Institutions should produce best human beings besides being good professionals-Dr.Mukhtar Ahmad

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HEC Chairman commends CPSP initiative on CME/CPD

Institutions should produce best human
beings besides being good
professionals-Dr.Mukhtar Ahmad

Advises integration with other institutions and
incentives, Awards for CME/CPD

KARACHI: Dr. Mukhtar Ahmad Chairman of Higher Education Commission has commended the initiative taken by the College of Physicians & Surgeons Pakistan in initiating Continuing Medical Education and Continuing Professional Development programme for its Fellows. Inaugurating the programme formally at the first day of Charter Day Celebrations at CPSP Campus on May 19th he however advised the CPSP and other institutions to integrate with each other rather than concentrating on their own institutions so that all the institutions in the country can develop and progress. It is also important that our institutions produce good human beings besides being good professionals, he remarked. He also suggested that some sort of incentives, award should also be provided for those going for CME, CPD activities which will help its implementation.

 

Prof. Zafar Ullah Chaudhry President CPSP presenting a mementoe
to Chairman HEC Dr. Mukhtar at the CME/CPD launch ceremony
held at CPSP on May 20th 2014.

The session was also attended by Prof. Kh Saadiq Husain former President CPSP as Guest of Honour, Secretary Health Punjab Dr. Ijaz, Health Minister Baluchistan Rahmat Saleh Baluch, Prof. Naushad Sheikh Vice Chancellor of LUMHS and Advisor on Education to the Governor Sindh besides many other Vice chancellors of universities, Principals of medical colleges, councilors and senior fellows of the college. The formal presentations by the speakers were followed by lively discussion and it turned out to be an interesting interactive discussion session wherein the participants also put forward some suggestions.
Later replying to the questions during the interactive discussion Dr. Mukhtar Ahmad opined that let us have a national conference where besides CPSP we can invite Vice Chancellors, Ministers and Secretaries of health from all the provinces, medical and Dental Council representative and any other who is interested and discuss these issues in detail. Let us agree on some minimum agenda as regards higher education in the field of medical education and then start implementing it. At present we are only working with universities and they also say we are autonomous but we must remember that autonomy comes with some responsibilities. He laid emphasis on quality research and quality research publications. Let us develop some vaccines which are effective against viruses found in our population. We have some indigenous problems and we need to find some indigenous solutions, he added.
Earlier Prof. Zafar Ullah Chaudhry President of CPSP gave background for the establishment of CPSP in1962 and its aims and objectives besides highlighting its accomplishments so far. In view of the fast changes taking place CME and CPD, he said has become important. In the first phase we have started this programme for our Fellows and in the second phase we will cover the GPs and also give Credit Hours to other organizations who apply for this at least two weeks before the academic activity after paying the prescribed fee. He also gave details of the number of workshops organized for the trainees as well as supervisors so far. Our objective has been enhancing the professional capacity of the educators through these workshops and refresher courses, he added.

Prof. Khalid Masood Gondal Director General International Relations at CPSP gave details of the Memorandum of Understanding the CPSP has signed during the last five years with various institutions in UK, Canada, Saudi Arabia, the details of how the CPSP was helping the Government of Ireland and Saudi Arabia. After signing of MOU with the Saudi Arabia, Pakistani doctors with FCPS were now getting much higher remuneration. We are constantly sending our postgraduates to Ireland for training in Emergency Medicine. They are first interviewed by the CPSP and later they are interviewed by the Irish College of Surgeons for final selection. It is a matter of great pride that all the postgraduates selected by us were accepted and offered jobs by Ireland since they are highly impressed with our training and selection procedure.

Dr. Siraj Shaikh, Director Dept. of Medical Education at CPSP in his presentation gave technical details about the award of points for various CME and CDP activities and the minimum number of credit points which will be needed for paper setters, examiners, observers, supervisors, trainers besides selection for representation in overseas activities of the college.

Calculation of CME Credits: Giving details about the calculation of CME Credits Dr. Siraj said that there will be one credit for two hours of live CME activity with a maximum of four credits per day. For facilitators and presenters, there will be one credit for one hour of facilitation in case of single facilitator and one credit for two hours of facilitation if there are more than one facilitators. Paper setters and assessors will get four credits per day, item writers will be eligible for one credit for three items accepted, examiners and conveners will get four credits per day and there will be one credit for two hours for faculty meetings.

Supervisors of CPSP postgraduate training programmes will get half a credit for supervision of each trainee per quarter, subject to timely validation of the work of each trainee on e-log, and regular submission of academic feedback of each trainee. Reviewers of JCPSP will get four credits per article. Authors of research papers published in JCPSP will get eight credits for first author, four credits for second author and two credits each for other co authors

Maintenance of Credits: In order to be in Good Academic Standing the following categories will be required to maintain a minimum number of credits:
• Facilitator 30 credits per year
• Item writer 20 credits per year
• Paper setter/assessor 20 credits per year
• Examiner/Convener 30 credits per year

Recognition of Credits: Selection as convener for an examination will require forty credits, appointment as Faculty member will also require forty credits but selection for short term training and as examiner abroad will require one hundred twenty credits. Those exceeding the minimum requirements of credits will be eligible for nomination for representation in international events.

In the second phase, CPSP will award credits to the activities of other organizations subject to submission of application for award of credit on prescribed Form at least three weeks prior to the activity and payment of prescribed fee with description of CME/CPD activity in addition to disclosure statement to rule out any commercial bias.

Secretary Health Punjab Dr. Ijaz Munir appreciated the achievements of the CPSP so far and promised to earmark some funding for meeting the workshop fees, training courses of doctors, trainers, supervisors sent from Punjab. Health Minister Baluchistan Rahmat Saleh Baloch urged the CPSP and HEC to help them find faculty for the three new medical colleges Baluchistan was setting up at Loralai, Khuzdar and Ketch in Turbat besides a medical university. We are working for national integration and by undertaking such development projects, providing opportunities to the youth in Baluchistan; we will overcome the feelings of deprivation there, he added.

During the discussion Prof.Shoaib Shafi and Prof. Amjad councilors of CPSP raised the issue of having one postgraduate medical degree to ensure uniform standards to which the HEC chairman said it has many pros and cons. Prof.Amjad opined that let the medical universities concentrate on training of PhDs in basic sciences so as to meet the acute shortage of teachers in basic subjects while CPSP can concentrate on training of clinicians. Responding to a suggestion from Major General Salman to provide some funding to the postgraduates doing research at teaching hospitals, HEC Chairman said that we can only provide funding to public sector institutions but if you come up with some joint project, studies with medical universities and postgraduates of CPSP, one can always find a way out to help them. Prof. Zafar Ullah Chaudhry responding to a question from Dr. Yasmeena Khan said that the issue of starting fellowship in Paediatric Dermatology can be discussed at appropriate forum not here where the subject for discussion was something else. Regarding suggestion of increased integration, collaboration and cooperation between various institutions as all have their strength and weaknesses as pointed out by Mr.Shaukat Ali Jawaid, HEC chairman said that let us concentrate on positive aspects first and move in the right direction to achieve our shared objectives of improvement in the field of higher education.

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