Sindh Chief Minister supports mandatory training of teachers in Health Professional Education

KARACHI: Syed Murad Ali Shah Chief Minister of Sindh has supported the demand by the organizers of the AEME Medical Education conference that training of all medical teachers in Health Professional Education should be mandatory. He has also suggested that doctors should serve the ailing humanity for which they have been trained rather than occupying administrative posts. He was speaking at the Gala Dinner of AEME (Association for Excellence in Medical Education) Conference held at Karachi from March 3-5, 2017.

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Patient’s Aid Foundation & Govt. of Sindh help establish PET CT facility at JPMC

KARACHI: In an excellent example of Public-Private Partnership, Patients Aid Foundation in collaboration with Government of Sindh has established PET CT facility at JPMC Karachi. Patients referred by oncologists and radiologists will be provided these diagnostic facilities absolutely free but it will be ensured that this facility is not misused and is provided only to those where it is indicated and justified. However, those who wish can contribute through donations from Zakat Funds upto Rs. 15,000/- per patient. In fact Patients Aid Foundation has been doing a commendable job over the last many years and has contributed a lot to the expansion and development of services at this premier postgraduate medical institution of the country. 

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Choose a sub-specialty as there will be little Space for a General Ophthalmologist in future

KARACHI: It is more than a decade that subspecialties in ophthalmology are well established in the western countries. The pace of research and technological advances are so rapid that it is no longer possible for an ophthalmologist to master every field. This is my clear message to ophthalmologists in Pakistan that, they must choose one subspecialty to excel so that he/she could offer the best to the patient and stay in competitive race says Dr. Mukhtar Ahmad who is an experienced ophthalmologistwith numerous pioneer works introduced in Pakistan. 

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Professional courageous, ethical leaders are needed to bring a change in healthcare delivery system

LAHORE: Prof.Paul Barach an eminent medical educationist from USA was the guest speaker in one of the Plenary Sessions during the First International Medical Conference organized by Shalamar Medical & Dental College on the last day of the conference February 5, 2017. The topic of his presentation was Designing and Implementing a Safe Healthcare Delivery and Education. He pointed out that one must have the courage to lead. Most people are not happy to change. Faith and effective Trust are the important values of the medical profession. Hence it is important to decide how to prepare the doctors and nurses to be faithful.

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Healthcare Professionals urged to develop a habit of reading to learn the art of medical writing

MULTAN: Pakistan Association of Medical Editors (PAME) in collaboration with Health Research Advisory Board (Health RAB) an entity established by PharmEvo organized a Workshop on Medical Writing at Nishtar Medical College Hospital Multan on Friday February  17, 2017. Prof. Zubair Shaheen Prof. of Pulmonary Medicine was the local coordinator and the meeting was held at the Department of Medical Education. It was attended by faculty members as well as postgraduates from Departments of Surgery, Medicine, Orthopaedics, Paediatrics, Obstetrics & Gynecology and Chest Medicine.

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Indian Govt. may fix ceiling of Gift, Giveaways worth Rs. 1,000/- for Doctors, Chemists

NEW DELHI: Failure by the Indian Pharmaceutical Trade and Industry to comply with the voluntary code to ensure ethical marketing practice has now forced the Government of India to come up with strict measures and mandatory code of ethics. The Pharma industry is accused of providing expensive gifts to the doctors, chemists to increase their sales. The measures being contemplated include imposing a ceiling of Rs 1,000 on the value of such gifts and giveaways. A blanket ban on expensive freebies such as cruise or vacation tickets and sponsored educational conferences and seminars that can be means of making payments and offering benefits is also being contemplated.

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Prof. Zafar Sajjad highlights indications and justification for use of PET CT

KARACHI: Prof. Zafar Sajjad Professor of Radiology at Aga Khan University was the first speaker at the PET CT seminar organized by JPMC Dept. of Radiology on February 24, 2017. The topic of his presentation was Indications and Justification for PET CT. This session was chaired by Prof.Farhat Abbas along with Brig. Mohammad Ilyas and Prof.Amjad Siraj Memon.  To begin with he appreciated the efforts being made by JPMC in the development of human capacity at this institution. He then discussed in detail the broad indications for the use of PET CT, the appropriate criteria and its limitations.

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Anti Bacterial Drug Resistance: Time to Act

The rapid rise of bacterial drug resistance has become a global problem. Keeping in view the seriousness of this problem, on 21st Sep 2016 the United Nation’s General Assembly discussed this issue and agreed to develop national action plans to help shore up the effectiveness of the life-saving anti-bacterial drugs in people and animals. They pledged to strengthen regulation and to improve reporting system that track how antibacterial drugs are used.

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Shiraz University announces two years course in Medical Journalism for overseas candidates

SHIRAZ (IRAN): Dr. Behrooz Astaneh M.D, Vice President, EMAME who is also Editor-in-Chief, Iranian Journal of Medical Sciences has announced that after 8 years’ experience of training national students in medical journalism, from the academic year staring Sep/2017, Medical Journalism Department of the Shiraz University of Medical Sciences, will offer the Master of Science course on medical Journalism to international students.

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Eugene Garfield Who conceived Impact Factor Dies at the age of 91 Years

Eugene Garfield who conceived the Impact Factor was born in 1925 in New York City and was raised in a Lithuanian-Italian Jewish family. Garfield was married to Maher. He had a daughter and three sons, as well as a step-daughter.1

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New method reduces adverse effects of rectal cancer treatment

A new study from Karolinska Institutet shows that short-course preoperative radiotherapy combined with delayed surgery reduces the adverse side-effects of rectal cancer surgery without compromising its efficacy. The results are presented in the journal The Lancet Oncology.

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HCV treatment has come a long way making cure possible but we need to go for economically priced effective drugs - Prof. Anwar A. Khan

LAHORE: Prof. Anwar A. Khan an eminent gastroenterologist was the first speaker in the Gastroenterology session during the First International Medical Conference organized by Shalamar Medical & Dental College from February 3-5, 2017. This session was chaired by Prof. Anwar himself along with Prof.Rizwan Zafar and Prof. M. Haroon Yusaf.  The title of his presentation was “Hepatitis-C and its management in 2017 and beyond”. 

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Patient care providers should learn lessons from Aviation Safety- Prof. Paul Barach

ISLAMABAD: Prof. Dr. Paul Barach from USA an international leader of Patient Safety, quality improvement and system change from USA was the keynote speaker at the Workshop on Patient Safety organized by Fazaia Medical College, AIR University here last month. In his speech he stressed the idea of developing systems according to context. He also discussed the similarities between patient care and Aviation Safety and why this is high time for patient care providers to learn lessons from Aviation Safety. The theme of the workshop was Designing Reliable Health Care System in Pakistan.

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We need anti-platelet therapy for longer period as compared to the West-Prof. Samad

LAHORE: As a part of its Continuing Medical Education programme and creating awareness about the uses of Aspirin among healthcare professionals, Pakistan Aspirin Foundation in collaboration with Atco Laboratories organized a meeting here on February 25, 2017.  Prof. Akbar Chaudhry Principal Azra Naheed Medical College and Dr. Qazi Abdul Saboor Associate Professor from Shaikh Zayed Hospital were the two guest speakers. The panel of experts included Prof. Abdus Samad, Prof. Shahryar Sheikh, Prof. Khalid Masood Gondal and Prof. Javed Akram Vice Chancellor Shaheed Zulfikar Ali Bhutto Medical University who is also President of Pakistan Aspirin Foundation.

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HAL plus RAR is safe, good for patients satisfaction and long term results are also satisfactory-Dr.Wasif Majid

LAHORE: Dr. Wasif Majid Chaudhry was the first speaker during one of the scientific sessions devoted to Surgery and Radiology at the First International Medical Conference organized by Shalamar Medical & Dental College from February 3-5, 2017.The topic of his presentation as Hemorrhoidal Artery Ligation Operation which was based on his three years’ experience.  The prevalence of hemorrhoids, he said is about 4% in general population and it is classified as Stage 1-4. Different surgical procedures are performed for different degree of prolapse. In Stage-1 one should add fiber to the diet, use laxatives and liquids. In Stage-2, injection sclerotherapy, haemorrhoidectomy and rubber band ligation are used. Improvement of symptoms of hemorrhoids improves the quality of life of the patient.

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