DUHS initiates eCME Programme for family physicians


DUHS initiates eCME Programme
for family physicians

KARACHI: Family Physicians are the backbone of healthcare system. They are the professionals whose recognition of disease symptoms, initial intervention and planning count towards subsequent outcome of advanced and definitive management of the diseases at referral centers. Family physicians being the front liner in our healthcare system should constantly update their knowledge and skills for better healthcare delivery to the masses. Keep in view the importance of Family Physicians, Dow University of Health Sciences has started web-based electronic-Continuing Medical Education (eCME) Program for ultimate benefit to the patients by updating the knowledge of family physicians about the medical issues commonly encountered by them in their clinical practice. This was stated by Prof. Masood Hameed Khan, Prof. Abdul Ghaffar Billo and others at the Launching ceremony and inauguration of eCME Program held at DUHS Campus recently.
Prof. Masood Hameed Khan, Vice Chancellor, DUHS further said that as physicians barely get free time to do physical training by attending lectures of CME, Dow University has developed this e-CME programme which will be available for learning at their home or workplace. It will save the precious time of doctors. This program, he said, will enhance knowledge of medical and dental education of family physicians. Dow University has also established Digital Library to promote computer literacy of the doctors, he added.
Prof. Abdul Gaffar Billoo said that in view of the scarce health resources in our country this was a brilliant idea by the Vice Chancellor of Dow University. It is good opportunity for family physician to update their knowledge and skills. The trained and qualified family physician shall be able to revive and strengthen our national health delivery system and shape the future of our new generation of practitioners. He also stressed the need to promote doctors for computer literacy.
Earlier Prof. Abdul Rauf Memon in his welcome address said that it is the vision of Dow University which is regularly holding CME program and different workshop to provide learning opportunity to the doctors. Continuous use of this program by family physician will make this program a success.
Dr. Masood Jawaid giving Introduction to e-CME Program & Demonstration of on-line Program said that this e-CME programme is based on Modules. Each module shall signify a particular aspect of interest and provide the core and essential knowledge in that particular area of interest required for safe practice of medicine and patient care. About 30 to 40 modules are made available to this course. CME credit hours shall be awarded when all the post-tests in a Module have been attempted successfully as required. CPD workshops would be arranged with the Professional Development Center of DUHS and other Institutes of Dow University to provide hands-on training as application of knowledge to practice. These Workshops though an integral part of this e-CME course may or may not be entirely free.
In due course, the Pakistan College of General Practitioners shall conduct special trainings to develop interest groups for managed care, research development and planning for growth and or further qualifications in General Practice.
Syed Jamshed Ahmed and Mujeeb Ali Khan from PharmEvo said that it was a historic aspect in teaching era. The step taken by Dow University to share the knowledge through technology is commendable. They also assure their full support in term of software and hardware for the dissemination of knowledge.Other who spoke on the occasion included Dr. Naveed Akhtar, Dr. Hussain Haroon and Dr. Ayesha Mehnaz.(PR)

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