President PM&DC Shabbir Ahmed Lehri lays emphasis on outcome based training of medical graduates


 AAA, APPNA and NUMS sign MOU for academic collaboration

President PM&DC Shabbir Ahmed Lehri
lays emphasis on outcome based
training of medical graduates

RAWALPINDI: Amcolians Alumni Association (AAA) in collaboration with Association of Physicians of Pakistani Descent of North America (APPNA) Medical Education and Research Investment Taskforce (MERIT) and Research Education and Scientific Affairs (RESA), and National University of Medical Sciences (NUMS) held a Symposium on 19th December 2017. This event was hosted by Army Medical College, Rawalpindi, Pakistan. Professor Dr. Shabbir Ahmed Lehri, President Pakistan Medical and Dental Council (PM&DC) graced the occasion as Chief Guest and Lt Gen Syed Muhammad Imran Majeed, HI(M), Vice Chancellor NUMS, as Guest of Honour.

This event was attended by Maj Gen (Retd) Muhammad Aslam, HI(M) (Pro-Vice Chancellor NUMS), Maj Gen Saleem Ahmed Khan (Principal, Army Medical College), Maj Gen Nigar Johar (Vice Principal, Army Medical College), Educationists, AM College and NUMS faculty, Postgraduate Residents, Post-Doctorate Researchers and final-year medical students.

Vice Chancellor of NUMS Lt. Gen. Imran Majeed along with guests from USA presenting a
memento to President PM&DC Prof. Shabbir Lehri at the symposium organized
at Army Medical College, Rawalpindi recently.

This symposium served as a platform for bringing together renowned Educationists and Physicians from AAA, APPNA, NUMS and AM College to share their experience and latest developments in various fields of Medical Education and Medical Practice. On this occasion, a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) was signed between AAA, APPNA and NUMS which mainly entails collaboration with regard to capacity building, knowledge sharing by bringing together leading academicians from medical profession in North America and Pakistan and assist in placements, if and when required. The MoU marks the beginning of benefiting young doctors and medical students with latest updates in the field of Medical Education and Health Sciences.

The inaugural session of the event preceded with opening remarks by Professor Shakeel Ahmed Mirza, President AAA, followed by keynote addresses by Dr. Shahid Rafiq, Chairman APPNA MERIT and Lt Gen Syed Muhammad Imran Majeed, HI(M), Vice Chancellor NUMS. Dr. Shahid Rafiq highlighted that the collaboration between APPNA and NUMS will bear fruitful results for promoting capacity building among young medical doctors. Gen. Imran Majeed emphasized upon the need of a platform such as NUMS, to contribute in addressing the healthcare needs of the country, as well as the efforts put in to increase collaboration with APPNA.

AAA, APPNA and NUMS jointly organized a symposium at Rawalpindi recently. Group photo taken on
this occasion shows some of the participants of the meeting along with senior officials
of NUMS as well as President PM&DC Prof. Shabbir Lehri.

Chief Guest Professor Dr. Shabbir Ahmed Lehri in his speech emphasized upon the need of outcome based training of medical graduates in Pakistan. The inaugural session was followed by two scientific sessions ‘Updates in Health Professions Education’ and ‘Updates in Medical Practice’. Both scientific sessions consisted of diversified speakers from AAA, APPNA, Senior Officers of Army Medical Corps (AMC), and senior faculty members from AM College and NUMS. Prof. Adeel Butt, Chair APPNA RESA, discussed the tenure and career paths of faculty appointments. Prof. Inam Qureshi highlighted different aspects of ultrasound in Neurosciences; Dr. Atique Azam Mirza emphasized on the new requirements of accreditation by ECFMG for Pakistan medical universities. Professor Muhammad Waqar Azeem highlighted the significance of developing child and adolescent psychiatry services in Pakistan and Dr. Danish Bhatti shared the experience of offering Blended Learning courses (online and face-to-face). This session ended with remarks by Maj Gen Nigar Johar, Vice Principal AM College, highlighting how APPNA MERIT and RESA can facilitate for overcoming the challenges for undergraduate medical education.

In the second scientific session Prof. Wasif Saif spoke on drug development in Oncology, followed by Professor Saad Usmani who highlighted the role of Hematopoietic Stem Cell Transplant in resource-poor countries, Prof. Sumaira Aasi  provided a brief of common dermatologic cancers. Prof. Shehzad Saeed enlightened the audience with video Capsule-Endoscopy for assessing gastrointestinal disorders. The scientific sessions were followed by a signing ceremony of Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between AAA, APPNA MERIT and NUMS. The Symposium ended with concluding remarks by Maj Gen Saleem Ahmed Khan, Principal Army Medical College and vote of thanks by Dr. Sajid Chaudhry, President APPNA. The symposium also consisted of poster presentations displaying research work of AM College undergraduate students, which were thoroughly appreciated by APPNA and AAA members, and NUMS faculty. (PR)