NICVD with state of the art teaching, training and patient care facilities is showpiece of cardiology in Pakistan


 CPSP President’s interaction with trainees in cardiology

NICVD with state of the art teaching, training
and patient care facilities is showpiece 
of cardiology in Pakistan

Faculties serve as eyes and ears
of CPSP - Prof. Zafar Ullah Chaudhry

KARACHI: National Institute of Cardiovascular Diseases (NICVD) having state of the art teaching, training and patient care facilities is the showpiece of cardiology in Pakistan. The faculties of CPSP have now been strengthened and they serve as eyes and ears of this institution. This was stated by Prof.Zafar Ullah Chaudhry President of CPSP during his interaction with trainees of cardiology at NICVD on November 3rd 2012. Dean Faculty of Cardiology at CPSP Prof.Azhar MA. Farooqui, convener of examiners in cardiology Prof. M. Ishaq, Executive Director of NICVD Prof. Khan Shah Zaman Khan, Dr.Basheer Haneef and faculty members of NICVD were also present on this occasion.

President CPSP had an interactive session with the trainees in cardiology during
his visit to NICVD recently. Photograph taken on this occasion shows him
responding to some questions from the participants. Also sitting along
with him from (L to R) are Prof.M. Ishaq, Prof.Khan Shah Zaman Khan
Director NICVD and Prof. Azhar M. A. Farooqui.

Karachi, Prof. Zafarullah Chaudhry said was a city of philanthropists and we in CPSP have been able to function on self finance and self supporting basis. We do remind the supervisors and trainers of their responsibilities from time to time. The concept of teaching and training, he further stated, has now changed. We also plan to provide training facilities to our postgraduates in developing countries and with the special arrangements which we have made now the trainees will have access to over five hundred university libraries at their home. They will be issued pass word. CPSP has now developed over a dozen conference halls with sate of the art audiovisual facilities and these facilities will also be made available to other institutions and organizations.
The curriculum of FCPS has undergone lot of changes. We do provide broad outline of training and do ensure that the questions are based on the training being imparted. We make sure that a question which a supervisor is able to solve in ten minutes the trainees should be able to solve it in fifteen minutes. He advised the trainees to come out of the undergraduate mentality. Prof. M.Ishaq pointed out that the trainees are supposed to know which you are likely to see in your practice. Training is a full time job but if you start practice, you cannot concentrate on your training. He further stated that there is over emphasis in clinical methods during the examination. We wish to see how you examine the patient and how do you approach the patient. You are expected to know all this. Prof.Zafarullah Chaudhry said that the trainees must understand that FCPS is an exit examination and not an entry examination.Prof. Azhar Faroqui remarked that it is the training and experience which matters. Certification has now become essential otherwise previously in United States once the trainee had successfully completed training, it was upto him or her to take exam or not. They were all known as board eligible. Another question which was asked on behalf of the trainees by Dr.Fawad who was moderating the session was that if the trainees can rate their supervisors. At this Prof.Zafar Ullah Chaudhry said that you must read the prospectus carefully. You always have a right to appeal. He further stated that the supervisor perhaps do not know that we have a nerve center at CPSP. We found out that while the majority of the postgraduates were filling in their log books, it was not being checked by their supervisors and their compliance was much low. Hence, reminders were sent to them and it has helped increase this compliance. Those who fail to do their job satisfactory might be removed as supervisors. However, he made it clear that CPSP have tremendous respect for the supervisors who do a commendable job. Prof. Ishaq asked the faculty of NICVD to prepare a model question paper and send it to them and they will see. Once a question is prepared, it goes through different stages before it is finalized. Dr.Basheer Haneef remarked that the trainees must understand that in a paper there are some question which are quite easy, others are routine but a few are of high grade as they are being assessed for their overall competence. They are not going to become Professor of CAD or IHD but they are supposed to have comprehensive knowledge of cardiology as a subject. Prof. Ishaq remarked that the trainees must concentrate on their studies and training. They should be grateful and never underestimate the facilities which are available to them. They should be thankful to God Almighty for all this.
Earlier Prof. Khan Shah Zaman Khan Executive Director of NICVD in his welcome address said that the objective of this meeting was to provide an opportunity to the President of CPSP to have interaction with trainees in cardiology. CPSP under the leadership of Prof.Zafarullah Chaudhry, he said, has made tremendous progress. NICVD, he said, was as old as NICVD and it is the mother of cardiology in Pakistan. With five hundred beds, it is the biggest cardiac center. We have three departments of cardiology, two departments of cardiac surgery, paediatric cardiology and paediatric cardiac surgery facilities, three Coronary Care Units, one large Intensive Care Unit, sixty paying beds, seven cath labs, seven operation theatres, non-invasive state of the art facilities. We have about hundred emergency cardiac admissions and thirty elective admissions daily. About eight thousand angiographies are performed every year while the number of percutaneous interventions is over three thousand; over two thousand cardiac surgeries and five hundred pace makers are installed annually. We have started primary angioplasty programme which costs just one hundred thousand rupees and in case the patient is non-affording, to save the live, it is also offered free of cost. We have excellent invasive and non-invasive training facilities for the trainees to learn. A professional skill centre was established at NICVD last year which has so far trained over one thousand people in basic life support. ACLS course has also been done by the entire faculty. So far we have trained over hundred consultant’s cardiologists and cardiac surgeons who are serving all over the country. Many years ago Diploma in cardiology was also started for those who could not do FCPS and they are serving at DHQ Hospitals. It was stopped but once again it has been started. We have regular morning meeting, noon conferences, journal club, ECG interpretation sessions and look at the performance of trainees and try to help sort out their problems if any. We are now planning to have a separate ICU for paediatric cardiology, he added.