‘Train medical teachers to meet health challenges’

December 08, 2015

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“It is important to invest in the training of local health professionals and constantly update their skills so that they are capable of meeting the health challenges faced by Pakistan”.
Addressing a certificate distribution ceremony at the University of Health Sciences (UHS) on Monday, Board of Governors’ member, Prof Malik Hussain Mubbashar, said that medical education was a strand of medicine that focused on these very areas – providing training and continuous professional development to health practitioners.
He said that any project that aimed at strengthening the local medical profession had the potential to affect millions. He said that the certificate course in medical teaching, launched by the UHS under the International Strategic Partnership in Research and Education (INSPIRE) project sponsored by the British Council, can be ground breaking in terms of the positive changes it brings about in the health sector and the delivery of quality service.
The Head of Educational Development Division, University of Liverpool, UK, Prof Ian Willis, said that the programme aimed at making a difference in classroom teaching. He added that the credit of its success goes to its participants.
British Council’s representative, Muhammad Ali, said that so far, around 27 UK universities had formal partnerships or long-term agreements with higher education institutions of Punjab; 56 programmes are running in collaboration with Higher Education Commission. He said that research and technology was on the top of British Council’s agenda.
A total of 58 successful participants of fourth batch of Certificate in Medical Teaching (CMT) programme were awarded certificates in the ceremony. The facilitators from the University of Liverpool, UK, trained participants in the course which were selected from various public and private medical colleges of the Punjab.
UHS Vice-Chancellor Maj-Gen Prof Muhammad Aslam (r), said the university is collaborating with the University of Liverpool under the INSPIRE banner to develop an innovative and sustainable project aimed to increase efficiency, enhance research and secure funding for health projects. UHS’s Centre for Innovation in Learning and Teaching (CILT) Director Prof Arif Rashid Khwaja, who is the focal person of the programme, said the course was taught on campus in two sessions. Between the teaching sessions, the students carried out a series of activities at their workplace and gathered evidence of their teaching practice.

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