Medical education a patient in need of surgery
Doctors say institutions incapable of performing role defined by World Health Organisation
Lahore, May 11: Medical education in Punjab is not tailored to meet indigenous needs,
with medical institutions incapable of performing the role defined by
the World Health Organisation (WHO), senior doctors have told Daily
In 2006, WHO – defining medical institutions' role –
said universities were supposed to set priorities, identify indigenous
health issues, advise the government in the formulation of a health
policy and offer health education. Universities are also required to
educate students on community health and prevention and promote
research. However, medical institutions across the province are wanting
when it comes to pursuing these principles.
Medical University Registrar Dr Mehmood Shaukat said health and medical
education had never been a government priority. He said the purpose of
medical education was to train doctors in treating patients, research,
community health, food programmes, environmental issues, determining
priorities, providing feedback over the system in place and making
recommendations to update the curriculum. However, he said medical
education was currently only producing "treatment-oriented doctors".
is a separate cadre for research in the entire world, but no such
infrastructure exists here... there is, therefore, no contribution in
the field of research," he said. He said both curriculum and
educational strategies should be dynamic and must be developed over
time, but "there has been no change at our hospitals".
registrar said that the focus across the world was now on "adult
learning" rather than the "teacher-oriented passive education". "At
Agha Khan Medical University, every faculty member has to have a
diploma in medical education... while knowledge of medicine and
training in medicine have been restructured across the world, the
government in Punjab has not set up a single medical education
department anywhere in the province... a structured-training programme
does not exist."
Young Doctors' Association (YDA) Secretary
General Dr Salman Kazmi said there the curriculum and syllabus for
undergraduates had not been defined. He said it was "lamentable" that
young doctors were not offered career counselling, nor were they taught
medical ethics – "both are pivotal areas for students before they start
their journey towards becoming doctors".
Also, he said
students were made to conduct "practicals set in the colonial times,
with an age-old syllabus". He said the medical syllabus had not been
revised despite the presence of numerous senior professors and doctors.
He said there was no mechanism in place to assess the performance of
Pakistan Medical Association (PMA) Joint Secretary
Dr Shahid Malik said problems persisted on the institutional,
administrative and faculty fronts. He said the concept of career
development was still "alien to us, while there is no criterion to meet
the demand and supply of faculty at medical institutions". He said the
entire system of medical education was "rotten", with a "defective
syllabus and incapable subject specialists".
undergraduate and postgraduate medical education... there is no defined
syllabus," he said, adding that medical institutions were "producing a
defective lot" with the emphasis on quantity rather than quality.
Highlighting the government's "apathy", Malik said the health
establishment on all three tiers of the government was only interested
in transfers and postings. "The government is yet to take an initiative
to streamline medical education," he added.
Minister's Taskforce on Health Chairman Dr Saeed Elahi told Daily Times
that all the criticism was "politically motivated", because "Pakistan
still offers the best medical education across the globe". He cited the
recent hiring of 1,400 doctors by the Saudi government as "proof".
said the medical curriculum was framed by the PMDC, which also took
vice chancellors and principals on board. He said the examination
system was "transparent, with an across-the-board entry test for
admission to medical institutions. He said the postgraduate degree
offered in Pakistan was recognised across the world. "Ninety percent of
postgraduates previously acquired their qualifications from foreign
countries... but the trend has changed in recent times because of the
advanced teaching facilities being offered here [in Pakistan]...
although the PMDC is widely criticised for its role, the parameters set
are recognised by the British General Medical Council... the policies
laid down by the PMDC are not faulty: the need is just to modernise and
streamline things to prevent wastage of human resources," he said.
to a question about the establishment of a medical education
department, he said there was one additional secretary looking into
affairs related medical education. He said in pursuance of directives
by the chief minister, the health secretary presided over a conference
on medical education immediately after taking charge. However, he said
there were "some areas where work is required... at the undergraduate
level, we are not at par with the European standards... we also lag
behind in setting up multipurpose laboratories". However, he claimed
that steps were being taken to "further improve" medical education. Daily times
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PU announced various results
Lahore: The Punjab University (PU) declared the results of various examinations on Monday.
These examinations are: MSc Zoology, Part-II, Supplementary Examination
2009, MSc Geography, Part-II, Supplementary Examination 2009, MSc
Applied Psychology, Part-II, Supplementary Examination 2009, MSc
Psychology, Part-II, Supplementary Examination 2009, MA Persian,
Part-II, Supplementary Examination 2009, MA Mass Communication,
Part-II, Supplementary Examination 2009, MA Philosophy, Part-II,
Supplementary Examination 2009, MA English, Part-II, Supplementary
Examination 2009 and MA History, Part-II, Supplementary Examination
2009. Detailed results are available at the PU website www.pu.edu.pk. The news
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PhD degree awarded
Lahore: Punjab University here Monday issued the notification
for award of Ph.D. Degree to Zaheer Ahmed Shafique after approval of
his research thesis "Punjabi Addab vich tarjame de revayat". Zaheer
Ahmed Shafique, who is a faculty member of the PU Punjabi Language
Department, had completed his thesis under the supervision of Dr
Nabeela Rehman. App
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LACAS Employee dies in college library fire
Lahore: A sweeper died and a female librarian sustained burns
after a fire erupted in the library of the Lahore College of Arts and
Science (LACAS) on Monday.
According to eyewitnesses, the
library was badly damaged by the fire. The fire created panic among the
college students and they were asked to leave the college. Rescue 1122
officials said that at 7:10am they received a call about fire at the
LACAS and within five minutes they reached there. They said that
according to their investigation, the fire erupted due to gas leakage
in the library which engulfed it compltly.
They said they
shifted two injured, Mukhtar, a sweeper and Ayesha, 24, a librarian, to
the Mayo Hospital where Mukhtar succumbed to his injuries while the
condition of Ayesha was stated to be stable. Rescue officials said that
seven fire fighting vehicles took part in the fire extinguishing
operation which was completed in three hours. He said all the books and
furniture in the library was reduced to ashes. Air-conditioning units
were also damaged.
Prisoner dies: A prisoner of the Camp Jail
died of cancer at Services Hospital on Monday morning. The deceased was
identified as Afzal, a resident of Township. Camp Jail Superintendent
Gulzar Ahmed said that he had been suffering from cancer for the past
few months and was admitted to Services Hospital. He said Afzal was
awarded 10-month imprisonment by an anti-corruption court. Police have
handed over the body to his family.
Authorities of the Board of Intermediate & Secondary Education
(BISE) Lahore caught a candidate for impersonation during the ongoing
Intermediate Part-II Annual Examination 2010 on Monday and handed him
over to police.A press release said the candidate with roll number
106438 was caught red handed from examination centre set up at
Government Comprehensive High School, Sheikhupura. Superintendent of
the centre was also removed for negligence. The news
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BISE Chairman inspects exam centres
Lahore: The Intermediate Examination of Board of Intermediate &
Secondary Education, Lahore conducted the English paper on Monday on
the commencement of Inter Exams 2010.
Chairman of the Board Prof Dr Mohammad Akram Kashmiri inspected the examination centres of Shahdara, Muridke and Narang Mandi.
Controller Examination Prof Manzoorul Hassan Niazi also inspected different examination centres separately.
Police arrested one Obaid Mushtaq for taking examination in place of
Mohammad Irfan, roll number 106438 at Sheikhupura centre. The nation
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