Plenary Session, 40 oral & 60 Poster presentations was highlight of this academic event

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Research Day at FMH Medical & Dental College
Plenary Session, 40 oral & 60 Poster presentations
was highlight of this academic event
Prizes offered to the best oral, poster presentations

LAHORE: Nur International University and its affiliated institutions including FHM Medical and Dental College are striving for academic excellence. This was stated by Prof. Rakhshanda Rehman, Vice Chancellor NIU while speaking at the inaugural session of the 4th Research Day organized at FMH campus on March 11, 2020. The hospital, she pointed out, has nineteen specialties many of which are recognized for postgraduate training. This Research Day provides an opportunity to the students and faculty to share their knowledge and experience with their other colleagues which also promotes research culture.

This year, she pointed out, we received one hundred nine abstracts of which forty were accepted for oral presentations and over sixty were included in the poster session. In addition, there is a plenary session which includes three presentations by invited guest speakers on different topics. There is a dedicated session on Medical Education as well. In order to encourage research, best papers in oral and poster sessions will be given cash prizes for which undergraduate and postgraduates will be judged separately.

The Research Day was formally inaugurated by Mrs. Shahima Rehman, Chairperson Fatima Memorial System. In her inaugural address she pointed out that late Maulvi Ferozuddin had started this healthcare facility at a very small scale as a Trust and appointed his son Dr. Waheed PhD as its first Trustee. Later his son and the family has taken this legacy forward and now it has emerged as a well-established medical institution with many affiliated institutions including medical and dental nursing college. Affairs of the Trust are run and managed in a very transparent manner and all those working here make this Trust and Fatima Memorial System. Prof. Bilal Bin Younis Principal Medical College and Principal of Dental College, Prof. Abid Ashar were also present on this occasion.


Group photograph taken during the Annual Research Day celebrated by Fatema Memorial
Hospital on March 11th shows some of the invited guest speakers and senior faculty
members of FMH Medical and Dental College alongwith Mrs. Shahima Rehman,
Prof. Saulat Siddique, Principal FHM Medical College Prof. Bilal Bin Younus,
Mr. Rakhshanda Rehman and others.

Plenary Session

Mr. Shaukat Ali Jawaid Chief Editor of Pakistan Journal of Medical Sciences and Secretary of Eastern Mediterranean Association of Medical Editors (EMAME) was the first speaker in this session who talked about Scientific Writing and Publishing. Tracing the history of medical writing and Medical Journalism in Pakistan he said in the 60s, we had just four medical journals and authors were paid for contributing manuscripts. We never knew anything about peer review and plagiarism but now the situation has changed a lot. Authors are now charged publication fee by most of the journals. Currently only three medical journals in Pakistan which includes Pak J Med Sci, JPMA and Journal of CPSP enjoy Impact Factor. He then talked about the reasons for desk rejection of manuscripts during initial screening also known as Editor’s Triage. These included authors’ failure to follow instructions, poor literature search, poor presentation, too lengthy manuscripts, defective study design, Me Too studies etc.

Then he discussed in detail how to write a scientific paper, described the essential components of a structured abstract, what information has to be included in Introduction, Methods, Results, Discussion and emphasized the importance that only relevant latest studies pertaining to the last five years should be quoted. Great care has to be taken as regards authorship and ICMJE authorship criteria must be followed. Refrain from offering Gift Authorship, involve the statistician in the project before starting the study as he/she will be able to advise you about the sample size and will also be helpful in statistical analysis. Be careful while selecting a topic for the study and make sure that the topic selected will enable you to get enough patients. Moreover if the study involves expensive investigations, arrange for proper funding beforehand otherwise you will be struck up. He also shared some useful tips with the audience regarding scientific writing.


Fatema Memorial Hospital celebrated its Annual Research Day on March 11th, 2020. Photograph
shows form (L to R) Prof. Javed Gardezi, Mr.Shaukat Ali Jawaid, Dr.Saroosh Saleem Qazi
Prof. Bilal Bin Younus and Dr. Asim being presented Mementoes during the inaugural session.

Continuing he referred to the initiatives taken by Pakistan Association of Medical Editors in collaboration with University of Health Sciences (UHS) to start training programmes for Medical Editors to help improve the quality and standard of the medical journals. It includes six months Certificate Course in Medical Editing which will be followed by an Advance Course in Medical Editing which will also be of six months duration and both have two contact sessions of four days. Hopefully it will then lead to Masters in Medical Journalism. The first batch of Certificate Course in Medical Editing has just concluded and the final assessment, Viva Exam scheduled for March 16th 2020 had to be postponed due to the Corona Virus. There were sixty applicants for thirty seats and in the first batch twenty three of the participants selected were those who are already affiliated with some journal. He concluded his presentation by requesting the authors not to pressurize the Editors. Processing of manuscripts, peer review takes lot of time and there is no short cut. Editors have to face lot of pressures and authors are known as the most dangerous pressure groups, he concluded.

Dr. Saroosh Saleem Qazi was the next speaker who talked about Medical Ethics. Ethics, she opined, cannot be avoided. A physician is supposed to be knowledgeable, Skillful and must be capable of taking correct decisions. Ethics is learnt at home in the family and not at medical schools through lectures. In fact professional ethics is learnt by observing the seniors. It is an important component of ethical medical practice. Physicians must recognize difficult situations and deal with them in a rationale professional way. Look at coverage of actions. She then referred to Ethics, Integrity, Respect and Honesty, Standard of Care, Conflict of Interest, Informed Consent and advised the physicians to balance the Harm vs. Benefits. Some patients are vulnerable. Research is affected by ethical cultural environment. Doctors must help in resolving the disputes, maintain clear conscience, holistic care and humanism are imperative to health care, she added.

Dr. Asim Malik Consultant Surgeon at FMH and a faculty member of the medical college discussed new techniques in surgical procedures. To undertake such procedures one needs dedicated skilled consultant. At FMH, he said, we are fortunate to have round the clock consultant coverage even in the emergency. We offer effective multidisciplinary management involving Gastroenterologist, Nephrologist, Anesthetist and Surgeon. We have state of the art equipment in which the hospital management has made enough investment which is extremely helpful in patient management. We are glad to offer almost all the advanced surgical procedures including laparoscopic surgery, Hepato Biliary Surgery, Urological Surgery, Oncological Surgery, Bariatric Surgery and Gynecological oncology services, acute abdomen Lap Nephrectomy, removal of stones in the ureter, and Lobectomy. We also plan Robotic Surgery in the future. He concluded his presentation by stating that Learn and then train your juniors which is all research.

A number of interesting informative presentations were made at the three concurrent sessions the topics also included Medical Errors and how to ensure Patient Safety.