Department of Medical Education is the heart of an institution-Prof. Majeed Chahdury


 Int. Medical Education Conference by FMHCM&D attracts 480 delegates

Department of Medical Education is the heart
of an institution-Prof. Majeed Chahdury

20 Pre-Conference Workshops, 12 Keynote lectures in
3 Plenary sessions, panel discussions were the salient
features of the three day conference-Dr. Amina Ahmad

LAHORE: The Department of Medical Education is the heart of an institution. It has a role in every department may it be curriculum development, assessment or counseling of the teachers? In the Year 2004 we were just four medical educationists in the country and the first international medical education conference was organized by Fatima Jinnah Medical College in 2007. In the conference I had suggested that every medical institution should have a Department of Medical Education. Late Prof.Rose Madan the renowned medical teacher established the first Department of Medical Education in Pakistan at Fatima Jinnah Medical College. This was started by Prof. A.Majeed Chaudhry a noted medical educationist and Principal of Lahore Medical & Dental College. He was the chief guest at the concluding session of the First International Medical Education Conference organized by FMH College of Medicine and Dentistry and Nur International University from November 30th to December 2nd, 2018. Future Trends in Health Professional Education was the theme of the conference which attracted four hundred eighty participants including many medical educationists from overseas.

Mrs. Shahima Rehman alongwith Prof. Rakhshanda Rehman and Dr. Amina Ahmad
presenting a memento to Prof. A. Majeed Chaudhry who was the chief guest in
concluding session at the international medical ducation conference held
at Fatima Memorial Hospital recently.

Continuing Prof. Majeed said that it is amazing how people have realized the importance of medical education and now during the last fifteen years we have produced over five hundred qualified medical educationists. We need to study whether it has made any impact on improving the standard of medical education in the country. It needs to be studied and someone must undertake this research to document what has been its impact. We should have self critique. Now we have many new medical colleges in the country established in the public and private sector during the last fifteen years but it is painful to note that the Department of Medical Education is not allowed to play any role or they have very little role except in a few medical institutions. He made a passionate appeal that let us join hands to improve the standard of medical education in the country and produce safe competent doctors. He also announced that LMDC will be hosting the AEME Conference on Medical Education at Lahore from March 1-3rd 2019 and we are also planning to establish Pakistan Society of Medical Educationists, he added.

Prof. Majeed Chaudhry and Prof. Rakhshanda Rehman presenting Mementoes to some
of the speakers at the First National Conference on Medical Education held
at Fatima Memorial Hospital recently.

Earlier Dr. Amina Ahmad Director of Medical Education at FMHCM&D who was the moving spirit behind this academic activity in her comprehensive review of the three days conference pointed out that it was a dream comes true. They would not have succeeded in this without the leadership support. Prof. Rakhshanda Rehman Dean School of Health Sciences and Prof .Jamshed Nasir Principal of FMH College of Medicine played a vital role in organizing this academic activity. She thanked everyone involved in the organizing committee and it was the teamwork which delivered. Success, she stated, is just an iceberg which is visible though a lot of more efforts by numerous people go into such activities which is not visible. During the last one year when we had been planning this conference we learnt and un-learned many things. We used emotional blackmail with everyone to get things done.

Picture on left shows Prof. Majeed Chaudhry presenting mementoes to Dr. Amina Ahmad,
Prof. Jamshed Nasir, while on right Mrs. Shahima Rehman is presenting the memento to
Prof. Zahid Bashir Principal Shalamar Medical College.

Giving details of the scientific programme Dr.Amina Ahmad said that there were twenty Pre-Conference workshops, twelve Keynote presentations in three plenary sessions besides panel discussion on important topics like PM&DC & WFME Global Standards, standardization and quality of medical and dental graduates. The conference attracted four hundred eighty participants including many guest speakers from overseas. There were numerous enlightening talks during the conference and it was concluded that we must change the teaching strategies. We should not expect something from our new generation in which they are not trained and taught. We are facing too many pressures within the country and outside pressures. We tend to believe in rumors rather than finding the truth. We must share common resources within the facility. It is not essential to have dedicated facility for every discipline and specialty. Libraries, Skills Labs, lecture rooms and faculty all can be shared by a facility which has numerous institutons like medial college, dental college, College of Nursing, Allied health sciences etc. We need to give back teachers to the students and if we engage the teachers in multiple jobs, they will not be able to deliver. There was a consensus during the conference and we have decided that we need to improve our teaching and learning practice. We have also decided to engage in consultative process with our stake holders which are students and the patients, she remarked.

The organizers had made excellent arrangements for the conference and all the invited guest speakers were very well looked after. Except failure in time management as some sessions started late, attendance in the scientific sessions was very good. Workshops were very lively and the facilitators encouraged interactive discussion with the participants. The facilitators covered many important topics during these workshops. Audiovisual arrangements were also quite satisfactory. Detailed reports on various keynote presentations and panel discussions will be covered in the forthcoming issues.