Pakistan should produce doctors which can work in low resources setting-Sara Afzal


 International Medial Education Conference by CCME at UHS

Pakistan should produce doctors which can
work in low resources setting-Sara Afzal

UHS has busy faculty development programme and admission
test has been standardized in the province-Prof. M. Aslam

LAHORE: The need and demands of the community is changing and all these issues have influence on practice of medicine.  Basic requirement of medical education is primary health care and leadership management. Pakistan should be producing doctors which can work in low resources setting. This was stated by Ms. Sara Afzal Federal Minister of State for National Health Services, Regulation and Coordination. She was speaking at the International conference on “The integrated curriculum for an “Un-integrated” practice held at the University of Health Sciences from October 29-31st 2015.  The conference was organized by Council for Coordination in Medical Education (CCME) and its theme was “Is seamless transition from education to practice really possible”. It attracted a large number of experts in medical education from overseas besides all over Pakistan.

Prof. Major Gen. Mohammad Aslam VC UHS presenting a mementoe to
Ms. Sara Afzal who was the chief guest at the international medical
educaiotn conference held at UHS from October 29-31st 2015.
Prof. Mussaratul Husnain President Council for Collaboration for
Medical Education and Prof. Junaid Sarfraz
Pro VC UHS are also seen in the picture.

Continuing Ms Sara Afzal emphasized the importance of active learning in each phase of medical education.  Curriculum, she stated, is a dynamic process which should keep on changing in view of the requirements of the country. There was a need for development in biomedical sciences, she added. Our medical graduates, she further stated, should have basic skills as most of them are going to serve as General Practitioners and in rural areas.  Hence, our doctors should be able to practice in primary health care set up. Our emphasis should always be on producing doctors which can serve in Pakistan healthcare set up. We need to restore respect for the medical profession. Talking about brain drain, Ms.Sara Afzal said that we know our problems of resource constraints. Hence our doctors should be able to serve with limited resources.  She also referred to the mushroom growth of sub-standard medical and dental colleges in the country which has further affected the image of the medical profession which needs to be restored. We should focus on institutions rather than individuals and we need to adopt some system with a gradual shift, she added.      

Earlier, Maj. Gen. Prof. M.Aslam Vice Chancellor University of Health Sciences in his welcome address said that CCME has organized this international conference on medical education. UHS has about seventy medical and dental, allied health sciences institutions affiliated with it with over sixty thousand students. We have been working on development of faculty. We are concentrating on academic activities; we have standardized the system of admissions test for the whole province of Punjab. This year forty nine thousand students appeared in the entry test held in fourteen cities. We are working on collaboration and building linkage with other institutions. During this conference we had 37 pre-conference workshops held at fourteen medical institutions in Lahore including King Edward Medical University, Fatima Jinnah Medical University and College of Physicians & Surgeons Pakistan.

Chairman Punjab Higher Education Commission Prof. Nizamudidn was the chief guest in the concluding
session of the MedicalEducationConference held at UHS recently. Group photograph taken after the
of the conferenced shows him along with Prof. M. Aslam VC UHS, international
speakers and some members of the organizing committee.

Prof. Junaid Sarfraz Pro VC of UHS in his speech said that during the conference we will discuss how the integrated medical curriculum fits in our own context. Latest developments in medial education will be discussed besides having special Focus Group Discussions on important topics.

Prof. Mussarat-ul-Husnain President of Council for Collaboration in Medical Education (CCME) said that they were striving for quality in education and healthcare programmes through collaboration.  Seventy medical and dental institutions are functioning under the vibrant leadership of University of Health Sciences. The idea of establishing Council for Collaboration in Medical Education (CCME) was conceived by Prof. Junaid Sarfraz and its main objective is to improve the quality of education. Over seven hundred people have registered for the conference which itself speaks for its success, he added.

Prof. Gerard Bury from Ireland spoke on Emergency Medicine Technicians Training Programme which was conceived by the Pakistani doctors working in Ireland. We will be concentrating on Paramedics Training Programme with the objective of having a sustainable clinical training and internship with international bench mark. The programme will have a national supervision and accreditation. A new healthcare picture is developing in Pakistan. There will be emphasis on research and development, scope of practice, registration and accountability, he remarked.

Dr. Moyn Aly, Prof. Lubna Baig, Dr. Syeda Kauser Ali, Prof. Nighat Huda,
Prof. Junaid Sarfraz and Dr. Hassan Shoaib photographed during the
medical education conference held at UHS recently.

The pre-conference workshops held at various institutions covered the subjects of  integrated assessment for simulation skills: The Possibilities and Challenges,  Integrated professionalism at undergraduate and postgraduate level, Work Place Based Assessment, Qualitative Research- Methods and analysis, How to improve emotional intelligence, Becoming a reflective practitioner- the journey is as important as   the destination, Scoring performance based assessment, Negotiating a change- skills of effective negotiation,  Effective power point presentations- Cognitive  Load Theory in Action,  Resolving the Dilemma- Are you still Teaching or Promoting Learning, Integrating Ethics and Professionalism in Medical Education, Translating  WFME standards into a strategic plan  of medical colleges, Constructing a Test and Blueprinting,  scientific misconduct, Neonatal Resuscitation Programme, Designing and Managing  Postgraduate Medical Education Programme, How to motivate the students,  Conflict of interest in CM&DE and the Academia, Integrated Professionalism in Medical Education, EndNote, Qualitative research in medical education, Team based learning,  Development of Written Assessments,  Teaching and Assessing professionalism, Principle Centered Leadership,  Storytelling as a medical education intervention, Training the Trainers, Ethical Dilemmas in Clinical Practice, Leadership in medical education, Assessor Training, Scoring and Standard Setting, Exploring different forms of scientific writing,  Dimensions of a medical curriculum: What are the elements and how much do they matter, besides Financial Management of Health Professionals. Prof. Maj. Gen. M. Aslam VC UHS personally made a flying visit to eleven out of fourteen medical institutions where these pre-conference workshops were being held to have first hand information about these workshops.

The scientific programme of the conference was spread over numerous plenary sessions and scientific presentations held concurrently in various lecture rooms. Detailed report on some of the presentations at the plenary sessions will follow.

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