Do not Shut Hospitals, close Out Patients Departments and don’t indulge in violence, agitation as well as strikes

KARACHI: World renowned Pakistani Nuclear Scientist Dr. Abdul Qadeer Khan was the chief guest at the Convocation of Baqai Medical University held at the BMU Campus on December 15th 2014. Addressing the healthcare professionals in general and young doctors in particular  he advised them never to shut hospital, do not close Out Patients Departments and do not indulge in  violence, agitation  and strikes. It is against the oath they take after graduation.

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Training can do nothing for those who deliberately commit misconduct- Dr. Behrooz Astaneh

SHIRAZ (IRAN): The first scientific session during the publication ethics congress was chaired by Mr. Shaukat Ali  Jawaid from Pakistan along with Dr. Payam Kabiri from  Iran and Dr. Aminul Haque from Bangladesh. Dr. Behrooz Astaneh was the first speaker who talked about various types of ethics misconduct and mentioned authorship disputes, conflict of interest, double submissions and redundant publications besides plagiarism, data fabrication and data falsification. There are two reasons for misconduct; some people do it intentionally while others do it because of lack of knowledge.

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All HCPs should contribute in promoting health education-Masood Hameed Khan

KARACHI: All Healthcare Professionals should contribute their share in promoting health education. We all have earned enough and now we need to think about the needs of the society and do something for the country. The government is forced to provide higher education at a highly subsidized cost. We all take the best but do not repay anything to the country. This was stated by Prof. Masood Hameed Khan Vice Chancellor Dow University of Health Sciences. 

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ISC wishes to have a branch in every Muslim country-Prof. Jafar Mehrad

SHIRAZ (IRAN): An Executive Committee meeting of Islamic World Science Citation (ISC) was held on Day-2 during the Second International conference of Chief Editors and Representatives from Muslim World organized by ISC held here from December 1-2nd 2014. It was presided over by Prof. Jafar Mehrad President of ISC. In his introductory remarks Prof. Mehrad emphasized the importance of improved cooperation with ISC. This, he opined, does not require much work or funds. 

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Scientific misconduct is the main reason for increased retractions in PubMed & ISI and it is increasing-Dr. Reza Malekzadeh

SHIRAZ (IRAN): The number of retraction of manuscripts on PubMed as well as in ISI Thompson/Reuter Web of Sciences is increasing every year and the main reason for retraction is scientific misconduct. In many instances even scientists have plagiarized for their Ph D Thesis. Plagiarism has become a very serious issue, we need to think about it and take action. This was stated by Dr. Reza Malekzadeh, Undersecretary for Research and Technology, Ministry of Health and Medical Education, Government of Iran.

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PharmEvo reminds the Nation of Quaid’s Message and Vision of an Islamic Social Welfare State

KARACHI: Keeping up its past traditions, PharmEvo has used the medium of its Thematic Calendar 2015 to remind the Nation of Quaid-e-Azam’s message and vision of making Pakistan an Islamic Social Welfare State. This twelve page beautifully designed Calendar is based on excerpts from important speeches made by the Quaid after the creation of Pakistan while addressing various sections of society. It clearly shows how the Quaid wished this country to be governed and what sort of a social, political, economic and religious environment he envisaged.

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To conduct research ethically and report honestly is an obligation-Prof.Douglas Altman

SHIRAZ (IRAN): Making the best use of information technology organizers of the Second conference on Publication Ethics held here on December 4-5th arranged presentations through Video Conferencing from London and Oxford in the second session on December 4th 2014. This session was chaired by Dr. Charlotte Haug, Dr. Fatema Jawad and Dr. Ehsan Shamsi. Dr. Trish Groves Head of Research at BMJ and Editor-in-Chief of BMJ Open made a presentation on Authorship Criteria: Why the fourth criterion was needed?

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Create a culture which is supportive, non-threatening and give emphasis to professional core values

KARACHI: Prof. Ara Tekian PhD, MHPE an eminent medical educationist, Associate Dean and Director of International Affairs in Medical Education at University of Illinois, Chicago USA during his recent visit to Pakistan also visited United Medical and Dental College Karachi. He made a presentation on Trends and Innovations in Medical Education which was largely attended by the UM&DC Faculty members besides students.

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“Pain Studio” offers solutions to management of pain

KARACHI: Novartis Pharma Pakistan has started a campaign named “Pain Studio” one stop shop to pain solutions. In this programme a Panel discussion brings together a diverse panel of doctors, therapists, and other professionals to discuss the latest in pain management. This event offers the chance to learn and ask questions from experts in different fields.

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Number of medical journals published from Iran has increased to 345 in 2014

SHIRAZ (IRAN): The number of medical journals published from Iran has increased from 90 in 2004 to 345 in 2014. Hundred percent of these journals practice double blind peer review system. Some of them do receive some fee for fast track processing. Almost 95% of these journals have have active functional websites and all these journals are indexed in ISC. This was stated by Dr. Ali Akbari Sari, Dean School of Public Health at Tehran University of Medical Sciences who is also Secretary of Commission of Medical Journals Auditing in Ministry of Health and Medical, Government of Iran.

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Otsuka awareness campaign against Hepatitis

KARACHI: In spite of various initiatives and campaigns Hepatitis is increasing very rapidly in Pakistan and our failure to control it will make it an epidemic from endemic diseases. Reuse of syringes, pricking of I.V Infusion bottle and needle stick injuries are very common practices and major cause of hepatitis spread in Pakistan. Repeated awareness messages with some incentives could be affective for prevention of hepatitis spread. Special attention should be given to educate the people involved in anesthetic preparation, nursing staff, paramedics and the OT technicians besides doctors.

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