10th Colorectal Surgery Course at JPMC attracts many surgeons


 10th Colorectal Surgery Course
at JPMC attracts many surgeons

Over the years it has proved to be the most cost effective
way of training of young surgeons in colorectal surgery

KARACHI: Prof. Francis A Frizelle, from University of Otago, New Zealand was the Master Trainer and Prof. R. John Nicholls from St Mark’s Hospital UK Course Coordinator for the 10th Annual Surgical Course for Colorectal Diseases held at Jinnah Postgraduate Medical Centre Karachi from October 5th to 8th, 2015. This colorectal surgery course is being organized regularly by Surgical Ward-2 JPMC for the last nine years which was initiated by Prof. Surgeon Mumtaz Maher. It was very well attended by surgeons from various parts of the country.

Dr. Shamim Qureshi organizing secretary of this course in his welcome address said that it is the 10th activity which was started in 2006 and first master trainer was fromIndia followed by   Trainers from UK, USA, Greace, Poland and France. I am proud to say that extraordinary hard working trainers and clinically interested participants have actively participated in these activities. Prof. Francis A Frizelle, our master trainer enjoys a good name in coloproctology and belongs to country having a very aggressive approach not in cricket but in surgery also. Prof. R. John Nicholls who is visiting Pakistan second time is the God Father in colorectal   development in various countries.  Surgeon Mumtaz Mehar is a respected name in the field of surgery in Pakistan, has tremendous capabilities and has played prominent role in this scientific activity. This course is free for the participants and thanked the Pharma industry for their support.

Prof. Mumtaz Maher Chairman of the course said that we are happy that this is the 10th consecutive year of this programme and credit goes to Prof. Shamim and his team. I use to go to different countries for training which everyone cannot afford.  It was thought to invite the academia in Pakistan so that maximum people can get benefit of it. Distinguished Colorectal   personalities have been invited which has helped our young surgeons to learn and interact with the experts. We have to thank our teachers from whom we have learnt what to do and what is not done in surgery. He advised the juniors that if you do not understand something, study it, discuss it and ask the question which will help to improve your knowledge and capabilities.

Prof. Anisuddin Bhatti Executive Director of JPMC in his remarks commended the organizers of the course which has provided an opportunity to the Pakistani surgeons to benefit from the expertise of these visiting surgeons from different   countries. It is a cost effective way of training because one   expert will teach hundreds of young learners. The journey of Jinnah Postgraduate Medical Centre (JPMC) he said started as eighty bedded Armed forces Hospital in 1930. In 1942 it was re-named as the British General Hospital and remained as such till 1947 as a 100 bedded hospital with all basic necessary facilities. After the creation of Pakistan in 1947 Quaid-e Azam himself   named  this  institute, it is the premier  health institution in Pakistan which has the credit to introduce first time various departments  like basic medical sciences, physiotherapy, laparoscopic  surgery, colorectal, arthoplasty,  orthopedic and others. If there is a will, and you want to do something, there is no dearth of anything, we have tremendous potential, he added.

Prof. R. John Nicholls in his brief remarks said that it was marvelous to visit Pakistan again. It is a  great  opportunity  to meet  young people  and it is an honor to be  invited second time which will also provide  me an opportunity  to visit other cities of  Pakistan. My  main  aim  will be  to see what  have been  changed  after these meetings  during  ten years  , he added.  Prof. Francis A Frizelle in his remarks said that he has two hundred scientific papers to his credit and is involved invarious projects in various organizations and with ministry of health.  Change, he stated, does not come from institutions but you have to be connected with politicians. Pakistan is ahead of New Zealand in cricket and also has similar things like earthquakes. We should learn and understand each other because the past gives the direction to the future, he further added.