Medical Education and Research Conference at Khyber Medical University

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Medical Education and Research 
Conference at Khyber Medical University

PESHAWAR: A three days conference on medical education was organized by Khyber Medical University (KMU) on Medical Education & Research which was held here recently. The theme of the conference was Integration leading to excellence. More than 300 medical educationists, experts, researchers and faculty members attended the conference.
The conference started on 18th April 2014 at IBMS with pre-conference workshops. On the second day formal inauguration ceremony was held at KMC, Peshawar, where Provincial Minister Shoukat Ali Yousafzai inaugurated the conference as chief guest. The scientific programme consisted of six parallel and three plenary sessions wherein about fifty papers were presented . A poster competition was also part of the conference.

Some participants of Medical Education Conference held at Khyber Medical
University Peshawar photographed with Prof. Daud Khan former VC,
Prof. Hafeezullah VC and some other faculty members.

Talking in the inaugural session Mr. Shokat Ali Yousafzai said, “Innovations and excellence in the teaching, learning, curricular, and assessment strategies facilitated by KMU will be part of the change in health reforms in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and if we keep on performing with same zeal and enthusiasm, then the day is not far, when KMU will be ranked among the leading medical universities”. Vice Chancellor Prof. Dr. Muhamamad Hafiz Ullah, Registrar Dr. Fazal Mahmud, Director Academics Prof. Dr. Shad Muhammad, Principal KMC Prof. Dr. Ijaz Hassan Khattak, Principles of public and private medical colleges, faculty, educationists, researchers and a large number of students were also present.
Dean PGMI Prof. Dr. Riaz Anwar, Dr. Gohar Wajid, Dr. Idrees Anwar, Dr. Sahibzada Mahmud Noor, Dr. Shahid Ayub, Dr. Ijaz Hassan Khattak, Dr. Brekhna Jamil, Dr.Rehan, Dr. Umar Ali Khan and Dr. Shila Pinjani also spoke during the conference.
Former VC KMU and well known Ophthalmologist Prof. Dr. Mohammad Daud Khan was the chief guest in the concluding session while Prof. Dr. NasirUddin Azam Khan was the guest of honour.Prof Mohammad Daud Khan in his speech said that present system of medical education in Pakistan is the one which has its roots in the colonial era. Since independence in 1947, medical education in Pakistan has witnessed very little or almost no change at all. As a result lots of problems have appeared which need to be sorted out and remedial actions be taken and KMU should take initiative in this noble cause.
Prof. Nasiruddin Azam Khan in his address said that Medical Education, in general, is different from orthodox education, in terms of technicality and application. Medical Students are supposed to deal with tough situations under pressure and devise ways to ensure the safety of other human beings. In Pakistan, like the rest of our education sector, Medical Education is not a standardized field and a lot of improvements need to be made in this regard.
Prof. Dr. Mohammad Hafizullah VC KMU thanked and congratulated the participants, organizers, oral and posters presenters and especially those experts who came fro overseas and other parts of the country to attend the conference. In the end chief guest distributed certificates among the papers and posters presenters and organizers while VC KMU presented souvenirs to the guests. (PR)