1st year u/g students, 2nd year u/g students, 3rd year u/g students
Student Responsibilty with support from IIP and/or Host Organization
International Internship Program
About: CanSupport works to subsume palliative care approach into cancer management providing the greatest opportunity for continuing care across the trajectory of cancer and actualizing the quality of life with cancer in a meaningful and compassionate manner. Its programs are designed to help patients covering all ages and all cancers right from the day of diagnosis, across their curative therapies and as a continuum of palliative and end of life care when therapies start to fail. The support extends even after the death of the patient through bereavement and rehabilitative support to the families. To make it more effective, it uses a broad multidisciplinary approach that includes the family and makes use of available community resources; it can be successfully implemented even if resources are limited. The core of CanSupport's palliative care services are provided in the homes of cancer patients. As the end of life draws near, home is where most people want to be, in familiar surroundings with their near and dear ones close by, sharing their fears & anxieties as well as feeling secure and in control. It is also well suited to conditions in India where a family member is usually available and willing to nurse the sick person. In a resource poor environment, palliative care provided at home makes the most balanced, practical and economic sense for the individual and his family. Provision of palliative care at home is extremely pertinent as strong family support system, still very much a part of the socio-cultural environment in India, can be effectively utilized as a tool to aid the delivery of care to these patients at home. CanSupport also provides a range of supportive services which include an outpatient clinic for pain and symptom management for mobile cancer patients, a confidential helpline, peer support groups and a day care centre for children and adults undergoing treatment. It also runs short- and long-term education programs throughout India to train physicians, nurses, counselors, social workers and volunteers in the areas of breaking bad news, assessing prognosis, controlling symptoms, using opioids for pain management or helping patients with difficult decisions.
Intern Responsibilities: IIP interns will work directly under the program director and assist with the development, implementation, and maintenance of patient care. Interns will also participate in programs that benefit cancer patients and their families. There will also be the opportunity to carry out one or more of the following projects:
Palliative Care - This IIP intern will assist in carrying out and writing on research done by palliative care staff. The intern will have the opportunity to visit palliative care patients in their homes, help in data collection and in writing up the research.
Resource Facilitation - This IIP intern will assist in writing a report on resource facilitation for cancer patients.
There are a number of resources available, financial and in-kind which cancer patients can avail of and CanSupport’s social worker helps cancer patients to use them. The aim of this project is to document all the different resources available for cancer patients which can be printed in a pamphlet for public distribution.
The report will also include how CanSupport’s social worker has been able to use these resources to help cancer patients. The intern will be able to observe the social worker when she meets patients at the CanSupport centre or in hospitals
Qualifications: IIP candidates interests in pre-medical science, research and social work are encouraged to apply. Knowledge of spoken Hindi would be an asset but is not required.