Distance Fellowship in Diabetes Management (DFID)

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The total adult population (20-79 years) in the world as of 2021 is 5.37 billion and an estimated prevalence of diabetes among them is 10.5%. Globally, the expected rise among the adult population (20-79 years) in 2045 is 6.43 billion and the projection for the prevalence of diabetes among them is expected to rise to 46%. India ranks number two in the population of diabetics with 74.2 million in 2021, which is expected to rise to 124.9 million in 2045 (International Diabetes Federation Diabetes Atlas, 10th Edition, 2021, pp: 32-37). Though the cost burden to the nation is not exactly known, the morbidity and mortality of this condition are now comparable to tuberculosis. Diabetes prevalence has also been rising more rapidly in middle- and low-income countries. WHO projects that diabetes will be the 7th leading cause of death in 2030. While the complications associated with diabetes can be extensive, this disorder can be treated and its consequences avoided or delayed with diet, physical activity, medication, and regular screening and treatment for complications.

A physician can be trained in the effective management of diabetes, to be able to offer a “single-window integrated diabetes care”. The Department of Endocrinology, Diabetes & metabolism along with the Distance Education Unit at CMC, Vellore offers this type of training on a blended learning platform, without having to displace the physician from his/her place of practice. By offering this type of integrated care, the patient does not have to go to a tertiary care institution or to an endocrinologist, preventing expenditure on a chronic disease that has the potential to adversely affect their income.


At the end of this program the candidate will be able to:

  • 1. Systematize a preventing and promoting health care approach for diabetes mellitus.
  • 2. Describe in detail the diagnosis of diabetes mellitus and all its complications.
  • 3. Start a diabetic clinic on a regular basis with the aim of closely monitoring the patients.
  • 4. Choose with sophistication the various modalities of treatment including oral and diabetics and insulin.
  • 5. Identify and manage the various complications of diabetes including hypertension, cardiac, renal, neurological & feet related complications.
  • 6. Refer appropriately to cardiac, renal or surgical centers.
  • 7. Develop a functional team to handle an integrated diabetic clinic.


Admission for this year is closed.   Application for the next batch will be available by the end of December 2023.

Eligibility Criteria
  • Doctors with MD/DNB in General Medicine/Internal Medicine/ Family Medicine
  • Doctors who have completed the Post Graduate Diploma in Family Medicine (PGDFM) or M.MED in Family Medicine from CMC Vellore
  • Doctors with MRCGP
  • Doctors with MDGP (General Practice) from Nepal/ FCGP from SAARC Countries
  • Mission Hospital Doctors with any Post Graduate Degree.
Program Details
  • Entrance Exam: No
  • Course Duration: 1 Year
  • Course Fees
  • Indian citizens residing and working in India- Rs.90,000/-
  • Non Residential Indians/Foreign Nationals- US$2500
  • Citizens of SAARC Countries other than India- US$1600
  • No. of Seats: 75
Course Components
  • This is a distance program of 1 year duration.
  • 25 problem based interactive modules (compiled in 4 volumes of text books), in self learning format.
  • 19 DVD Lectures by CMC expert faculty on Diabetes Management
  • Two contact programs during the course period of one year, both to be held at CMC Vellore (1st contact program for 6 days consisting of clinical and classroom teaching and 2nd contact program for 3 days with intensive hands-on training)
  • Four assignment modules
  • Project work
  • Training of Diabetes Educator / Counsellor- This is a mandatory requirement for doctors who are residing and working in India.
Application Fee Details for DFID
  • Indian citizens residing and working in India- Rs.1000/-
  • Non Residential Indians/Foreign Nationals- US$60
  • Citizens of SAARC Countries other than India- US$30
  • Please note that the course fee or application fee cannot be refunded or transferred to another course.

For admission / enquiries please contact info@cmcdistedu.org / dfid@cmcvellore.ac.in / Tel No. : +91 - 416 228 5601

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