Successive Governments have failed to implement NBC Guidelines on Physician’s Interaction with Pharma Trade and Industry

ISLAMABAD: Pharmaceutical trade and industry all over the world sponsors medical conferences, seminars, symposia as well as all other Continuing Medical Education Programmes for the medical profession but they have some principles, clearly laid down guidelines which are implemented in letter and spirit. However, in Pakistan in the absence of any monitoring and accountability, over the years the situation has gone from bad to worse. Pharma industry is now also fed up with the ever increasing demands for more and more funding from the medical profession for organizing these conferences at Five Star Hotels. 

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Internal examiners eliminated from undergraduate, postgraduate examinations

LAHORE: November 05: In order to ensure transparency in the practical examinations, the University of Health Sciences (UHS) has decided to do away with the internal examiners in all professional undergraduate and postgraduate examinations. This was decided in 54th meeting of UHS Syndicate held here recently with Vice Chancellor Prof. Javed Akram in the chair.

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PM&DC should also categorize medical Journals based on their standard like HEC-Prof. Tariq Rafi

KARACHI: Two more junior editors Dr. Usman Ghani Associate Editor of Rawal Medical Journal from Islamabad and Mr. Rehan Ahsan Malik Manager Life and Science Journal which will soon be published by National University of Medical Sciences successfully completed the week long training course for Junior Editors on November 10th 2018. They were the recipients of Dr. Maqbool Jafary Memorial Scholarship for Junior Editors started by Pakistan Journal of Medical Sciences in memory of their founder Chief Editor. The course started on November 5th 2018.

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Many medical teachers do not practice what they preach then how we expect doctors to behave ethically-Prof. Mughees Baig

LAHORE: One of the scientific sessions during the Second ICHPE 2018 organized by University of Lahore from October 14-17th was devoted to “What the Experts Say”. It had nine presentation. Prof. Mughees Baig was the first speaker whose presentation was on “Professionalism should be taught or demonstrated”. He laid emphasis on altruism, accountability excellence, dignity and honour, integrity, respect for others. Physicians, he opined, sometimes fail to respect the patient and their families. 

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Selection criteria for students of medical colleges should reflect needs of the country-Javed Akram

LAHORE: One of the important sessions during the recently concluded Second International Conference of Health Professions Education (ICHPE 2018) was on criteria for selection of students for medical and dental colleges. This session was chaired by Prof. Jack Boulet along with with Prof. Muhammad Tariq from AKU Karachi and Prof. Rahila Yasmeen. Dr. Mahwish Arooj was the moderator of this session.

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Experts discuss Curriculum and Accreditation standards for Pakistani Medical Schools

LAHORE: Prof. Moghees Baig along with Prof. Dr. Farrukh and Mr. Shaukat Ali Jawaid chaired the symposium on Curriculum and Accreditation standards during the Second ICHPE 2018 organized by University of Lahore recently. Dr. Usman Mehboob was the moderator for this session.

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Fecal incontinence is under reported as patients are reluctant to discuss it-Prof. Francis Seow-Choen

KARACHI: On Third Day of the 13th Annual Surgical Week for Colorectal Diseases organized by JPMC Karachi from October 8-11th 2018 Prof. Francis Seow-Choen started the day’s proceedings with a presentation on Strategies in Fecal incontinence. He pointed out that people are reluctant to discuss this and it remains under reported. Its prevalence is reported to be 8.3-20% among US women and only one third of these US women seek care. 

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Dr. Afzal Javed honoured with National Award on Mental Health at Moscow

LONDON: Dr Afzal Javed a noted psychiatrist of Pakistani origin and President Elect of World Psychiatric Association, President Asian Federation of Psychiatric Associations and Chairman Pakistan Psychiatric Research Centre, Fountain House Lahore has been honoured with the National Award on Mental Health. The award was presented to him at a recently held congress on mental Health at Moscow. 

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NUMS Conducts Training in Data Management and Biostatistics on SPSS and STATA

RAWALPINDI: Through the HEC Visiting Foreign Faculty Program, which was inaugurated by Pro Vice Chancellor Maj. Gen. (Reted) Muhammad Aslam, The National University of Medical Sciences (NUMS) organized a training titled “Data Management and Biostatistics on SPSS and STATA”, from 1 to 7 November 2018, Army Medical College, Rawalpindi. 

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Diet, physical activity, healthy life style modifications are key factors for diabetes control-Prof. Zaman sheikh

KARACHI: Diet, physical activity and healthy life style modification are the key factors for diabetes control. It is a silent killer disease and not reversible and is also cause of major complications. This was stated by Prof. M. Zaman Sheikh, Professor of Medicine at Sir Syed College of Medical Sciences and Director SSIDE Karachi, while speaking at World Diabetes Day function organized by Sir Syed College of Medical Sciences at a local hotel here on 5th November 2018.

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New curriculum lays emphasis on Doctor-patient relationship and medical ethics

NEW DELHI: India has finally revised its MBBS curriculum after a long gap of 21 years, recognizing the importance of training students not just to be good doctors, but also good communicators. The Medical Council of India last week finalized the new undergraduate curriculum, which will roll out nationally from the 2019 session starting August. The Board of Governors has approved the document which revisits the 1997 syllabus in context of emerging diseases and scientific advances.

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Aspirin use and cardiovascular outcome in patients with type-2 diabetes mellitus and heart failure: A population‐based cohort study

Background: Aspirin is of uncertain benefit for primary prevention in patients with type 2 diabetes mellitus (T2D). We assessed whether primary prevention with aspirin is beneficial in patients with T2D and heart failure (HF).

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