We have established Endowment Fund for Research, Scholarships for Undergraduate and Postgraduate Students-Prof. Javed Akram

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PSIM Mid-Summer Conference at Swat
We have established Endowment Fund for Research,
Scholarships for Undergraduate & Postgraduate
Students-Prof. Javed Akram
PSIM is a different society as our main Focus is on
Physician in the making - Prof. Tariq Waseem

SWAT: Pakistan Society of Internal Medicine (PSIM) organized its first and Mid-Summer conference here from 29th August to 1st September 2019 which attracted a large number of physicians as well as surgeons from all over the country though the local participation was not much. Prof. Israrul Haque, Principal and Chief Executive of Saidu Group of Hospitals was the chief guest on this occasion. Speaking in the inaugural session Prof. Javed Akram President of the PSIM who is also Vice Chancellor of University of Health Sciences Lahore said that we have established an Endowment Fund for Research and Scholarships for undergraduate as well as postgraduate students.

Continuing Prof. Javed Akram said that we have also established Clinical Trials unit at UHS. The Royal College of Physicians UK has also agreed to start holding MRCP Part-III the Paces exam in Pakistan. We are working on personalized medicine and we are also working to develop markers for non-responders to Statins. He also referred to the human right violations and non-provision of healthcare facilities to the people of Occupied Kashmir where Curfew has been imposed for the last one month. There is shortage of not only healthcare facilities but drugs and medicines as well and they need our help and action on our part. We should not forget our Brothers and Sisters in occupied Kashmir. To show solidarity with them we will organize a March soon after the inaugural session and urge the world to open their eyes and put pressure on Indian Government to lift curfew and stop human right violations. Resistance to occupation is their right as they are fighting for their right of self determination as per UN resolutions, he added.


Prof. Sajid Abaidullah alongwith, Prof. Bilal Bin Younus and Baacha Amin chairing one of
the sessions during the PSIM conference. Also sitting on the dais are Dr. Bilal S.Mohydin
and Prof. Munir Azhar speakers in this
session.

Prof. Israrul Haque Chief Executive of Saidu Group of Hospitals who was the chief guest in his address thanked PSIM for selecting Swat as a venue for their Mid-Summer conference. Swat, he said, was a peaceful area till 1970 when it was merged with Pakistan. After merger there has been gradual deterioration in law and order situation. Luckily now Peace has returned to Swat. Health services will become exemplary. Swat has become hub of academic activities which is evident from the fact that we have already hosted four conferences in the last three months and more conferences by various professional specialty organizations are under way. Such conferences will provide a unique opportunity to the young doctors for grooming. He offered all help of the Saidu Group of Hospitals and Medical College for any such academic activity in future as well.

Earlier Prof. Tariq Waseem Chief Organizer of the conference in his welcome address said that PSIM which was founded in January 2019 has already established its provincial and city chapters besides clinical co-coordinators all over the country. It has organized numerous clinical academic activities at various cities and during this short period, it has emerged as one of the most active professional specialty organization due to the untiring efforts of its members. PSIM is a different society as our focus, he said, was on Physicians in the making. We are working on teaching, training of residents, organizing academic activities for the faculty members to share our knowledge and experience. We wish to generate local data. For this conference sixty postgraduate students have been funded by the PSIM. We have a comprehensive scientific programme, we already had four pre-conference workshops on Good Clinical Practice which was conducted by Prof. Ali Jawa, and Prof. Munir Azhar facilitated the workshop on Emotional Intelligence while Dr. Suhail Chughtai facilitated the workshop on Reaching out to the unreachable through Telemedicine. All these workshops were organized at Saidu Group of Hospitals. Prof. Javed Iqbal conducted the workshop on Anger Management which was also organized at Saidu Medical College while Prof. Waqar facilitated the workshop on Diabetic Nephropathy at Nawaz Sharif Kidney Hospital. A Grand Round was also part of the scientific programme which was conducted Prof. Bilal Bin Younis, Prof.Tariq Waseem, Prof. Sajid Abaidullah, and Prof. Akmal Bhatti at Saidu Teaching Hospital Swat. We were delighted to know the quest for knowledge among the residents, postgraduates. Swat, Prof. Tariq Waseem said has suffered a lot. The postgraduates here were deprived of latest developments and now the time has come to make up for the lost time. There are two medical colleges and fifteen hundred beds in teaching hospitals. Hence, it is an excellent venue to organize a scientific meeting, he added.


Group photograph of some of the participants and faculty members, executive of PSIM
during the PSIM Mid-Summer Conference held at Swat recently.

Dr. Somia Iqtidar, Associate Professor of Medicine at KEMU and General Secretary of PSIM gave an overall view of the society. In her detailed comprehensive pictorial presentation she highlighted the aims and objectives of the society with main focus on Excellence in Professionalism, leaders in patient care and education. The society has so far organized conference on Telemedicine, numerous CME activities, Cardio Metabolic Summit, workshop on ECG interpretation besides a five days course for Residents. PSIM has also started a Mentorship Programme. Our South Chapter is also very active. We have also established a Friends of PSIM chapter, she added.

Citation for
late Prof. Faisal Masood

Prof. Azizur Rehman read a Citation for late Prof. Faisal Masood former VC of KEMU who passed away on 16th August 2019. He paid him rich tributes for his contributions to medical education and patient care. He had served with Prof. Faisal Masood for thirty five years. Late Prof. Faisal Masood served at King Edward Medical College, later at Allama Iqbal Medical College. He was an extraordinary man, intelligent, knowledgeable, sharp, witty, passionate researcher, great teacher, upright, untiring and utterly honest. He was always supercharged. He never looked tired. He strived to challenge himself and those around him to seek excellence to the highest level. He has been and will continue to be a source of inspiration for many.


Prof. Javed Iqbal Principal QAMC alongwith Prof. Javed Akram and Prof.Tariq Waseem presenting mementoes
to various speakers including Dr. Somia Iqtidar, Dr. Zaman and Prof. Bilal Bin Younus during the PSIM
Mid-Summer conference held at Swat from August 29th to September 1st 2019.

Late Prof. Faisal Masood, Prof. Azizur Rehman further stated was a very patriotic. He had lot of empathy for patients. He had a lot of interest in history, art, poetry, literature and music. He had love for humans and animals. What he did not have was greed, dishonesty and hypocrisy. He would say whatever he had to right on others face. That is why he made thousands of friends and some enemies as well. He used to say that he will fight for the cause and take the bullet on his chest, never on his back. He had and also admitted to have some eccentricities and idiosyncrasies. In fact that is what made him unique. All extra ordinary people, Prof. Azizur Rehman said, have these traits. He was stubborn, somewhat arrogant and very adamant. All this because he was a human. Not many could afford to be his enemy as he would always outsmart them.

Narrating some of his contributions Prof. Azizur Rehman said that late Prof. Faisal Masood established Diabetes Management Centre which was later upgraded to a full-fledged Endocrinology unit recognized by CPSP for fellowship training. He built the Services Institute of Medical Sciences with State of the Art building and equipment. He learnt computer language and developed Hospital Management System and Diabetes Management Systems for SIMS and DMC respectively. He played an instrumental role in fighting Dengue epidemic and developing guidelines for future. He also played a crucial role in identifying the culprit contaminant which resulted in many deaths amongst patients of PIC with heart disease. As VC of KEMU he restored the glory of Library Hall and Patiala Block. He revamped the old examination system and conducted a fair entry examination in very difficult times. As Director General of Human Organ Transplant Authority (HOTA) he developed and implemented the system to eradicate illegal kidney transplantation. He trained numerous Fellows and followers who will continue his mission. His death has been a great professional loss. He died a death which everyone will wish for. He has left a legacy that everyone will dream of. Though he has gone, but he will always be remembered, Prof. Azizur Rehman concluded.


Prof. Tariq Waseem, Prof. Javed Akram, Prof. Sajid Abaidullah, Dr. Somia Iqtidar, Prof.
Bilal Bin Younus, Prof. Aziz, Dr. Bilal Mohydin and Prof.
Munir Azhar photographed
during the PSIM conference held recently.

Dr. Mohammad Zaman spoke on Research Capacity Building and gave details of A4P project which stands of Aspirin for Primary Prevention of Cardiovascular Diseases in Pakistani Patients. He was of the view that we need local data. We have also formed a Genetic Disease Disability Group with inter disciplinary coordination. So far seven thousand genetic diseases, he said, have been identified. Pakistani population is different and we have too much consanguineous population due to cousin marriages. We will be working on vision impairment and intellectual disability as well.

In the A4P study for which funding is being asked from Pakistan Science Foundation and HEC besides funding by UHS, we will see the efficacy of use of Aspirin in primary prevention of cardiovascular diseases. Role of Aspirin in secondary prevention is very well established but due the recent ASCEND and ARRIVE study its use in primary prevention has become controversial and is under discussion at various forums. However, studies have showed 30% reduction in cardiovascular events with the use of Poly Pill which is a combination of three drugs. It also showed that the risk of intracranial bleed was not high. In the A4P study we plan to enroll over thirty thousand patients at three hundred ninety centers. Patients suffering from hypertension, diabetes mellitus and dyslipidaemias will be enrolled. It will be a placebo control trial in which 75mg Aspirin will be used. The investigators will be trained at UHS and the study is planned to continue for five years. We also plan to find out the genetic markers for Aspirin resistance. Good Clinical Practice Guidelines will be followed in this study. A steering committee for this study has already been formed and this trial will be monitored by a CRO, he added. Prof. Sajid Abaidullah presented the vote of thanks.


Prof. Javed Akram alongwith Prof. Sajid Abaidullah, Prof. Munir Azhar, Dr. Bilal S. Mohydin,
Tariq Waseem, Prof. Javed Iqbal and others leading the Rally condemning the human right violations
in occupied Kashmir
during the PSIM Mid-Summer Conference on August 30th 2019 at Swat.

Kashmir Rally

Later the participants had a March to show solidarity with the people of Kashmir. The March was lead by Prof. Javed Akram President of PSIM along with other executive committee members of the society. The march was also joined by students of various nearby schools. The Rally was addressed by various speakers who criticized the Indian Government for its human right violations and atrocities in occupied Kashmir and urged the World community not to remain silent spectators but put pressure on Indian Government to lift curfew, stop human right violations and ensure provision of healthcare facilities to the victims of the Indian occupation forces on Kashmiris who are struggling for their right for self determination as promised by the United Nations.