Since May 2015 NICVD has performed 1601 primary angioplasties with 4.9% mortality

KARACHI: National Institute of Cardiovascular Diseases (NICVD) the premier mother cardiac institution of Pakistan is setting new standards for cardiac care.  Primary angioplasty for patients with acute myocardial infarction coming to NICVD was initiated on May 18th 2015 and so far till November 4, 2015 sixteen hundred one primary angioplasties have been performed with a mortality rate of 4.9%. It also includes high risk patients coming with cardiogenic shock. Ever since Prof. Nadeem Qamar has taken over as the new Director, a positive qualitative administrative change is visible at the institution. 

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UHS launches Pakistan’s First Digital CME programe for capacity building of Healthcare professionals

LAHORE: University of Health Sciences Lahore created history by becoming the first medical institution in Pakistan to launch Digital Continuing Medical Education programme. It was formally launched on October 30th 2015 at the inaugural session of the International Medical Education Conference which was attended by a large number of international experts in the field of medical education besides medical educationists from all over Pakistan. This is a unique initiative by the UHS in collaboration with PharmEvo Pharmaceuticals.

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Pakistan should produce doctors which can work in low resources setting-Sara Afzal

LAHORE: The need and demands of the community is changing and all these issues have influence on practice of medicine.  Basic requirement of medical education is primary health care and leadership management. Pakistan should be producing doctors which can work in low resources setting. This was stated by Ms. Sara Afzal Federal Minister of State for National Health Services, Regulation and Coordination. She was speaking at the International conference on “The integrated curriculum for an “Un-integrated” practice held at the University of Health Sciences from October 29-31st 2015. 

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Professionalism is directly dependent on ability, competence and morality of the Chief Editor- Dr. George Lundberg

NEW DELHI (INDIA): Scientific programme of the WAME conference held in India from October 2-4th 2015 started with an excellent presentation by Dr. George Lundberg who had served as Editor of JAMA for thirty years and is one of the founding members of WAME which was formed in Italy twenty years ago. The topic of his presentation was “What are the Global Pillars of Professionalism for the Medical Editors? Professionalism Dr. George Lundberg said is directly dependent on ability, competence and morality of the Chief Editor. He also mentioned about personal morality, societal ethics and public law.

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Many people with obesity consider themselves healthy despite obesity-related comorbidities

LOS ANGELESInitial data from the Awareness, Care & Treatment IObesity Management (ACTION), the first nationwide U.S. study to investigate barriers to obesity management was presented recently at the 3rd annual combined congress of the American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery and The Obesity Society. Notably, results highlight a general lack of understanding of obesity as a disease and its impact on the body, with the majority of people with obesity (75%) indicating that they perceive themselves as “healthy”, although nearly three-quarters had obesity-related comorbidities.

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Prof. Naeem Jafarey passes away

Prof. Naeem Aon Jafarey an eminent educationist who was an important pillar of Basic Medical Sciences Institute at country’s premier postgraduate medical institution, Jinnah Postgraduate Medical Center Karachi for many years passed away on Monday November 2, 2015 at the age of 86 years. He and Prof. Sadiqua Jafary his wife were important members of the JPMC faculty and both retired some years ago after a distinguished service.

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Movers and Shakers in Medical Education should not be the administrators but those who have knowledge and skills

KARACHI: At present there are no standards for accrediting Health Professional Education programmes. It is up to the PM&DC inspectors who come and see what is going on. In fact standards are more important for the institutions which are running the MPHE programmes. It is extremely important to have a full time on site faculty of at least two to three people. However, at some institutions running MPHE programmes onsite faculty is not there. Visiting faculty comes and goes with the result that overall development and quality is not assured.

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Cardio Metabolic Forum of Pakistan formed to focus on NCDs

KARACHI: A meeting of eminent cardiologists and diabetologist held at Karachi on Sunday November 8th discussed the possibilities of forming a Forum to liaison with different bodies working in the management of Non-Communicable Diseases.  The initiative was taken by Prof. Abdul Basit an eminent diabetologist and Director of Baqai Institute of Diabetes and Endocrinology (BIDE) affiliated with Baqai Medical University and Prof. Mohammad Ishaq from Pakistan Hypertension League.

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