Centralized admission policy for private medical and dental colleges will not work smoothly

LAHORE: Centralized admission policy for private medical and dental colleges introduced in the country in addition to public sector institutions may not work smoothly and it is feared that failure to fulfill all the conditions laid down for admission may result in many seats remaining vacant. Sole reliance on academic grades for eligibility for admission is the greatest drawback of this policy which is bound to fail unless some measures are taken in consultation with all the stake holders including parents, owners of private medical and dental colleges as well as private medical universities.

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Heart Team should examine every patient before recommending for interventional procedures or CABG-Maj. Gen. Sohail Aziz

MULTAN: The first scientific session during the CARDIOCON 2018 held at Nishtar Medical University from November 23-25th 2018 was moderated by Dr. Bilal S.Mohydin from PIC Lahore. Dr. Azfar Zaman was the first speaker who talked about mechanical support for high risk PCI: How good is the evidence. He pointed out there is consensus on using it in selected patients.

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Paediatric Dermatology in Pakistani Perspective

Pakistan’s Health indicators fall short of the required levels. Pakistan also has the highest population growth among all SAARC countries. Pakistan has one of the lowest doctors to population ratio hence healthcare centralisation could help to deliver subspecialist care.

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Is coronary artery stenting needed for angina?

Coronary artery stenting is an expensive procedure-the cost of stents and in Pakistan the procedure fee is very high and there could be hazards also. Procedure is used on a very large scale, quite often misused. For the treatment of heart attacks, its use has been justified on evidence-based studies, for narrowing of arteries causing angina (chest pain) firm evidence has been lacking.

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Leadership is a set of traits which is needed in all professionals-Dr. Gohar Wajid

LAHORE: There were numerous pre-conference workshops organized during the First International Medical Education Conference 2018 hosted by FHM College of Medicine and Dentistry and NUR International University held from November 30th to December 2nd 2018.The Workshop on Leadership Skills was facilitated by Dr. Gohar Wajid from WHO EMRO Egypt and the other facilitators in this workshop was Dr. Saifullah Sial. Some of the qualities of effective leadership which were discussed during the interactive discussion included Confidence, Vision, Communicator, Decision maker which were mentioned by majority of the participants.

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Pre-Conference Workshops on SLICE and How to use Social Media

LAHORE: Prof. Rehan Khan from Riphah International University facilitated the workshop on “SLICE-in the long case in undergraduate medical student’s examination. Prof. Rehan Khan pointed out that we know the skills but we have not become professionals. During the examination, in the long case, we see the holistic approach of doctors, how they handle and manage the patient. 

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PM&DC should ensure continuity in its polices which should be evidence based-Prof. Lubna Baig

LAHORE: Prof. Lubna Baig Pro Vice Chancellor of Jinnah Sindh Medical University from Karachi was the first speaker on Day-1 in one of the sessions during First International Medical Education Conference organized by FMHCMD in collaboration with NUR International University from November 30th to December 2, 2018. Dr. Ahmad Saeed was the moderator of this session which was chaired by Mr. Shaukat Ali Jawaid Chief Editor, Pakistan Journal of Medical Sciences. She talked about frequent changes in PM&DC and the state of medical education in Pakistan.

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Flipped classroom enhances learning outcomes in medical certificate education

The quality of medical certificates written by students of medicine was better when they were taught by using the flipped classroom approach instead of traditional lecturing. A randomly selected student from the flipped classroom group had an 85% probability to receive a better total score than a student from the traditional teaching group, according to a new study from the University of Eastern Finland. 

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Novel antibacterial drugs developed at University of Eastern Finland

Researchers at the University of Eastern Finland have developed novel antibacterial compounds, focusing on the role of LsrK kinase. LsrK kinase is a protein involved in bacterial communication. In a new study published in ChemMedChem, the researchers explore LsrK kinase as a target in antibacterial drug design.

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Genetic study of epilepsy points to potential new therapies

DUBLIN: The largest study of its kind, led by international researchers including scientists at RCSI (Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland), has discovered 11 new genes associated with epilepsy. The research is published in recent issue of Nature Communications (DOI: 10.1038/s41467-018-07524-z). It greatly advances knowledge of the underlying biological causes of epilepsy and may inform the development of new treatments for the condition.

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Medworks launches mobile phone-based glucose meter and a diabetes data management platform

KARACHI: Medworks, a digital healthcare startup centered around the management of diabetes, has launched Glu-Sage, a mobile phone-based glucose meter. Glu-Sage – currently available for Android smartphones and soon coming for iPhones – plugs into the phone’s headphone jack. Using the Medworks application, users can view, save and share their glucose readings.

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Increased awareness is the best option to control Hepatitis spread-Dr. Khalid Iqbal

KARACHI: Increased awareness is the best option to control hepatitis spread and for this we have to change the mindset of healthcare providers. Proper knowledge about management of various diseases is very important. Use of unnecessary injections is a very common practice by quacks which is a major source of Hepatitis B and C in Pakistan. This was stated by Dr. Khalid Iqbal, Consultant Peadiatrician & Chief Executive Officer of Kharadar General Hospital Karachi while performing Otsuka lucky draw held at Kharadar General Hospital on December 29, 2018.

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Prof. Ijaz Haider MBBS, PhD, FRC Psych

Prof. Ijaz Haider MBBS, PhD, FRC Psych. (London) a noted psychiatrist who retired as Professor and Head of the Dept. of Psychiatry from Allama Iqbal Medical College, Lahore about eighteen years ago passed away early morning on Thursday December 20, 2018 after a prolonged illness. He was seventy seven years of age. May Allah Almighty rest the departed soul in Peace. Ameen.

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