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PMDC starts reviewing MBBS syllabus

ISLAMABAD, Aug 22: The recently reconstituted curriculum committee of Pakistan Medical and Dental Council (PMDC) started reviewing the MBBS syllabus on Tuesday.

The MBBS curriculum was last revised in 2004 in consultation with the Higher Education Commission (HEC) and circulated in August 2005 among all universities and medical colleges for implementation.

Committee Chairman Prof Dr Mussadiq Khan said the curriculum required continuous review to incorporate current changes in teaching methodology that prevailed in the contemporary world. He said there was a dire need to review the existing subject based curriculum and adopt a curriculum that suited local requirements. "The syllabus revision will equip MBBS graduates with all necessary skills and knowledge required for them to compete at an international level," he said. Dr Khan said once basic guidelines for curriculum were complete, subject specialists would be engaged for curriculum development.

Later, the committee reviewed various aspects of the MBBS syllabus. It agreed that the curriculum required change but insisted that the change should be gradual. It said the existing subject-based curriculum should be gradually changed to an integrated organ-based one. The committee also agreed that all stakeholders including medical students be involved in the process of curriculum development. For that matter, the committee will meet on a regular basis.

The committee recommended training workshops for the faculty members of the medical and dental institutions on integrated curriculum and suggested the inclusion of teaching methodology in problem-based learning.

Meanwhile, the PMDC has warned that it will not register postgraduate and medical students who have studied courses not recognised by it. This warning was issued in a meeting of the Postgraduate Medical and Dental Committee of PMDC chaired by Prof Dr Masood Hameed.

The committee reviewed the draft regulations for postgraduate medical and dental education and asked institutions to get their postgraduate training courses recognised and students registered with the council. The committee advised candidates seeking postgraduate admissions in medical and dental institutions to verify from the PMDC whether the courses of their interest are recognised. Daily times
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