Experts discuss Curriculum and Accreditation standards for Pakistani Medical Schools

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 Proceedings of Second ICHPE 2018 by UOL-VII

Experts discuss Curriculum and Accreditation
standards for Pakistani Medical Schools

Medical Universities should have autonomy
in admission policy- Lubna Baig

Look into social accountability of medical schools
to see whether they meet the expectations
of the society-Prof. Idrees Anwar

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.

Prof. Lubna Baig Pro VC Jinnah Sindh Medical University from Karachi was the first speaker. Speaking about standards for universities she spoke about legislation, institutional resources, mission statement of the university, admission process and the examination system. Under the new rules, it is said that PM&DC will inspect all the universities first and then HEC will recognize them. She also talked about developing curriculum for medical schools, revision and updating the various documents, the centralized admission process. She was of the view that universities should have autonomy in admission policy, record students drop out and expulsion of students with possible reasons. Medical universities have many affiliated institutions which includes medical and dental colleges, nursing schools, and Allied Health Sciences schools. Some of them were affiliated with some other university before they started functioning as a university independently. She laid emphasis on faculty and staff confidentiality and need to promote health gymnasium in the universities, provide student support services.

Continuing Prof. Lubna Baig said that the university should have facilities for students with learning disabilities and handicapped students. University can select their own students. Faculty is encouraged to publish in Impact Factor journals. She laid emphasize on quality assurance programmes, research and scholarship, promote and reward the research done by the faculty staff and students.

Prof. Mohammad Tariq from AKU talked about scoring of performance based accreditation, mandatory and essential documents to apply for accreditation. He also mentioned about institutional resources, transparent structure, equipment details, and human resource, human resource department is mandatory. He then referred to academic progress, drop outs, expulsion of students and quality enhancement cell, pre and post examination processes, faculty staff evaluation, maintaining personal files, student’s evaluation and plagiarism policy.

Prof. Rahila Yasmeen was of the view that medical colleges should have full autonomy to select students. She also talked about successful implementation of accreditation model, decision making board, and financial incentives to the faculty. Standards can be developed by experts and monitoring done by the regulatory bodies. All this will help us achieve Health for All, she added.

Dr. Gohar Wajid stated that the doctors we produce should be able to serve our own country and not United States, UK or Canada. Standards should be measurable and if they cannot be measured, they are not standards. These standards should also be valid and implementable, take care of the interests of the community and public at large. Feedback from the students is very important. Standards have to be cost effective. There is difference between standards and regulations. PM&DC should have its own inspection. Hopefully we will soon have a Dept. or Division of Medical Education in PM&DC, he remarked.

Prof. Idrees Anwar from Rawalpindi Medical University spoke about challenges in accreditation and compliance with international standards. He said that we have over one hundred fifty medical and dental schools and will they all comply with standards. He also talked about conflict of interest and commercialization of medical schools, faculty development and increase in tuition fees to have resources. Accreditation is a dynamic process. We need to look into social accountability of medical schools, documentation of standards and whether they meet the expectations of the society. He then referred to leadership challenges, challenges in decision making. Medical Colleges should be trained to fulfill the needs of the nation, help people and serve the community. He also talked about accreditation of programmes and said that PM&DC was not accrediting online programmes. They should be ready to accredit these programmes. There is a need for CPD accreditation body. It should be separate from the PM&DC, give Credit Hours and ensure that all medical colleges are accredited. Monitor the medical colleges, ensure social accountability and have uniform Continuous Development Programmes.

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