CPSP Charter Day Celebrations

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CPSP Charter Day Celebrations

Main aim was self audit, recognition of
contributions of its Founder Fellows &
preparing the Young Fellows to realize
their responsibilities-Prof. Zafar Ullah Chaudhry

KARACHI: The main aim of celebrating the CPSP Charter Day from May 19th to 21st 2014 was to do some self audit, recognize and appreciate the contributions of the Founder Fellows and prepare the young fellows to realize their duties and responsibilities. This was stated by Prof. Zafar Ullah Chaudhry President of College of Physicians & Surgeons Pakistan. He was addressing a press conference at the CPSP Campus on May 15th 2014. Others who were present at the press briefing included Prof. Irshad Waheed Secretary of CPSP, Prof. Rakshanda Rahman Councilor and Chairperson of the Charter Day celebrations, Prof. Rizwan Azmi and Prof. Asghar Butt councilors of CPSP. Prof. Zafar Ullah Chaudhry also gave details of the scientific programme besides giving figures about the number of postgraduate trainees registered with the CPSP at home and oversees as well as the number of accredited training healthcare facilities and supervisors within Pakistan and overseas.

Prof. Maj. Gen. Salman Ali along with Dr. Asghar Butt and Dr. Aisha Mehnaz
chairing a session on Neonatal Health held at CPSP which was part
of the CPSP Charter Day Celebrations on May 21st 2014.

Due to the present geopolitical situation, travel abroad for the Pakistani doctors and postgraduates have become quite difficult, hence utilizing the information technology the CPSP was continuing its CME and CPD activities through Video Conferencing as all the Regional Centers are effectively linked with this facility. It also saves the travel besides being cost effective he added.

Founder Fellows of CPSP, the previous Presidents as well as the Council Members have contributed a great deal to the progress and development of the CPSP. We wish to maintain this continuity and handover the institution to the younger fellows in a much better position, he remarked. He paid tributes to the vision of the founder fellows and former Presidents as it was due to their dedicated and devoted services that the CPSP has emerged as the leading medical institution in the postgraduate medical education and training in Pakistan which enjoys international credibility. Currently there are over seventeen thousand seven hundred postgraduates under training in Pakistan and overseas while the number of accredited training institutions at home and abroad was two hundred fifty while the number of accredited local and foreign supervisors was 2,792. Almost 47% of the postgraduates under training, Prof. Zafar Ullah Chaudhry said were females and in view of the law and order situation even the male doctors find it difficult to serve in far flung areas, small towns and cities, hence how the female doctors are expected to go and serve there, he asked? It poses a serious problem and in the days to come, the administration will find it extremely difficult to recruit doctors in general and specialists in particular in these areas. It is high time that the federal as well as provincial governments consider these issues and plan some remedial measures. During the conference we also intend to have a round table conference with the provincial health ministers and provincial health secretaries as well as Director General of Health from all the provinces. Vice Chancellors of all the medical universities are also being invited to this meeting and would like to share this data with them. It will help them in planning health services.
Currently most of the advanced healthcare facilities are located in major cities and provincial capitals. It is important to spread them in the interior utilizing all the available teaching and training facilities which will also help provide specialized care to the people of those areas. Provincial Government of Punjab has agreed to pay 50% of the workshop, training courses fee for its teachers and CPSP accredited supervisors. Apart from training the healthcare professionals, we also intend to train the paramedics and nurses which are important member of the healthcare team. To begin with two hundred nurses will be trained in one day and two day workshops and this programme will start next month. CPSP Regional Centers are being used for CME and CPD activities through video link. Observers, examiners, supervisors and overseas examiners will be appointed from amongst those who earn maximum CME, CPD credit hours and we have fixed the minimum credit hours for various categories.

Responding to a question regarding establishment of the Skills Training Laboratory for which some of the Fellows had also contributed during the Golden Jubilee Celebrations, Prof. Zafar Ullah Chaudhry said that setting up a wet skills lab requires forty to fifty Crore rupees but we do not have so much funds. Some people had promised but we can plan keeping in view the funds available. Hence, skills labs with simulators and mannequins has been established at major centers and later on these facilities will be made available at all the regional centers, he added. In reply to yet another question he said that professional ethics is given too much importance and CPSP has in the past taken action against some of its fellows and in future too we won’t hesitate to take action against any of our Members, Fellows who is found involved in any immoral, unethical, criminal activity. Career guidance for the postgraduates is another important issue he agreed and we are working on this but so far not much progress has been made in this direction, he stated.
Recertification and Revalidation of diplomas and degrees initiated by various countries also figures during the discussion. In Pakistan, CPSP Prof. Zafar Ullah Chaudhry said was starting this as a voluntary programme in the beginning. We have made agreements with various international institutions to ensure uniform standards of our CME, CPD programmes and keep our Fellows update with latest developments in the field of medicine. In the second stage we would like to involve the GPs as well in this CME programme and give them free Pass Word and would play our role in updating them. Devolution of Health through the 18th Constitutional Amendment Prof. Zafar Ullah Chaudhry opined has created some problems. WHO and other international agencies feel handicapped as they do not know whom to contact and it has also spoiled premier postgraduate medical institutions like JPMC, he remarked.

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