Post-Graduate Diploma in Clinical Cardiology (IGNOU)

Our Cardiac Sciences Department at Abdur Razzaque Ansari Weavers’ Hospital, Ranchi (Apollo Hospitals Group) conducts a Diploma Cardiology course under the aegis of the IGNOU. This two-year course has both a clinical residency component and a distance education academic component.

The candidate undergoes a 24-month residency program working in the hospital. Certain hospitals in India have been identified on the basis of work-load and quality of care to be Study-centers for this course. Apollo Hospital, Ranchi has a comprehensive Cardiac Sciences department where the entire gamut of Interventional procedures (Angiography, Angioplasty, Valvuloplasty, Device-closure of congenital defects and insertion of Implantable defibrillators) and Cardiac Surgery (Coronary Bypass surgery, Valve replacements, Correction of congenital heart defects) are performed in large numbers. This is supported by an active Coronary Care unit and the latest diagnostic facilities (Transesophageal and transthoracic echocardiography, radionuclide imaging studies and stress testing). All this provides an excellent milieu for training of the Diploma students under the guidance of the Academic counsellors (Dr. Niraj Prasad, DM and Dr. Deepak Gupta, DM) who themselves pass on their valuable clinical skills to the candidates.

Simultaneously, the academic component is in the form of printed course material, teleconference programs, in-house classes and seminars. Examinations are conducted annually by the IGNOU towards the award of the PGDCC degree.

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Applications to the Course beginning in July 2009 are invited.
Eligibility: MBBS Graduates (MCI recognized)
Selection Procedure: Merit-cum-Interview
Last date for submission of applications : April 30th 2009

The detailed Student Handbook and Prospectus-cum-Admission Form can be obtained from the Regional Centre of IGNOU at Ashok Nagar, Ranchi or Public information Unit (PIU), IGNOU, Maidan Garhi, New Delhi – 110088 or can be obtained from the IGNOU Regional Centre or can be downloaded from the internet at

Program Director

Program in charge

Dr. P. D. Sinha
Medical Superintendent
ARA Memorial Apollo Hospital
Irba , Ranchi
Dr. Lalit Kapoor
Chief Cardiac Surgeon
ARA Memorial Apollo Hospital
Irba, Ranchi

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