17 Member PM&DC Council to have representation from CPSP & Non-medical personnel

ISLAMABAD: The new PM&DC ordinance promulgated by the Government of Pakistan envisages the establishment of a seventeen member council of Pakistan Medical & Dental Council. For the first time its composition has been enlarged to give representation to the College of Physicians & Surgeons of Pakistan as well as to non-medical persons i.e. philanthropists which are involved in such councils the world over. The Ordinance also envisages giving more autonomy to the Council which would inspect the colleges and other institutions when they start a new programme and send the report to the Ministry which will issue the notification.

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Prof. Tariq Rafi urges Government to transfer all faculty positions from JPMC to JSMU

KARACHI: Speaking at the Second Convocation of Jinnah Sindh Medical University held here on December 31st 2018, Prof. Tariq Rafi Vice Chancellor of JSMU has called upon the government to transfer all faculty positions at JPMC to the JSMU. As per traditions all over the world and in Pakistan faculty of teaching hospitals works under the administrative control of university whereas the hospital is controlled by the health department. Even at present almost 98% of the faculty of JPMC is on JSMU payroll. He also demanded the government to allow them to retain medical teachers by relaxing the retirement age and even beyond to overcome the problem of shortage of faculty.

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FMH Medical and Dental College is striving to achieve excellence in undergraduate and postgraduate studies-Rakhshanda Rahman

LAHORE: FMH Medical and Dental College organized “1st International Conference on Medical Education with a theme: Future Trends in Health Professions Education”: from 30th November to 2nd of December 2018. Prof. Yasmin Rashid, provincial minister for primary and secondary healthcare, inaugurated the conference. She congratulated FMH Medical & Dental College for organizing this event by taking a step towards educational improvement in the health sector for better patient care.

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We need to help students interested in Transnational Education-Sonia Ijaz

LAHORE: Dr. Sonia Ijaz a medical educationist at Aga Khan University was the first speaker in the session devoted to “Learning Vs. Patient Care- How to strike a balance” during the Medical Education Conference organized by FMH College of Medicine and Dentistry from December 1-2, 2018. Her topic was Transnational Education- the Way Forward. Transnational education she opined is no doubt difficult and expensive but people would like to go abroad for quality education. During the last few years the number of students in higher education has almost doubled and the number of those going overseas has also increased.

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PMA demands elected, autonomous PM&DC Council to ensure representative regulatory body

KARACHI: Pakistan Medical Association feels perplexed and disappointed to learn about the promulgation of the Presidential Ordinance regarding the PMDC by a person who himself belongs to medical profession. According to this ordinance there will be 17 member council NOMINATED by either Prime Minister of Pakistan or Provincial Governments, CPSP and Armed Forces.

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Faculty need to become good role models, Attitudes are not taught but caught-Rukhsana Zuberi

LAHORE: Dr. Syed Moyn Aly from JSMU chaired the session devoted to “Supporting and Developing Learners: during the medical education conference organized by FMHCM&D last month. Prof. Shamsa Humayun from FJMU was the first speaker who highlighted the problems faced by the medical students during their five years in the medical college. The students, she opined, are overburdened with books, A good doctors is supposed to be confident, disease focused, intelligent with integrity and empathy.

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Quality Improvement in Healthcare is most compromised, neglected area in Pakistan-Dr. Sarwat Hussain

RAWALPINDI: Quality Assurance Directorate, National University of Medical Sciences (NUMS) organized a talk on “Improvement in Healthcare Quality - A Primer” by a visiting Scholar Dr. Sarwat Hussain on December 18, 2018 at Army Medical College, Rawalpindi. He is an internationally renowned radiologist, an innovator in healthcare quality, an academician, researcher and a teacher across four continents.

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Medical Educationists discuss Innovations in Teaching, Assessment, Enhancing learning environment & Accreditation standards

LAHORE: Prof. M. Hafeezullah Khan alongwith Prof. Rehan Khan chaired the second scientific session during the International Conference on Medical Education organized by FMHCM&D on December 1, 2018. Prof. Khalid Masood Gondal VC KEDMU was the first speaker who talked about Professionalism in Postgraduate Training. He also pointed out that recently the CPSP has introduced residency programmes in Rheumatology and Family Medicine. 

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Increase learning time by increasing human resource with less clinical workload-Dr. Gominda

LAHORE: The special session devoted to” Interprofessional education: Learning together as a team” during the International Medical Education Conference organized by FMHCMD & NUR International University last month was chaired by Prof.Rukhsana Zuberi along with Prof.Charles Docherty from Aga Khan University. Dr. Gohar Wajid was the first speaker who talked about Teachers role in motivating the de-motivated. Motivation, he opined, is an internal state which increases energy and activity. Poorly motivated students will not learn. If the motivation is faulty, learning will suffer. 

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Urea Breath Test to detect Helicobacter pylori introduced in Pakistan

KARACHI: The urea breath test is used to detect Helicobacter pylori (H. pylori), which is the main cause of ulcers in both the stomach and duodenum. Otsuka Pakistan has introduced this Japanese technology in Pakistan recently. Urea Breath Test System is considered a gold standard non–invasive test for diagnosis & confirmation of H. Pylori. Otsuka Pakistan arranged a cake cutting ceremony to formally launch Urea Breath Test System during the PSLD conference held from December 14-16, 2018. 

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History Book of King Edward Medical College

LAHORE: Healthcare professionals are generally very poor as regards documentation that is one of the reasons that they find it quite difficult to write. In order to preserve history, timely documentation plays a vital role. It is here that one would like to commend the efforts made by Prof. Khalid Masood Gondal Vice Chancellor of KEMU and Prof.Saira Afzal Dean Public Health and Preventive Medidcine who is also Editor of Annals of KEMU to document and publish the history book of King Edward Medical College. 

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Health, Environment and Economic benefits of Mediterranean Diet

Hypocrites, the father of modern medicine said that diet is thy health - diet is thy medicine. In 1953, President Eisenhower suffered heart attack in office. During this period, heart attacks became common in the western countries. In USA, massive research studies were undertaken to find the cause of heart attack. The specialist scientist Leland All bough published “Crete: A case study of an Underdeveloped Area in Greece.” The landmark analysis of the eating pattern of an isolated Greek population strongly suggested that a calories limited diet, high in fresh vegetables and fruits, whole grains, olive oil, some fish and low in other animal proteins particularly red meat could lower the risk of heart attack and strokes, decrease chronic diseases and extend life.

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