253 Residents getting training for FCPS in Gastroenterology at 31 Centers under 44 Supervisors

KARACHI: At present there are thirty one training centers recognized by the College of Physicians & Surgeons of Pakistan for Fellowship in Gastroenterology with forty four accredited supervisors and two hundred fifty three postgraduates are under training. It is not possible to increase the period of training from three to four years but those centers where the workload is not much and the trainees do not get enough exposure may be off-listed after a careful review. This was hinted by Prof. Zaigham Abbas, Dean Faculty of Gastroenterology at the CPSP while speaking at the recently held 33nd annual conference of Pakistan Society of Gastroenterology and GI Endoscopy.

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Main objective of ILAE’s latest classification of Seizures is to provide communication framework for clinical use

KARACHI: Prof. Sameer M. Zuberi, Consultant Paediatric Neurologist, Royal Hospital for Children at Glasgow, UK was the guest speaker at a meeting organized by National Epilepsy Centre in collaboration with Epilepsy Association of Pakistan here on March 30, 2017. Prof. Sameer Zuberi discussed in detail the latest ILAE (International League Against Epilepsy) classification of Seizures and Epilepsies 2017 which was published online on March 9, 2017. The main objective of these classification, it was stated was to provide a communication framework for clinical use. Last classification was published in 1989.

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JPMC has the only Neurotrauma Center in Pakistan with two OTs providing 24 hour service

KARACHI: Jinnah Postgraduate Medical Center the premier postgraduate medical institution of the country has one of the busiest Neurosurgery Department providing tertiary care facilities. It has the only Neurotrauma Center in Pakistan with two Operations Theaters which provides 24 hour service. During the last year 42,114 patients were examined in the OPD while 3,700 patients were admitted and fourteen hundred surgeries were performed. It has a 6-Bed Intensive Care Unit with monitors and ventilators besides twenty beds in the High Dependency Unit (HDU).

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WFME was looking at standards and not curriculum- Prof. David Gordon

KARACHI: The plenary session during the AEME Conference on Medial Education on March 5th held at JSMU was chaired by Prof. G. Ashgar Channa Vice Chancellor SMBBMU Larkana along with Prof. Tariq Rafi Vice Chancellor of Jinnah Sindh Medical University. Prof. David Gordon President of World Federation for Medical Education was the first speaker.  Speaking on working nationally, regionally and globally, he gave details of functions of WFME and the support for accreditation. He pointed out that WFME was working in collaboration with many other bodies. We wish to make the bodies working in this region in the field of medical education stronger. 

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Dental Graduates should plan career carefully, success will come their way

KARACHI: Mr. Liaquat Merchant an eminent jurist and Chairman of Jinnah Foundation was the chief guest at the 20th annual convocation of Fatima Jinnah Dental College held on March 30, 2017. Speaking at the occasion he advised the dental graduates to plan their future career carefully, the success with come their way.  They should not be affected by the materialistic world but should serve the humanity with dedication and devotion. We all need to promote education as this is the only way to take this country forward.

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About 600,000 people suffer from Parkinson’s disease in Pakistan- Nadir Ali Syed

KARACHI: It is estimated that about 600,000 people suffer from this neurological disorder and unfortunately, half of these people are not aware that they have a serious neurological disease which can be treated and they can continue leading a normal life. This was stated by Dr.Nadir Ali Syed a noted consultant neurologist and President of Movement Disorder Society of Pakistan (MDSP) while addressing a press conference recently. Other experts who were present on this occasion included Prof. Dr. Shaukat Ali, Dr. Naila Shahbaz, Dr. Khalid Sher Dr. Abul Malik and Mr. Haroon Bashir.

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Majority of Hyperuricaemic patients have Co-existing conditions like CVD, Diabetes and Chronic Kidney Disease- Austin Stacks

KARACHI: Majority of the asymptomatic Hyperuricaemia patients have co-existing conditions like cardiovascular diseases, hypertension, diabetes mellitus and chronic kidney disease. Treatment slows down the kidney failure. Hence this word should be removed from the medical literature.  This was stated by Dr. Austin Stacks a noted research scientist, consultant Nephrologist from University Hospital Limerick, Ireland. He was speaking at the First Hyperuricaemia Summit organized by Hyperuricaemia Advisory Council at College of Physicians & Surgeons of Pakistan on March 21, 2017.  

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Environmental Health: Pollutions Hazards and Prevention

In Pakistan drinking water and air pollutions cause enormous morbidity and mortality in all the age groups-children below the age five are the main victims. Sound and light pollutions are also hazard contributors. Pakistan has the worst health indicators in the developing world baring a few sub-Saharan countries. These can be minimized as done by Sri Lanka and other SAARC countries. The health indicators of Sri Lanka and Cuba are now matching the advanced developed countries of the world. 

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10th Undergraduate Medical Research Conference attracts over Hundred Poster and oral presentations in 38 disciplines

PESHAWAR: Peshawar Medical College established by Prime Foundation enjoys a unique position among the medical colleges in Pakistan as it has established a Department of Undergraduate Medical Research to promote research culture among the healthcare professionals from the beginning of their career. This department organizes a conference every year and recently celebrated a Decade of Learning and Innovation by organizing the 10th Undergraduate Medical Research Conference from March 15-16, 2017. 

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Otsuka, HSC Dealers conference 2017

KARACHI: Consul General of Japan in Karachi, Mr. Toshikazu Isomura was the chief guest at the Dealers conference 2017 jointly organized by Otsuka Pakistan and Hospital Supply Corporation in Karachi on 23rd March. It was very well attended by Distributors and Retailers of the city.

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Authors advised to include a publication strategy while planning, conducting research

PESHAWAR: Pakistan Association of Medical Editors (PAME) in collaboration with Health Research Advisory Board (Health RAB) organized a workshop on Medial Writing at North West General Hospital & Research Center on March 16th 2017. It was attended by senior faculty members besides Postgraduate Trainees. Dr. Arshad Hussain Consultant Endocrinologist at North West General Hospital was the local coordinator. Mr. Shaukat Ali Jawaid Chief Editor Pakistan Journal of Medical Sciences who is also Secretary of Eastern Mediterranean Association of Medical Editors (EMAME) was the facilitator.

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One third of those exposed to disasters develop psychiatric illnesses-Prof. Mazhar Malik

DUBAI: Most countries in Asia have witnessed many devastating disasters across boundaries. Mental health and psychosocial problems are faced by all communities which are struck by disasters. Radical circumstances flush out the mental illness in society and whenever there’s a disaster, there’s a rush on hospital admissions for psychiatric problems. This was stated by Prof. Mazhar Malik from Rawal Medical & Dental College, Rawal Institute of Health Sciences, Islamabad from Pakistan. He was making a presentation at the Plenary Round Table on Mental Health in cities on Marcy 25, 2017 during the 6th World Congress of Asian Psychiatry held at  Abu Dhabi from March 23-25, 2017.

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