Prof. Arif Asif lays emphasis on indigenous research, life style modifications to solve health problems

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 Innovations in Medical Education, Healthcare

Prof. Arif Asif lays emphasis on indigenous
research, life style modifications to
solve health problems

RAWALPINDI: An informative talk on Creating Innovative Medical Programs in Changing Healthcare Environment was delivered by renowned Nephrologists and Medical Educationist Professor Arif Asif, MD, in National University of Medical Sciences (NUMS) Rawalpindi recently. Dr. Asif, it may be mentioned here is Chairman Department of Medicine, Program Director Internal Medicine Residency, Professor of Medicine at Jersey Shore University Medical Center, Seton Hall - Hackensack Meridian School of Medicine, New Jersey, USA.

He pointed out that he has introduced an innovative team-based approach to medical education that will mirror how healthcare will be delivered in the future. He was of the view that graduates should learn to apply the most advanced scientific knowledge and tools to helping patients in their communities as well as hospitals and clinics. Using the concept of Disruptive Innovation, he has introduced an Innovative medical curriculum of three year degree program. He highlighted that as infections are getting under control, due to Epidemiological shift the chronic diseases, especially Vascular Endothelial diseases have gone on the rise! According to WHO the Pakistani demographics show that 35% of our population is between 30 to 70 years which is the earning population and considered the heart of the nation. In about nine years, there is a chance of increase in death rate of this population by 21% which is alarming. If this chronic disease prevalence is not checked there is threat of increase in mortality rate of this major chunk of population increasing to 27% in the next ten years or so. Medical education and research he stated need to come up with local studies and introduce life style change methods acceptable to and adaptable by the local population. Change is inevitable and all medical educations should now focus on how to catch the killer diseases earlier on. He quoted how neo-intimal hyperplasia of the vein led to stenosis and caused thickening of the walls, limiting blood flow; and how he acquired a grant owing to his faith in the research project. He inspired researchers and Medical Faculty at NUMS to share unique interventional ideas with relevant people and hunt for the right person/ funding agency/ corporates sector businesses that could benefit from your research study and will give you a generous grant to continue your research work. Addressing the NUMS Faculty he said,” Students are in the driving seat not teachers. Progressively incremental collaboration can bring about sustainable change in improving research methodology. Abrupt change for which advocacy is not done properly can prove to be dangerous if it’s too fast. Out of the box thinking and professionally trained people for collaboration and networking can help organizations be productive, become commercially viable and bring about sustainable change brought in through gradual acclimatization of the peoples and communities.”

The presentation was followed by lively discussion moderated by Professor Mujtaba Quadri. In the end Pro-Vice Chancellor NUMS, Maj Gen (Retd) Muhammad Aslam commented that the innovative medical education model which provides Bench to Bedside training can only be a successful model of education in the future. (PR)

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