IHM Newsletter edition 2, August 21st 2015





Dear IHM graduates

We do hope that you all are well and your work is developing positively and we are happy to send you with this the 2nd IHM Newsletter. In the last 2 months IHM was very active in several markets and new co-operations have been started and fixed. See later first details on that.

So you can see, that the quality and professionalism of IHM´ s educational programs are more and more internationally recommended and the great medical network is growing steadily. We are happy to have you all as an important part of this network in our family and we hope that you can keep this network active and alive. Together we all can help much more in our world than being alone.


First of all many thanks to all of you who sent us back the feedback questionnaires.  We are really thankful and happy that you all were obviously very satisfied with the courses and the trainers in almost all components. Over all 19 issues we asked you to grade the courses you gave a 4.54 (5 points is the best). We also really appreciate the critical feedback which pointed out, that most of the participants, equal in Dubai and in China, would prefer to do the practical training if possible on real patients. Especially this feedback we see as a real motivation to put more focus on this. As you can imagine it is not that easy to get real patients who agree to be treated in courses, but we hope that we can be more successful on this issue in the future. Of course we will concern ourselves with all mentioned possibilities to improve the courses, even if we reached such a great result.  What makes us especially happy is, that in the questionnaires the repliers mentioned in average that the courses have a pretty strong influence on the daily work (3.6), on the quality of the daily work (4.0) and very motivating is the improvement on the occupational career (4.0). Three issues where the external influence is very strong and although many of you see these improvements very positive.

See here the average results in detail:

Question av. Grade
Organisation of Training 4,30
Schedule 4,30
Care during organisation 5,00
Met my expectations 4,50
Practise orientation 4,40
Interesting topics 4,90
Duration 4,10
Presentation 4,40
Trainer performance 4,90
Content 4,70
In Practise  
How important was the info for the work with my patients 4,70
How relevant was the info for my knowledge of Lymphedema 4,80
Brought this course an impact on the treatments in my clinic 4,30
Did I change treatments after this course 4,30
Did the new skills improve the quality of my treatments 4,50
did this course improve my occupational career 4,50
Average  Organisation 4,53
Average  Training 4,56
Average  "in practise" 4,52
Average total 4,54


University Course “Complex Decongestive Therapy” in cooperation with FH Joanneum Graz

In our last newsletter we announced the next activities concerning our international University Course “Complex Decongestive Therapy” in cooperation with FH Joanneum Graz. To give you an overview what this is all about, figure 1 shall illustrate the structure of the university course. There are 3 modules, which need to be completed successfully, in order to obtain academic certification for lymphedema therapist according to European treatment standards. As theory and practice are equally important, the course contains both elements in well-balanced manner. The best candidates can apply at the University to become a certified trainer (lecturer and therapist CDT). 


 The next IHM courses that will be held in autumn 2015 will take place in Graz, Austria at the following dates:

•         07.10.2015 - 10.10.2015 – module 1 in Graz/ Austria;

•         12.10.2015 – 16.10.2015 - module 2 in Graz/ Austria

Module 1: Principles of Lymphedema I (CDT)” in cooperation with the FH Joanneum (University of Applied Sciences, Graz, Austria). The course will be held in Graz from the 7th to 10th October 2015 and will focus on theoretic background as well as on practical training exercises featuring manual lymph drainage and compression therapy. The course contents will be presented by our European experts, Dr. Walter Döller, Dr. Petra Auner-Gröbl und Mr. Stephan Harmos de Hyhalom, who bring in their extensive knowledge in the field of lymphedema. The participants will be from all over the world. We welcome new students from Turkey, Middle East, China and Austria in our network.

Module 2: Principles of Lymphedema II”.

We will host Module 2 in cooperation with the FH Joanneum (University of Applied Sciences, Graz, Austria). The course will be held in Graz, Austria as well from the 12th to 16th October 2015 and will focus on deepening theoretic background as well as on practical training exercises featuring manual lymph drainage and compression therapy. We are proud to welcome our candidates from China and Middle East, who successfully completed Module 1 and qualified themselves for Module 2.


There is a global shortage of healthcare professionals. Developing nations across the globe experience much more dire situation compared to western nations. Though India produces a large number of healthcare professionals, there is a significant number who migrate to other countries seeking better living conditions, remuneration, and higher training. In fact, India is the largest exporter of medical professionals in the world. 
In terms of the future, India has several advantages. India has a very large young workforce. There a large number of medical, nursing, and allied health schools training hundreds and thousands of professionals every year.
Though this potential is huge, there is a very important disadvantage Indian professionals face. Their skill levels vary tremendously, from pathetic to world class, across different educational institutions. This makes it difficult for Indian as well as overseas employers to be sure about the skills of the employee that they recruit. Though there are standards and accrediting institutions, they do not get enforced uniformly. One of the reasons why India is lagging behind in health indicators is that geographic variation in the availability of health facilities and skilled professionals. Some parts of the country have very poor access to health facilities comparable to the situation in Sub Saharan Africa.

The other major problem is the lack of skills and upgradation of a large number of professionals who are already in practice for many years. Most of them do not have an opportunity or access to credible and evidence based educational programs or skills enhancement training. Most of the upgradation for doctors comes from pharmaceutical companies, which may not always be unbiased. 

The only way to improve skill levels of professionals is to design skill based courses and make sure that competency levels in these skills are monitored and signed off. Short courses ranging from couple of days to couple of weeks is ideal for those already working in various settings. For those in a formal educational program it is best if the institution invests in a skill and simulation laboratory. Such a lab could also train working professionals on a periodic basis. These skilled professionals will then be able to provide much needed care as well as improve the overall health of the nation.

IHM International, with its offer of certificate and diploma courses aims to do just that – improve the skills of healthcare professionals, thus making a difference to the health of the nation.

Dr. Varghese Philip


The IHM is very proud to announce that we have now fixed an official co-operation with the Russian health ministry in developing and leading health management courses in Russia.
The first project is about professional cast training which will start in the near future in St. Petersburg. In our future Newsletters we will keep you shortly updated on this and also on the further very interesting new projects that we are actually developing in other countries.


During the last weeks we were able to fix a further co-operation in Iran, where the IHM will start in October with the first course “Complex Decongestive Therapy – Module 1: Principles of Lymphoedema I (CDT)”. From October 13th to 16th in Teheran the first IHM CDT course will be held through Dr. Döller and Mr. Harmos.  About 25 doctors and physicists are registered for this course already and we are really looking forward with great pleasure for the first CDT course in Iran.