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CPSP delegation visits UK

LONDON: A delegaion of CPSP which consisted of Prof. Zafar Ullah Chaudhry, President, Prof. Abdul Sattar Memon, Treasurer, Prof. Khalid Masood Gondal, DGIR, and Prof. Muhammad Shoaib Shafi, Controller of Examinations, Islamabad Center, visited various Royal Colleges of UK and had meetings with Presidents, Royal College of Physicians, London, Royal College of Physicians & Surgeons, Glasgow and Royal College of Surgeons Edinburgh.
Various issues including GMC registration, MTI (Medical Training Initiative), International Graduate Training Scheme, CME through video conference and exchange of examiners were discussed and decisions were taken on these important issues. On invitation of national director of training HSE (Health Services Executive) Prof. E. McGovern, President CPSP Prof. Zafar Ullah Chaudhry visited Dublin and had meetings with various stake holders including Presidents of the Royal Colleges. Prof. E. O’ Sullivan, President College of Anaesthetists, Dr. Ian Surgeon, Postgraduate Dean Anaesthesia and Mr. Fintan Foy, CEO, of College of Anaesthetists also me with the President. Prof. Oscar Traynor from HSE made a presentation on surgical training. A steering committee was formulated to finalize the proposal for training of CPSP residents in various teaching hospitals / centers of excellence in Ireland in various disciplines especially emergency medicine. Dr. Sarfraz Mehmood, Consultant Surgeon will coordinate this initiative and the trainees will proceed to Ireland in July, 2013. (PR)

 Best Teacher Award for
Prof. Azizur Rehman

KARACHI: Prof. Azizur Rehman from Department of Ophthalmology at Isra University has been selected for the Best University Teacher Award by the Higher Education Commission for the Year 2011. The Awards caries a certificate and a Prize money of one hundred thousand rupees.

The nomination was finalized by the Main Awards Committee keeping in view the criteria i.e. Minimum five years continuous service as a regular teacher in a recognized university, postgraduate degree recognized by HEC, maximum age is not more than sixty five years and the nomination is received through proper channel recommended by the Vice Chancellor of the university and the selection committee.
Prof. Azizur Rehman is a graduate of Sindh University (1992). He did his MCPS in ophthalmology in 1998 and FCPS in 1999. He joined Isra University in the Year 2000. He had his postgraduate training at JPMC and later served at Liaquat Medical College Hospital Jamshoro, Hyderabad. He has many publications to his credit.

 Program may help reduce
depression in MI patients

“An organized depression treatment program gave patients who’d had a heart attack - or a near miss - reason for hope, a small...trial found.” The findings were published online in JAMA Internal Medicine, and were scheduled to be presented at the American College of Cardiology meeting.
Medscape reports that the “randomized controlled trial of 150 ACS patients with depressive symptoms showed that those who for 6 months received stepped treatment, consisting of problem-solving therapy and/or antidepressant medication, had significantly lower symptom scores on the Beck Depression Inventory (BDI) than their counterparts who received locally determined usual care.” Researchers also found that “overall estimated healthcare costs did not differ significantly between the groups and were considered cost-neutral within 6 months.”

Non-use of Aspirin

In-Hospital death risk
after PCI may be higher

“Patients who do not receive aspirin before they undergo coronary angioplasty have a higher risk of death,” according to a study to be presented at the American College of Cardiology meeting. Investigators “analyzed data from more than 65,000 patients who underwent angioplasty and placement of a stent to keep the artery open (together known as percutaneous coronary intervention or PCI) at one of 42 hospitals in Michigan in 2010 and 2011.” Altogether, seven percent of these patients were not given aspirin prior to the procedure. The researchers found that “the in-hospital death rate for patients who did not receive aspirin was 3.9 percent, compared with 1.2 percent for those who did receive aspirin.”

 Tooth loss may be associated with
several risk factors 
for heart disease

“For adults, losing teeth is bad enough, but tooth loss is also associated with several risk factors for heart disease, a large international study suggests.” Investigators looked at data on approximately 16,000 individuals. The researchers found that “for every decrease in the number of teeth, there was an increase in the levels of a harmful enzyme that promotes inflammation and hardening of the arteries.” Additionally, the investigators “noted that along with fewer teeth came increases in other heart disease risk markers, including...LDL cholesterol levels and higher blood sugar, blood pressure and waist size.” The findings are scheduled to be presented at the annual meeting of the American College of Cardiology.

 WHO declares March 3rd
at Ear Care Day

World Health Organization has declared March 3rd as the International Ear Care day. This date was selected due to shape of the numbers in 3.3, being represented of two ears. The idea of international ear care day is for promoting global action on hearing care, and minimizing occurrence of hearing impairment. This year the theme for the international ear care day is healthy hearing, happy life-hearing health care for ageing people.
Commenting on the WHO initiative Dr. Nasrullah Rana consultant ENT Surgeon and Chairman of Deafness Foundation of Pakistan said that we can prevent deafness by counseling & avoiding first cousin marriages. The pregnant ladies should be advised about the careful use of medications during the first three months of pregnancy. Wax in the ear is the defense of the ear. So the frequent use of cotton buds should be avoided. The cotton bud also rupture the ear drum so it should not be inserted in the ear. It is a common practice to put oil in the ear which should also be avoided.
During air travel some passengers might experience earache due to pressure on the ear drum. This can be avoided if they continue to chew something during take off and descent of the flight. Cleaning of the ears from quacks should also be avoided as they can also damage the ear drum since they don not know the ear anatomy, he added. Use of Hearing Aids are quite useful in ear care. Those children, who cannot hear, should be helped with a hearing aid as soon as possible which is helpful in their quick rehabilitation. Now numerous models of hearing aids some of which are very small, not visible and can be inserted behind the ear but are quite expensive are available for those who can afford them, he added.

 Paediatric Orthopaedic Clinic
established at JPMC

KARACHI: Prof. Tasneem Ahsan Executive Director JPMC & Prof. Ghulam Mahboob, Dean JPMC & Prof orthopaedic Surgery inaugurated an upgraded facility of PAEDIATRIC ORTHOPAEDIC CLINIC with a PONSETI BAY in JPMC Orthopaedic & Trauma Surgery outpatient department on Friday March 8th 2013. The Paediatric Orthopaedic surgery is being routinely performed at JPMC, under the supervision of Prof. Anisuddin Bhatti
He is the founder member of POA’s Paediatric Orthopaedic Forum & Ponseti group Pakistan and he is regularly conducting Ponseti technique for club foot, Cerebral palsy & CDH / DDH hand on training workshops & courses, regularly since 2006. Prof. Ghulam Mahboob in his inaugural remarks said this facility will upgrade the teaching & training of orthopaedic residents, enhance a research in Paediatric Orthopaedics, that will definitely benefit the patients at large. He was confident that in near future JPMC will open a venue for post-fellowship training in Paediatric Orthopaedic Surgery.
Prof. Tasneem Ahsan remarked that though paediatic orthopaedics is being practiced individually by surgeons but on an organized basis Paediatric Orthopaedic facility is rarely available in Public and Private institutions in Pakistan. Hence opening of this facility at JPMC will broadly benefit the residents and public at large.

JPMC annual symposium from
April 15th 
to 21st 2013

KARACHI: Jinnah Postgraduate Medical Centre is holding it s 50th Annual Medical Symposium, from 15th to 21st April 2013. The year 2013 marks 50 years of academic progress and research which has made Jinnah Postgraduate Medical Centre one of the leading institutes nationwide. The theme marking the Golden Jubilee Symposium is “50 years of research and development – A continuous pledge to serve”.
The pre-symposium workshops will be held by every department, which will be healthy and thoroughly interactive event led by distinguished professionals in their respective fields. There will be both free paper sessions and e-poster presentations, which will be judged by a jury and the authors would be suitably honoured.
Registration of the delegates will be mandatory. Registration Fee will be Rs. 1000/- Professors/ Associate / Assistant / Senior Registrars. Rs. 500/- Medical Officers / Registrars / Postgraduates / House Officers / Head Nurses and Rs. 200/- Medical Students / Nursing & Paramedic Staff. Last date for submission of abstracts is March 30th 2013. Prof.Shereen Zulfiqar Bhutta is Chairperson and Prof. M. Iqbal Afridi Secretary of the symposium respectively.(PR)

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