UCMD promotes experiential learning of students via multiple clerkship opportunities 

Lahore, January 06, 2023 (PPI-OT):The skills learned in the classroom are extremely important and are key to success, nonetheless there is no comparison of hands-on learning experiences, especially for the students in patient-facing careers. The University College of Medicine and Dentistry (UCMD) strives to offer its students a chance to demonstrate what they have learned on campus and to gain enough hands-on experience to be competitive in the job market. The UCMD continues to provide clerkship opportunities to its students and alumni.

In line with its student facilitation undertakings, UCMD started an exchange program with Memorial Hospitals Group, Turkey in April 2021. An international agenda of medicine and surgical professional exchange for observer-ship was initiated between the two institutes with futurist horizon of collaboration of doctors among the two nations. Two of UCMD’s alumni were selected to gain real-world healthcare experience alongside trained professionals in Turkey.

Dr Mahnoor Tahir Chaudry (UCMD Alumni, one of the two selected alumni) shared her experience and gratitude in these words: “It has been my second selection through my alma mater as their international representatives and I cannot be more grateful.

Turkey has been mesmerizing and thrilling in the concept of professional intake meanwhile traveling with colleagues is always a bonus. New horizons, heights and approaches of plastic surgery and Aesthetics at Istanbul still enthrals me”.

Sharing her experience of working in Turkey, Dr Haleema Imran Malik (UCMD Alumni) said that: “I am utterly thankful to UCMD for providing me with this opportunity for brighter approaches and bigger goals. Practicing Dermatology and Aesthetics in Turkey is a dream come true for me. I will cherish this experience always”.

UCMD is also preparing students for their residency training programs through clerkships- a course of clinical medical during the third or fourth year of medical school. Clerkships provide opportunities to explore different specialties alongside making connections with program directors and other clinicians at hospitals and in offices.

With his once in a life time ER Medicine Clerkship experience, Mr Muhammad Arsalan (2nd Year, MBBS student) expressed gratitude towards UCMD. “From studying pneumothorax in Year 1 to assisting thoracotomy for the treatment of spontaneous pneumothorax, UCMD has played a significant role in providing quality knowledge, skills and exposure for which I am forever grateful”, he mentioned.

Mr Salman Umer (2nd Year, MBBS student) also stated that Swedish Covenant Hospital affiliated clerkship in Family Medicine was a great opportunity for him to get accustomed to the US healthcare system. He added: “I got to learn a lot of new things, alongside practicing my previously learnt skills. It was truly an amazing experience. I’m really thankful to UCMD for providing me with this platform, and the skill set to execute it flawlessly” remarks of Mr Umer.

For more information, contact:
The University of Lahore
1 – KM Defence Road, Lahore, Pakistan
Tel: +92-42-111-865-865, +92-42-35322501 +92-42-35321761
Email: info@uol.edu.pk
Website: www.uol.edu.pk

UCMD enhances medics’ soft skills with holistic student development programme

Lahore, January 06, 2023 (PPI-OT):With enough focus being placed on academics alone, a strong need was felt to redirect some of the emphasis towards the development of soft skills in medical students. For this purpose, the University College of Medicine and Dentistry (UCMD) initiated a comprehensive student development programme (SDP) that is aimed at providing an organised and supportive learning environment that can promote professional as well as personal growth. The SDP optimises student learning while cultivating a community of skilled learners.

The programme encompasses a series of workshops and seminars that stimulate students’ critical thinking, refine their interpersonal as well as leadership skills, and prepare them well for their professional lives with proper career counselling and apprenticeships.

What makes these seminars and workshops unique is the continuous evaluation. An evaluation form is shared at the end of each seminar, and based on the evaluation record, the programme is reviewed and improved periodically.

The development programme focuses on an array of necessary skills such as conflict resolution, problem solving, communication skills, CV writing, IT skills, presentation skills, social accountability, and professionalism. The SDP is also characterised by peer mentoring, career counselling, and entrepreneurial guidance.

As part of its SDP, UCMD recently organised a seminar in which Mr. Qasim Ali Shah (a motivational speaker) was invited to talk on passion and profession. Mr. Shah said that while many young people tend to think that fame, fortune, and hard work bring them happiness, in fact it is the social connections that are most important for their wellbeing. He stressed on being happy and argued by adding that you should “do whatever you want to and don’t let your passion die, because it keeps you motivated.”

Prof Dr Shahid Mahmud Malik (Pro-Rector, Health Sciences), Dr Mahwish Arooj (Principal UCM), Prof Dr Rizwan Ashraf (Vice Principal, Basic Sciences, UCM), Prof Dr Samina Malik (HoD, Physiology), Prof Dr Nabila Kaukab (HoD, Anatomy), Prof Dr Ghazala Irshad (HoD, Biochemistry), Prof Dr Munir Akhtar Saleemi (HoD, Community Medicine), Prof Dr Tahira Rizwan (HoD, Obs. and Gyne) and other faculty members of UCMD graced the seminar with their presence. The session ended with a question-and-answer session followed by a presentation of a souvenir to Mr. Shah by Pro-Rector Health Sciences.

For more information, contact:
The University of Lahore
1 – KM Defence Road, Lahore, Pakistan
Tel: +92-42-111-865-865, +92-42-35322501 +92-42-35321761
Email: info@uol.edu.pk
Website: www.uol.edu.pk

UCMD’s Research Cell vigilantly works to promote high quality medical research

Lahore, January 06, 2023 (PPI-OT):Factually, medical research leads to the development of new medicines, procedures, potential tools, and effective methods of patient care. So, with the vision to promote quality, innovative, ethical, and evidence-based research for the advancement of knowledge and high-quality healthcare, the University College of Medicine and Dentistry (UCMD) launched a research cell for its students and faculty.

The Research Cell aims at giving impetus to impactful research within the students’ fraternity and their teaching faculty. It enhances the national and international portfolio of the institution by promoting strategic research linkages with other reputable universities and research and development departments.

The cell is also designated to boost high-quality research through fellowship programmes at the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Pakistan (CPSP). Also, it promotes collaborative research work among different faculties of socio-biological and health sciences at all campuses of The University of Lahore (UOL).

To ensure a research-driven academic spectrum within the UCMD, several research-oriented actions are undertaken. These initiatives include the incorporation of a research module in the curriculum, the launch of the Journal of the University College of Medicine and Dentistry (JUCMD), the conduction of research workshops and hackathon, and an intercollegiate poster competition.

Incorporation of the Research Module

To keep the students steadfast on the track of research, the research module is included in the curriculum from first year to fourth year of MBBS. The students are assigned to make a synopsis of their research project. In the second and third years, a group of five students is assigned a research supervisor.

The research unit provides assistance to all the students and supervisors regarding the approved research synopses. All batches of students from the second and third years present their synopses and are evaluated by internal and external examiners. In the month of November, a total of 30 research synopses from 2nd year students were evaluated, whereas in December, 32 research synopses from 3rd year students were evaluated.

Launch of JUCMD

Keeping up with current research trends, UCMD launched The Journal of the University College of Medicine and Dentistry (JUCMD), which befits the vision of UCMD’s research cell. To refine the outlook and content of the journal, UCMD’s research cell is seeking assistance from the Office of Research Innovation and Commercialization (ORIC) of UOL. JUCMD has published three biannual issues so far.

Research-Oriented Events

UCMD’s Research Cell is also vigilant in organising research workshops for the faculty members of UCMD. Workshops on research methodology for the faculty members are in progress. A “Research Hackathon” was also organised in 2022, in which medical colleges from all over Pakistan participated. Moreover, an intercollegiate poster competition and an intercollegiate quiz competition were organised in 2022.

Clinico-pathological/journal club meetings

The Research Cell is promoting multidisciplinary research by arranging regular interdepartmental clinic pathological and journal club meetings as well. Different meetings are based on discussion of different topics, such as prognostic factors and molecular subtypes in young women with breast cancer, secondary antibiotic prophylaxis for latent rheumatic heart disease, and methods to critically appraise a paper and measure different ranking parameters of the HEC journal recognition system. These meetings involve different departments such as anatomy, physiology, pathology, community medicine, etc. The meetings are held according to a predetermined schedule in order to thoroughly discuss the agenda.

For more information, contact:
The University of Lahore
1 – KM Defence Road, Lahore, Pakistan
Tel: +92-42-111-865-865, +92-42-35322501 +92-42-35321761
Email: info@uol.edu.pk
Website: www.uol.edu.pk

UCMD implements early clinical exposure system to students of MBBS and BDS

Lahore, January 06, 2023 (PPI-OT):A teaching-learning methodology popularly known as Early Clinical Exposure (ECE) helps medical students in various ways; strengthens them academically, improves their clinical and communication skills, makes them more confident, and impacts their overall performance.

To harness all the above merits, the University College of Medicine and Dentistry (UCMD) administers a medical curriculum that exposes MBBS and BDS students to the patients as early as first year. The students are exposed to weekly hospital visits from their 1st year in the form of DCH Doctor of Community Health (DCH) rotations.

DCH rotations continue till 3rd year and 4th year onward, the students start their clerkship rotations. It is mandatory for them to rotate in all fields of allied medicine and surgery. The main duty of a doctor in this exercise is ensure care and safety of patients and the community.

The rotations at UCMD are designed in a way that helps students to develop this sense of duty and gain experience by observing different cases early in their academic career. Practical experience and exposure also builds up their theoretical understanding of the basic subjects. The overall value of this exposure helps the students to deal with patients more confidentially and empathetically.

For more information, contact:
The University of Lahore
1 – KM Defence Road, Lahore, Pakistan
Tel: +92-42-111-865-865, +92-42-35322501 +92-42-35321761
Email: info@uol.edu.pk
Website: www.uol.edu.pk

Closing Ceremony of 2nd International Conference on Strengthening Teaching and Research Capacity: Collaborative Partnership in Social Sciences

Rawalpindi, January 06, 2023 (PPI-OT):Fatima Jinnah Women University hosted and organized a conference on Strengthening Teaching and Research Capacity: Collaborative Partnership in Social Sciences. The closing ceremony of the conference began with acknowledgement note of Conference Patron Dr. Saima Hamid (Vice Chancellor FJWU) by thanking our partner universities of the US-Pakistan University Partnerships Grants Program for their stewardship of our conference and for the collaborative support they have provided to successfully complete the activities of the project.

The conference is of great significance and truly represents the core objective of US-Pak University Partnerships Grants Program. USEFP’s University-Partnership Grants Program is playing a pivotal role in increasing the pace of research culture in Pakistan and facilitating researchers to focus on its genuine impact which may be helpful for society as a whole.

We are hoping that FJWU will produce future leaders by creating an environment where the cycle of training new faculty will be continued through cascading to other universities, hence it will play a potentially pivotal role in elevating the competence of teaching across the institutions of higher learning in Pakistan.

Conference Chief Organizer and Project PI, Dr Aneela Maqsood commented- while doing the project over the past few months with partner universities, I believe that together we can build stronger connections to maximize our existing resources and to collaborate and learn from each other competencies.

The conference aimed to strengthen research partnerships in social sciences by highlighting challenges and solutions in advancing research in Social Sciences. Through the scholarly debate stimulated during the conference, we are fostering the application of best practices in pedagogic teaching and research. Through project activities and the activity like international conference, we are aiming to provide opportunities of collaboration nationally and globally to expand research in Higher Education Institutions.

The conference theme “Teaching and Research Pedagogy for Impactful Higher Education Institutions” was adequately addressed by number of subthemes. On the day one, 06 key note speeches were held and 07 key note speeches were held on the second day of the conference. One key note session will be held today.

On the second day of the conference, total of 18 parallel sessions and 1 virtual session on conference themes were held with total number of 133 abstracts received and presented. More than 375 people attended the conference from different cities of Pakistan representing various universities, research institutes and organizations.

On the first day of the conference, we started with a key note session by Prof. Dr. Michale Hirsch, Dean College of Arts and Social Sciences Huston-Tillitson University, USA. He discussed how undergraduate students can be meaningfully engaged in research activities through innovative teaching methodology. On the first day of the conference, a Plenary Keynote Session on theme “Curriculum Evaluation in Higher Education Challenges, Barriers, and Opportunities” was held. Three key note speeches were delivered in the session.

The session highlighted the need to have a regulatory body to evaluate and examine the curriculum on periodic basis. The session highlighted the need to make the curriculum responsive to the needs of industry and to engage students in activities aiming to collaborate with industry.

The session put forth the idea that HEC should regularly evaluate the existing curriculum and PhD students must be given opportunities of teaching assistantship. The session thoroughly discussed how we need to reconceptualise the curriculum to meet the needs of digital future along with addressing the indigenous challenges and opportunities.

A Panel Discussion was held on first day of the conference on a timely issue of interest aligned with the main spirit of the conference that is building collaborations. The sessions titled “Cross-Border Research Partnerships in Social Science: Opportunities, Barriers and Solutions” discussed the various examples of successful project models as a result of networking across the globe.

The conference hosted two symposiums. The first symposium representing the empirical contribution of University of Sargodha was on Mental Health Issue: Assessment, Prevention, and Promotion in Higher Education Institutions. The session started with a keynote on Mental and Occupational Health at Higher Education Institutes.

In the symposium, eight papers around the theme were presented. The scholarly work addressed mental health issues of students and teachers. The session highlighted the need to establish mental health support and mentoring networks in academic institutes.

The second symposium representing the scholarly work of National Institute of Psychology, Quaid-e-Azam University addressed the “implications of Educational Psychology in Higher Education. The session started with keynote followed by eight empirical papers presented with a focus on highlighting students’ classroom engagement and the role of motivation in academic performance. The session addressed the importance of conflict resolution and emotional management in maintaining the wellbeing of young minds.

On closing ceremony, we had a key note speech of Dr. Muhammad Imran (Senior Lecturer, Federation University Australia) on an important perspective of publications in high impact factor journals. On behalf of the conference team, Dr Aneela Maqsood (Chief Organizer) extend sincere thanks to conference speakers, focal persons and ambassadors of participant universities to make this as lively and interactive as you did.

With acknowledgement to our sponsor- United States Government, we are grateful to our contributors from across different cities of Pakistan and across the globe including United States, United Kingdom, Australia, and Malaysia to make this a successful one.

This conference has been an excellent example of how our minds have been assailed by a torrent of ideas, information, statistics, interpretations and visions. We probably have to really put an effort in order to sift through them all and consolidate our own personal perspectives.

There is, indeed, plenty to reflect upon and, if this in any way enhances our individual and collective contributions to Strengthening Teaching and Research Capacity in Pakistani Universities through Collaborative Partnerships in Social Sciences, then the conference can truly be declared a success.

The empirical papers presented in the conference and the scholarly debate on issues of national priorities for the improvement of higher education were so insightful for going a step forward for implementation in educational settings. We are hoping that the conference provided opportunities of national and international alliance for developing research consortium and to extend the research partnerships in coming time.

For more information, contact:
Fatima Jinnah Women University (FJWU)
Old Presidency,
The Mall, Rawalpindi, Pakistan
Tel: +92-51 9270050 – 54
Fax: +92-51 9271168
Email: publicadmin@fjwu.edu.pk
Website: www.fjwu.edu.pk

Former Federal Minister Nisar Ahmed Memon delivers lecture on “Coastal Climate Change Challenges” at SMIU

Karachi, January 06, 2023 (PPI-OT):Former Federal Minister and Chairman of Water Environment Forum Pakistan Mr. Nisar Ahmed Memon has said Pakistan’s contribution in greenhouse gas emission is less than one percentage but it suffers a lot from climate changes and for which mainly the superpower countries are responsible. He said this during a lecture delivered on “Coastal Climate Change Challenges” at Sindh Madressatul Islam University (SMIU) on Tuesday.

Referring to the floods of 2010 and rains and floods of 2022 Mr. Memon said UN rated 2010 floods as ‘greatest humanitarian crisis in the recent history.’ Also UN General Secretary Antonio Guterres during his visit to Sindh province of Pakistan in the month of September 2022 termed the 2022 floods in Pakistan as ‘unimaginable damage,’ caused by record monsoon rains, glacier melt and floods.’’

He further said Pakistan ranks 76th in 107 countries on the Global Food Security index and Pakistan’s current water availability is less than 1100 cubic meters per person. He said Pakistan’s coastline is spread on 1,000 km, and out of which 250 km are in Sindh and 750 are km in Balochistan. This coastal area is very important for the country especially in terms of its economic development, but todays our sea from Karachi city is most polluted.

“The Indus irrigation system was a large irrigation system in the world, hence it needs attention of the concerned authorities,” Mr. Nisar Ahmed Memon said and added that in Sindh natural waterways are currently under occupation, hence during the floods and heavy rains people met out with heavy loss of properties and human lives, therefore, natural waterways must be restored. Mr. Nisar Ahmed Memon was of the view that Indus delta is enrich with mangrove forests and other hidden treasures, hence sweet water is needed for its ecosystem.

Talking on the Pakistan Vision 2025 he suggested key goals for responding to climate change. In this respect he said design water, food and energy security policies and plans with specific reference to climate change challenges, recognition of relevant risks and implementation of mitigation and adaptation strategies and promoting long term sustainability, conservation and protection of natural resources are needed. He advised the students of SMIU to formulate a forum, through which they could aware the masses about environmental changes. He thanked to Vice Chancellor of SMIU Dr. Mujeeb Sahrai for inviting him for the lecture.

Dr. Mujeeb Sahrai said SMIU has started a Popular Lecture Series of lectures by scholars on very important issues facing the world and this was the first lecture of the series. He said we have huge energy in the form of youth, to whom we should use for betterment of the environment. He said the present day world has great threat from global warming and environmental changes, hence the world leaders must give priority to it for saving the planet of earth.

Earlier Director ORIC Dr. Aamir Iqbal Umrani presented welcome address and thanked the guest for delivering the lecture. On the occasion Dr. Mujeeb Sahrai gave away shield to Mr. Nisar Ahmed Memon. Deans, chairpersons, faculty, registrar, director finance, staff members and students attended the lecture.

For more information, contact:
Sindh Madressatul Islam University (SMIU)
Aiwan-e-Tijarat Road, Karachi-74000, Pakistan
Tel: +92-21-99217501-3
Fax: +92-21-99217504
Email: info@smiu.edu.pk
Website: www.smiu.edu.pk