Accreditation standards for medical colleges should be measurable, valid, cost effective, reliable, acceptable to stake holders and implementable-Dr. Gohar Wajid

LAHORE: Pakistan needs to develop accreditation system for medical and dental colleges to improve medical education in the country. However, it is important that these accreditation standards are measurable, valid, reliable, cost effective, acceptable to stake holders and implementable. We cannot implement United States, UK or Canadian standards but we can learn from the principles and look at their standards. This was stated by Dr. Gohar Wajid a noted medical educationists while speaking on “Development of accreditation system for medical colleges in Pakistan” 

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Journals Committee finalizes TORs for recognition, evaluation of medical journals with input from professional medical editors

ISLAMABAD: For the first time in the history of Pakistan Medical & Dental Council, the Journals Committee of PM&DC has finalized the Terms of Reference (TORs) for recognition and evaluation of medical journals with the input from professional medical editors. Credit for this goes to Prof. Arshad Javed Vice Chancellor of Khyber Medical University who was appointed Chairman of the Journals Committee in the newly constituted adhoc committee of PM&DC by the orders of Supreme Court of Pakistan which is now headed by Mr. Justice (Retd) Shakirullah Jan.

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All healthcare professionals need to update their skills-Prof. Javed Akram

LAHORE: All healthcare professionals need to update their clinical skills. Every medical institution should cooperate with each other; there is no point in competing. We all should combine our resources to ensure judicious use of the available facilities. This was stated by Prof. Javed Akram Vice Chancellor of University of Health Sciences who was the chief guest in the concluding session of International Conference on Health Professions Education (ICHPE 2018) organized by University of Lahore from October 14-17th  2018.

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Excessive use of fiber does not prevent Rectal cancer- Prof. Francis Seow-Choen

KARACHI: Many interesting topics in colorectal surgery were discussed by the guest speakers Prof.  Francis Seow-Choen from Singapore and Prof. Roger Motson from UK during the four day surgical week for colorectal diseases held at JPMC Karachi from October 8-11, 2018.

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13,348 Pakistani physicians are in active practice in USA while 25% of Residents are IMGs-Jack Boulet

LAHORE: The first plenary session during the Second International Conference on Health Professions Education organized by University of Lahore from October 14-17th was jointly chaired by Dr.Gohar Wajid, Prof. Idrees Anwar and Prof. Rahila Yasmeen. Dr. Jack Boulet from USA was the first speaker who spoke on the Contribution of Pakistani educated physicians to the international health workforce. 

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Excellent teamwork and Professionalism at its best was visible at the ICHPE 2018

LAHORE: Excellent team work and professionalism at its best was visible throughout the four day Second International Conference on Health Professions Education organized by the University of Lahore from October 14-17th 2018. Starting from the first announcement of the conference to the frequent updates, invitation to the speakers, identification of the guest speakers, facilitators for the different workshops and Experts Session, printing of the conference programme book.

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Aspirin is good enough for VTE prevention after knee replacement

Aspirin was at least as good for preventing venous thromboembolism (VTE) after total knee replacement surgery as anticoagulant drugs such as warfarin, low molecular weight heparin, and the newer oral medications, according to a large retrospective analysis.

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Experts discuss novel developments in neuroscience

KARACHI: Leading scientists from Spain, USA and the UK came together to share the latest developments in brain research at the 4th Annual Neuroscience Conference at Aga Khan University recently. Experts at the conference discussed emerging research into diseases of the mind, brain and central nervous system while also deliberating on ways to expand the breadth and depth of neuroscience research in Pakistan.

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New WHO guideline aims to help reduce worldwide increase in caesarean section rates

A caesarean section is a surgical procedure that, when undertaken for medical reasons, can save the life of a woman and her baby. Many caesarean sections are undertaken unnecessarily however, which can put the lives and well-being of women and their babies at risk – both in the short and the long-term.

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Breathing through the nose aids memory storage

Research into how breathing affects the brain has become an ever-more popular field in recent years and new methodologies have enabled more studies, many of which have concentrated on the memory. Researchers from Karolinska Institute now show that participants who breathe through the nose consolidate their memories better.

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Hepatitis is a multidimensional disease

KARACHI: Hepatitis is a multidimensional disease. Pricking of IV infusion bottles could be one of the causes but other avenues are also needed to be addressed properly. Pricking of IV Infusion Bottle is still a common problem and awareness in this regard is most important. This was stated by Prof. Muhammad Zubair Ahmed, Head Department of Surgery at Dow University of Health Sciences /Civil Hospital Karachi while performing the Otsuka lucky draw held at Department of Surgery, Civil Hospital Karachi on 25th October, 2018. 

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Antiepileptic drugs linked to higher risk of stroke in persons with Alzheimer’s disease

Antiepileptic drug use is associated with an increased risk of stroke among persons with Alzheimer’s disease, according to a new study from the University of Eastern Finland. The risk did not differ between old and new antiepileptic drugs. The results were published in the Journal of the American Heart Association.

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