Indian Medical Pharmacologists Association (IMPA) is an association for medical pharmacologists to interact and disseminate the knowledge of clinical pharmacology and therapeutics.IMPA is the only association exclusively for MD/DM/DNB Pharmacologists/Clinical Pharmacologists in India. This is formed by a team of young and dynamic MD pharmacologists with the guidance from the senior pharmacologists. IMPA registered under the Tamilnadu Societies Registration Act: Regn.no #173/2014.
The idea to form IMPA struck in my mind when I attended the World Congress of Clinical and Basic Pharmacology (WCP) 2014, Capetown, for which I was given registration and travel bursaries by IUPHAR, to present my research papers on Type 2 diabetes. There I felt an immense need of change in the way that pharmacology is being currently taught to the students, both under graduates and post graduates. Later in the year when I attended a workshop on Pharmacogenomics at JIPMER 2014, for which ICMR had sponsored JIPMER, Puducherry to train candidates in the field of molecular biology and pharmacogenomics, I was taken aback to know that a total of 200+ participants, 20 per year for 10 years, have been trained in India and still pharmacogenomics remains an elusive dream than a reality. It was then I felt that there was a need to impart clinical case based teaching using case based discussions, pharmacokinetics knowledge for promoting rational prescribing, implementing centres for therapeutic drug monitoring and pharmacogenomics laboratories in all government and private hospitals. Further, I decide to use the term “Bedside Pharmacology”, which means extrapolating the knowledge about drugs from the bench to bedside. As how bedside medicine/surgery is being taught at the clinics, bedside pharmacology should be taught during the practical hours. This needs a lot of revision and updated in the current content and the method of teaching. And these changes cannot be brought by a single person. Thus IMPA was started by a group of likeminded MD Pharmacologists to bring about a change in the current pharmacology practice.