctors – a first-of-its-kind platform to assist medical students on all-round knowledge of healthcare

Bangalore, December 06, 2019: Procter & Gamble Health Limited (formerly known as Merck Limited) today announced the launch of PANACHE – a first of its kind platform to support India’s Gen X doctors in their medical education journey. India has over 65,000 medical students enrolled in 450 medical colleges, amongst whom 30,000 post graduate students will soon enter the professional world. Intended to supplement their core medical curriculum, PANACHE aims to assist students in honing crucial skills for holistic patient care viz medico–legal aspects, ethics, role of technology, emotional intelligence, decision making, good communication, teamwork, problem solving and leadership among others.

822 students are from Karnataka, which constitutes 34% of the 10,200+ students who have already enrolled for PANACHE nationwide. Speaking about the initiative, Milind Thatte – Managing Director, Procter & Gamble Health Limited stated, “As India increases access to healthcare, patient expectations of care are rising. Today’s doctors require multiple competencies for good practice. P&G Health’s PANACHE goes beyond sharing medical expertise for any therapy area, to help equip the doctors of tomorrow with holistic skills that encompass all aspects of clinical practice. We are very thankful to the renowned medical expert panel, who worked with us to design the PANACHE program to ensure it covers the most relevant skills and topics, and to the Heads of Medical colleges who are partnering with us to take this program to students across the length and breadth of India.”

Participants from more than 250 colleges across 130 cities will go through 2 rounds of online quiz assessments culminating in a live quiz for the final round at the APICON 2020. All participating students will have access to tutorials and learning resources on, as well as workshops conducted by leading experts on medico-legal guidelines, and patient-doctor interaction. Top 3 PANACHE winners will be offered a scholarship for further education by P&G Health.

Underscoring the vital need in Bangalore for such a program, Dr. Srinivasa S., MBBS, MD (Paed), FIAP, Professor and HOD of Paediatrics, Kempegowda Institute of Medical Sciences (KIMS), Bangalore said, “The skills and topics tested by PANACHE have immense practical value. Patients today are increasingly empowered and come prepared to discuss and evaluate various options towards better health. Providing care is not just about diagnosing and treating diseases, but also about leading patients through a journey of sound management and adherence to a plan. Any platform that helps today’s students build these requisite skills will help drive better care for patients.

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