PM&DC will always welcome proposals and suggestions from the medical profession-Justice Shakirullah Jan


 Workshop on Medical Editing and Publications at KEMU

PM&DC will always welcome proposals
and suggestions from the medical
profession - Justice Shakirullah Jan

Impact of research is more important
than Impact Factor - Javed Akram

LAHORE: We are putting all our efforts to improve and standardization of the curriculum and at present all our efforts are directed towards this. We have always welcomed proposals and suggestions from the medical profession. We have done inspection of medical colleges which were not inspected for the last twelve to sixteen years. There has been variation in inspection reports and to avoid this, we have organized training workshops for inspectors. This was stated by Ms.Justice (Retd) Shakirullah Jan President of Pakistan Medical & Dental Council. He was speaking at the workshop on Medial Editing and Publicaitons organized by PM&DC at King Edward Medical University on December 6th 2018. Prof.Javed Akram Vice Chancellor of University of Health Sciences Lahore was the Guest of Honor on this occasion. Vice Chancellor of Fatima Jinnah Medical University Prof.Amir Zaman Khan and Prof. Mahmood Ayaz Principal Services Institute of Medical Sciences were also present on this occasion while Prof.Khalid Masood Gondal VC KEMU was the host.

Prof. Khalid Masood Gondal alongwith Prof. Javed Akram, Prof. Saira Afzal and Prof. Ijaz
Hussain presenting a mementoe to Mr. Justice Shakirullah Jan President of PM&DC at
the Workshop on Medical Editing and Publication held at KEMU on December 6th, 2018.

Justice Shakirullah Jan further stated that the PM&DC has prepared the curriculum, laid down criteria for recognition of medical universities, set up a committee for undergraduate and postgraduate curriculum. We have done inspection of all public sector medical colleges and drafted the PM&DC Ordinance 2018 which will soon be presented to the Government. Recognition criteria for medical universities have been laid down. We have developed new Accreditation standards for medical and dental education. Medial universities will be accredited first by the PM&DC and then by the Higher Education Commission. The disputes between the PM&DC and CPSP have been resolved as a result the CPSP has withdrawn cases against the PM&DC. We have improved relationship with the HEC and all issues have been amicably settled. Admission process in medical and dental colleges has been streamlined with the induction of centralized admissions. Criteria for appointment of faculty members have been standardized. There were over thirteen thousand cases of renewal of PM&DC membership pending which have been almost cleared and now just about three hundred cases are pending. All pending cases of faculty registration have also been approved.

We have set up a cafeteria for the doctors visiting the PM&DC, provided proper sitting room for them. Registration will be made online and all rules and regulations are being worked out. Medical colleges located in far flung areas are also being inspected particularly in rural areas of Baluchistan. He assured the medical profession that PM&DC will listen to their concerns and the points which are raised by them will be addressed. So far we have inspected sixty eight medical and dental colleges, recommended closure of four colleges; eleven newly established colleges have been inspected. While taking these steps, we have ensured that the career of the admitted students is not disturbed. Seat allocation for two medical colleges has been reduced. We have imposed financial penalty on institutions which had done over admissions and they have been asked to pay the fees charged from those students to PM&DC. Some institutions have faculty shortage. One hundred seventy two postgraduate programmes have been accredited. We have established the Medical Education Cell and section of Medical Journals in the PM&DC, he added.

President PM&DC Mr. Justice Shakirullah Jan, Prof.Khalid Masood Gondal VC KEMU, Prof. Javed Akram VC UHS,
Prof. Amar Zaman Khan VC FJMU, Prof. Mahmood Ayaz Principal SIMS photographed alongwith the facilitators
Mr. Shaukat Ali Jawaid, Dr. Mubeen Rathore, Prof.Saira Afzal, Dr. M. Irfan, Dr. Imdad Ali, Prof. Saqib Saeed
and participants of the Workshop on Medical Editing and Publications held at KEMU on December 6th 2018.

Prof. Javed Akram in his address highlighted the role of different institutons in research and Publicaitons. We need to understand it and they can be asked to build up their professional capacity. Extra ordinary efforts are being made by the PM&DC in this regard. Referring to the medical journals and their quality, Prof.Javed Akram opined that Impact of research was more important than the Impact Factor. It is essential that research should have an impact. We should compete on this as it is difficult to convert impact factor into impact. Converting medical innovation into commercial activity is not easy due to various powerful mafias operating in the country who do everything to protect their commercial interests. We have cloned skin graft which is very safe and economical and we can export it overseas for which it is essential that it must be registered in Pakistan. UHS is organizing a two day conference on standardization of undergraduate and postgraduate curriculum and indigenous research. Good research, he opined, will improve the standard of our medical journals and their quality will also improve. At present we cannot do Phase-I studies in Pakistan as we do not have the required infrastructure. Pakistan Aspirin Foundation, he further stated, is planning to conduct a landmark primary prevention study. We are publishing a book which will be included in the curriculum which will help improve the attitude and behaviour of healthcare professionals. We at UHS are also planning to introduce a Master’s programme in Medical Journalism, he remarked.

Prof.Khalid Masood Gondal VC KEMU spoke about the historical background of KEMU which started in 1860, was upgraded to medical university in 2006 and at present it has four thousand beds in affiliated hospitals. We have collaboration with twenty universities and institutons at home and overseas. About 60% of the budget is provided by the provincial government, 15% by HEC and the remaining 25% is generated by the university itself. A new KEMU campus is being built at 230 acres of land and we are all working as a team, he remarked.

Earlier in the first session Prof. Saqib Saeed in his welcome address gave details about the Annals of KEMU, its peer review process. All research activities at the KEMU and its affiliated hospitals, he said, are approved by the ethics committee and Board of advance studies approves all projects, proposals within three months. We keep a check to ensure authenticity of research projects. We hold regular meetings to review ongoing research work. We have audit and plagiarism reporting committee. During 2017 KEMU faculty members published 253 papers of which 45% were in Impact Factor Journals.

Dr. Imdad Ali officer in charge of publications section at PM&DC highlighted the terms of reference recently approved by the PM&DC for the evaluation and recognition of medical journals. The journal must publish atleast two issues in a year, last ten years issue must be available on the journal website. Each issue must have atleast five original articles and first six authors will get credit. There will be zero tolerance to plagiarism and the steps taken will increase Pakistan’s contributon to medical literature.

Mr. Shaukat Ali Jawaid Chief Editor Paksitan Journal of Medical Sciences and Secretary EMAME discussed in detail the measures which the editors should take to become author friendly, highlighted the importance of quick feed back to the authors and accelerating the review process. Dr. Mubeen Rathore from USA discussed the salient features of medical writing; ensure quality of manuscripts following well known principles, what should be covered in title, structured abstract, Introduciton, Methods, Results and Discussion sections. Asking for help is a strength and not weakness. He also referred to the differences in online and predatory journals. Prof. Saira Afzal spoke about features of Open and Blind peer review while Dr. M. Irfan talked about ensuring integrity of research.