Better Medical Syllabus to Improve Patient Care

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Educationists at a conference have called for improvement in medical curriculum to produce highly skilled and professional doctors for serving the people in an effective way. The call was given at the end of a three-day conference organised by the Khyber Medical University here on Monday. According to educationists, better medical education, which includes research, will enable future doctors to efficiently meet challenges posed by rapid advancement in the area of medical science. Noted educationist Professor Daud Khan said the prevalent medical education dated back to the colonial era causing problems for doctors of modern times, so the government should take corrective measures without delay. He said the Pakistan Medical and Dental Council had outlines for medical curriculum but most faculty members weren’t aware of them. There is ambiguity in courses taught to students,” he said. Professor Daud said educational programmes designed in the past weren’t relevant to the current circumstances, so they should be reformed. He said the traditional method of education hadn’t elicited enthusiastic response of students, who looked towards teachers for education. This attitude has made students depend on notes for high scores in examinations as part of their effort to become certified medical practitioners,” he said. Former KMC principal Professor Nasiruddin Azam Khan said medical education was different from general education as the former enabled students to deal with tough situations efficiently and efficiently to ensure the best possible patient care. He said better medical education could improve better treatment of patients, so teachers should adopt modern ways of teaching to produce doctors, who could contribute to the welfare of the society. KMU vice chancellor Professor Mohammad Hafizullah said introduction of a comprehensive, balanced and modern education system in the country, especially for medical sector, was the need of the hour. He said his was the second medical university of the country offering courses from certificate level to master’s level and that it had 200 health disciplines. Professor Gohar Wajid, Dr Idrees Anwar, Dr Sahibzada Mehmood Noor, Dr Shahid Ayub, Dr Ijaz Hassan Khattak, Dr Rehan, Dr Shila Pinjani, Dr Abid Jamil and Dr Tariq Saeed Mufti also spoke on the occasion.

Source: Dawn