Fortnightly Medical Newspaper
published from Pakistan

Published by
Professional Medical Publications

December 1-14, 2009


ISSN: 1026-6828





Akhtar Saeed Medical and Dental College Lahore:
A good addition to the newly established
medical institutions in the private sector


From our correspondent

LAHORE: Akhtar Saeed Medical and Dental College (AMDC) located in the South West on national highway from Lahore to Multan in calm and fascinating suburb known as Baharia Town appears to be a good addition to the newly established medical institutions in Pakistan in the private sector. It is the brain child of Dr. Farooq Saeed Khan and his colleagues. The commitment of the people behind this venture is evident from the fact that they have so far invested over fifty crore rupees and the purpose built building of the college campus with all the basic sciences departments and laboratories were completed before the college even started calling for applications for the First Year class last year. To begin with they have started the medical college while dental college will be established later. The campus also houses the Akhtar Saeed College of Pharmaceutical Sciences which is a part of this project.

Prof. Eice Mohammad
Akhtar Saeed Medical and Dental College Lahore.

A visit to the AMDC campus recently and detailed discussions with some of the faculty members including Principal Prof. Eice Mohammad and Dr. Farooq Saeed Khan Chairman AMDC and Akhtar Saeed College of Pharmaceutical Sciences (ACPS) was a fascinating experience. The college started in 2008 and it is allowed to admit one hundred students in MBBS class. The college campus has four lecture halls with seating capacity for one hundred in each which are equipped with multimedia and modern audiovisual aids. Biochemistry department has a spacious laboratory and a demonstration room for 35-40 students. Histology laboratory is equipped with thirty microscopes. Anatomy department has all the essential specimens taken from cadavers. Anatomy museum has plastic modules and a dissection hall. Pathology department has all the requisite facilities and equipment and so are the Departments of pharmacology, community medicine and forensic medicine which have their own museum.

A view of the Akhtar Saeed Medical and Dental College campus at Lahore

The college has set up a modest central library as well fully equipped with internet facility and twelve computer terminals for faculty members and the students. It has medical books, indexed medical journals and informatics laboratory. Then each department has a departmental library as well. On every Friday a CME meeting is arranged. Department of medical education is also equipped with internet facilities where planning for education and evaluation besides assessment is undertaken. It also organizes CME and CPD programmes for the faculty members in collaboration with University of Health Sciences (UHS) and College of Physicians & Surgeons Pakistan (CPSP) from time to time. As per requirements of UHS with which this college is affiliated, the entire requirements essential for affiliation have been provided.

Akhtar Saeed College of Pharmaceutical Sciences

Akhtar Saeed College of Pharmaceutical Sciences headed by Dr. Ikramul Haq PhD will admit one hundred twenty students and award D. Pharm, degree after a five years course. This section has a separate computer lab and two lecture halls with seating capacity for hundred students in each.

Dr. Farooq Saeed Khan Chairman of Akhtar Saeed Medical and Dental College (Centre) photographed along with Mr. M.Sabir Administrative officer of Farooq Hospital and Dr.Abrar Elahi Malik Medical Supdt. of Akhtar Saeed Medical and Dental College the two affiliated teaching hospitals of AMDC.

It has the departments of pharmaceutics, pharmacy practice, pharmaceutical chemistry, pharmacognosy and phytochemistry all fully equipped with appropriate laboratories. Even before the students admission Akhtar Saeed Ccollege of Pharmaceutical Sciences has provided all the basic minimum facilities for teaching and training for the pharmacy students. The campus has a beautiful auditorium with seating capacity of four hundred fifty.

Affiliated teaching hospitals

The 300-bed Akhtar Saeed Trust Hospital is the main affiliated tertiary care healthcare facility attached to Akhtar Saeed Medical and Dental College. Brig. (R) Balal Ahmed Khan is the Chairman of this Trust Hospital. It is a charitable hospital having all the specialties required for undergraduate medical education. It is governed by the Board of Trustees of Akhtar Saeed Trust. Farooq Hospital is the other affiliated teaching hospital with bed strength of seventy two. It is located in Allama Iqbal Town Lahore. It has all the modern diagnostic and therapeutic facilities including CT scan, MRI, Echocardiography, ETT, Emergency Room, and PCR laboratory with a well equipped pathology laboratory, Intensive Care Unit, Coronary Care Unit and Neonatal Intensive Care Unit.

Picture on left shows an affiliation team from the University of Health Sciences being welcomed during its visit to AMDC by the faculty members while on right Prof. Mowadat Rana and others from the UHS Affiliation committee visiting various section of the college. Prof. Eice Mohammad Principal of Akhtar Saeed Medical and Dental College is also seen on extreme left.

The board of management of Akhtar Saeed Medical and Dental College is headed by Dr. Farooq Saeed Khan who is a consultant radiologist. Other members are Dr. Fariha Farooq consultant obstetricians and gynaecologist, Engineer Brig. Balal Ahmad Khan, Engineer Khalid Saeed Khan, Malik Riaz Hussain Chief Executive Bahria Town, Dr. Abrar Ilahi Malik, Dr.Salman Ahmad Khan and Prof.Eice Mohammad is Secretary who is also principal of the college. The college is lucky to have quite a few Ph.Ds in its faculty in the basic sciences.

Goals of AMDC

Akhtar Saeed Medical and Dental College will endeavour to produce medical and dental graduates competent in cognitive and psychomotor skills as doctors possessing higher human qualities. While practicing medicine, they the college administration claims, will act as servants of the ailing humanity and prove to be beacon of hope and benevolence for the poor. These are no doubt very tall claims and how far they are able to accomplish it will be watched with interest by all those concerned. Among its other goals it is said that the college will establish standards or teaching and training of medical students comparable to international standards, have an integrated modern cognitive curriculum involving multiple teaching and learning strategies, will introduce a research culture among the faculty and students and uphold international standards of patient care which will be enforced in its affiliated teaching hospitals. The college intends to ensure achievements of clinical competence and soft skills by exposing the students to state of the art health facilities in its affiliated teaching hospitals from the very beginning. It will impart health education to the community and later on embark upon postgraduate medical education as well in the days to come.
According to Dr. Farooq Saeed Khan Chairman of AMDC the faculty members they are hiring will be joining the academic community which puts too much importance on learning and research setting highest standards and will foster independence of thoughts among the students. The students will be equipped with long learning competencies and our emphasis will be on instruction of how they learn and take the responsibilities for their own learning. We will inculcate in them critical thinking, decision making, problems solving, communication, team management and leadership qualities besides clinical skills.
Prof. Eice Mohammad Principal of the College who has earlier served as Principal in a number of public sector medical colleges hopes to establish it as a center of excellence. The medical students who will graduate form this institution, he opined, will not only be professionally competent doctors but also excellent human beings.
The college has already constructed hostels for boys and girls while another new hostel is fast nearing completion. Responding to a question Dr. Farooq Saeed Khan clarified that Akhtar Saeed Medical and Dental College has nothing to do with Baharia Town. We have just purchased land for these institutions in Baharia Town and it is located here and that is all. However, Malik Riaz the chief executive of Baharia Town is a member of the Board of Management. Replying to yet another question regarding difficulties in acquiring experienced and well trained faculty particularly in the basic sciences, Dr. Farooq Saeed Khan said that there is no denying the fact that it is a rare commodity in Pakistan. However, efforts have been made to acquire the services of well qualified and experienced faculty members. They are offered contract whereby it is ensured that no one leaves in between the session. However, in view of the increasing number of new medical and dental colleges being established, finding basic science staff is quite difficult. He was of the view that the Pakistan Medial and Dental Council as well as other government institutions should encourage and allow some percentage of visiting faculty which will ease the situation to a great extent. The PM&DC he further stated is quite receptive and helpful and listens to our viewpoint which is quite encouraging. The government he feels should encourage the private sector offering them some facilities without compromising on quality and standards of medical education. Visiting faculty is something which is being practiced by many institutions and universities at home and abroad, he added.
Prof. Eice Muhammad and some other faculty members were of the view that UHS as well as the PM&DC should undertake periodic inspection of all the medical institutions in both public as well as private sector which will help improve the situation to a great extent. Dr. Farooq Saeed Khan opined that future lies with the private sector in every field, medical and dental education being no exception. Some time ago the government had started a few admissions on self finance basis in the public sector medical and dental colleges which was a good step. It ensured availability of some funds which the institutions could utilize for further improving the teaching and training facilities but this scheme has now been abandoned. Answering another question Dr. Farooq Saeed Khan said that they were aware of the importance of bioethics and importance of communication skills. Hence, all efforts will be made to ensure that the students are provided enough exposure, teaching and training in these fields.
On the face of it, the impressive college campus gives a refreshing look and also shows the devotion and determination of the management to run it on professional lines. How far they are successful and what place this new institution can create for itself among the medical and dental colleges in the country only time will tell. However, the mere fact that unlike many other newly established medical institutions, they had a purpose built building with lecture rooms, library, basic sciences departments and even the auditorium ready even before they started admitting students shows their good intentions and seriousness that they are determined to accomplish the objective which they had set while planning for setting up Akhtar Saeed Medical and Dental College.



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