message of VCof DUHS , Karachi


~ A Man Of Two Ages ~
Dec 28, 2008
[FONT=Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif]Perspective & Prospective[/FONT]

[FONT=Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif]The vision of the Dow University of Health Sciences focuses on three main domains.[/FONT]
[FONT=Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif]A) Academic excellence and research.
B) Human resource development.
C) Health care of the community.[/FONT]
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A) Academic Excellence

[/FONT][FONT=Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif]1) Academic Activities[/FONT][FONT=Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif]
[FONT=Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif]The university has established a department of Medical Education to be in accordance with international standards. This aims at updating the medical knowledge of students and faculty members. During the past two years, more than 200 lectures have been delivered by various National and International scholars for the benefit of the postgraduates and the faculty members. Furthermore, symposia for the undergraduate students were held to enhance their knowledge. Some of the steps taken are mentioned below:[/FONT]
[FONT=Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif]a) Continuing Medical Education and Professional Development (CME & CPD) Programs:
The University has launched a new comprehensive program for Continuing Medical Education (CME) and CONTINUING PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT (CPD). The department has conducted various seminars and workshops on regular basis, by local and visiting experts. The faculty members of the Dow University took twenty five weekly symposia for the family physicians to update and refresh their knowledge on the most common diseases prevalent in our community. English proficiency courses taken by a renowned English teacher were also conducted for the post-graduate students. These classes proved cardinal in improving English usage of the students. Workshops on “Communication & Presentation Skills” are being conducted for the students and the faculty members so as to improve their skills and help them in presenting papers during symposia and seminars.
[FONT=Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif]b) A Research Department: A research department has been established to facilitate faculty members and the postgraduates for research, in the basic and clinical sciences. All research will focus on regional health issues. All research projects will be studied and approved by an Institutional Review Board (IRB) of the university.[/FONT]
[FONT=Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif]c) PhD and M.Phil Programs: have also been started. Preparatory courses of GRE based on Mathematics, English and analytical skills were conducted in the University for the faculty members before the final test. This was conducted by the National Testing Service, Islamabad. Besides this, courses covering epidemiology with special emphasis on research protocol development were also conducted.

d) Examination Department: This newly established department of the university is computerized. It has optical mark reader (OMR) facility, with answer sheets designed to be read by scanners, thereby eliminating the subjective bias in assessments. The examination department has developed a fool proof, transparent system of examination. It has already conducted annual and supplementary examinations of the First Professional MBBS Part-A and B examination, besides conducting placement tests for postgraduates. The efficient examination and quick result announcements has saved several precious months of academic years of MBBS students.
[FONT=Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif]2) Facilities For Students[/FONT]
[FONT=Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif]The renovation of the old building of Dow Medical and Sindh Medical Colleges have enhanced the facilities. These include refurbished lecture halls along with multimedia, computers and other electronic teaching aids, laboratories, libraries, auditor, girls and boys common rooms, girls hostel, girsls and boys canteens, administrative offices and various other departments of both the colleges.

A New Academic Block is under construction at the Dow Medical College Campus. This will consists of tutorial rooms, a Learning resource centre, and Professional Development Centre (PDC) besides other provisions.

The Libraries at Dow Medical and Sindh Medical Colleges are also being renovated and further steps are underway to improve them.

The Learning Resource Centre post graduate has also been established at Dow Medical College Campus having 20 computer stations along with a tutor to train students and the faculty members. Most of the faculty members and post graduate students have acquired computer skills from this centre.
[FONT=Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif]The Digital Library Networking Project
[/FONT][FONT=Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif]This project of Rs. 37 million was approved by the Higher Education Commission for the Dow University of Health Sciences, It was supposed to be completed in one year but the extra ordinary fast pace of work has resulted in its establishment just within five months.[/FONT][FONT=Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif]

It has 100 computer stations each at Dow Medical and Sindh Medical Colleges and 50 Computer stations at the Ojha campus of DUHS. These three sites will not only be inter connected but will also be connected with all the departments of the three sister institutes. They will be eventually connected with the PERN site of the Higher Education Commission. By virtue of this notable facility, students and the faculty members will have access to about 17000 journals through the internet.

All the above aims have been achieved through the state of art server room and at the purpose built third floor of the administrative block and the related departments of the Dow Medical College.
[FONT=Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif]Establishment of professional development centre (PDC)
[/FONT][FONT=Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif]The University has established a professional development centre to give hands-on practical training to the students and the faculty members, not only of the Dow University of Health Sciences but also of other Medical Institutions, through various workshops. Since its establishment about four months back, ten workshops have been conducted of Primary Trauma Care (PTC), Basic Life Support (BLS) and advance cardiac life support (ACLS). These are ongoing workshops which will include all possible fields of Medicine & Allied as weell as Surgical & Allied Specialties. It will provide training not only to medical students and the faculty members of Medicine and Surgery but also to students of Nursing Institute and that of Medical Technology. There are also plans to educate general public regarding measurement of blood pressure, use of glucometer, training for the care of bed ridden patients and other health related guidance. This centre at present has a space of 2500 sq ft but after the completion of the new building, the space will be doubled.[/FONT]
[FONT=Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif]Students Health Education & Education of Lay Person by Dow (shield)
[/FONT][FONT=Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif]A healthy nation needs to have well developed health care system. The success of this system depends mainly on health education of the general public and students of all age groups. The Dow University has planned to start this programs for the benefit of the community.[/FONT]
[FONT=Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif]This program will be focused on students of school and colleges. The aim is to provide basic knowledge of common diseases prevalent in our society and their precautionary measures. It will also include dietary information and healthy life style. It will be based on various workshops, seminars, symposia and personalized contact at various levels for proper benefit and outcome.[/FONT]
[FONT=Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif]Health Awareness Programs on Print & Electronic Media
[/FONT][FONT=Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif]Considering the population of Pakistan, it is a basic fact that important messages related to health care can effectively be communicated through electronic media and print media. However the efficacy of print media is reduced due to the high illiteracy rate in Pakistan.[/FONT]
[FONT=Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif]The Dow University has planned various programs reltated to medical information to be televised on various topics at frequent intervals as the visual impact is long lasting and easily understandable and registered[/FONT][FONT=Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif].[/FONT]
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Establishment Of Kitab Khana-E-Yusufi
[/FONT][FONT=Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif]The increasing knowledge of medicine keeps the doctors and the students mentally occupied most of the times. Healthy life style needs co-curricular activities. Hobbies like reading and writing gives mental relaxation.

Mushtaq Ahmed Yusufi is a legend of urdu literature. His hilarious and deep writings are enjoyed by people of all age groups.

The Dow University has planned to establish a public library ‘Kitab Khana-e-Yusufi’ in recognition of his services towards urdu literature. The Library will have all types of books in a very congenial atmosphere. This is also an attempt to increase the habit of reading books which is declining rapidly in this era of computers. It will be established very soon at the Ojha campus of the Dow University.
[FONT=Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif]Visiting Faculty of Dow University
[/FONT][FONT=Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif]The Pakistani doctors who are working abroad are well appreciated for their skills and knowledge. DUHS has planned to have transfer of knowledge from them by having a ‘Visiting Faculty Program’ of the University. The members of this visiting faculty will be selected by the criteria which has been finalized by the syndicate and has been given on the website.

This ‘Visiting Faculty Program’ will also include retired professors who are willing to teach the undergraduates and post graduates, in the light of their experiences as there is no substitute of experience.
[FONT=Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif]International Collaborations
[/FONT][FONT=Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif]Medicine is the only field which needs continuous update, for which we need to have collaborations of our university with other universities of international standard.

The Dow University has already collaborated with National Institute of Health (NIH) USA, along with AKU for research in chlorhexidine usuage in female patients. This successful research is almost complete and NIH, Proudly mentions it on its website.

The other University with which we are going to sign an MoU very soon are John Hopkins University
USA, University of Illinois, Chicago USA and Xinjiang University in China.

The Collaborations will include research in various fields, transfer of knowledge through students and faculty members. Besides this the University is also going to have collaboration with Aga Khan University.
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Faculty Enhancement
The Dow University of Health Sciences has established three faculties and appointed their deans. These faculties are Medicine and allied, Surgical and allied, and Basic sciences. The chairpersons and heads of various departments have also been appointed. In addition, the following faculties are also being established:
[FONT=Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif]a) Faculty of Oral Medicine and Dentistry.
b) Faculty of Nursing and Para Medical Sciences.
[FONT=Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif]The University has enhanced its teaching faculty, after advertising posts in the newspapers and then selecting the candidates through the selection board formed by the syndicate. There were 550 applicants; all the candidates were called for the interview. The necessary requirements were checked according to the PMDC rules. After all the required procedures, 167 candidates were selected on open merit, which was 30% of the total applicants.[/FONT]

[FONT=Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif]B) Human Resource Development[/FONT]
[FONT=Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif]The delivery of good health care system depends upon strong work force, which needs initiative to develop human resource. The Dow University of Health Sciences has addressed this issue as well.[/FONT]
[FONT=Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif]1) Institute of Nursing
[/FONT][FONT=Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif]This is a project of Rs. 182 million approved by the Higher Education Commission. Right now in the first phase two years post RN bachelors programme is going to start. In the second phase with the next semester (2007) regular four years bachelor program will start. In the third phase University will start diploma in general nursing, Masters and PhD Program.[/FONT]
[FONT=Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif]2) Institute of Medical Technology
[/FONT][FONT=Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif]In the first phase BS program will be offered in four specialties:

a) Intensive care units
b) Operation theatre
c) Clinical Pathology
d) Ophthalmology.
[FONT=Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif]These are four years bachelors programs with the additional facility of obtaining an associate bachelor degree after two years of training in any of the above four specialties.[/FONT]
[FONT=Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif]In the second phase courses for technologists in other field like radiology, ultrasound, echocardiography, transfusion medicine, nutrition and dentistry etc will also be included.

The other institutes which will start with in few months are:
[FONT=Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif]Dental Institute
[/FONT][FONT=Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif]It has been named as ‘Dr. Ishrat-ul-Ebad Khan Institute of Oral Health Sciences’. It is located at the campus of Sindh Medical College. The building in which this Dental Institute is established is more than hundred years old, which has been very nicely and successfully restored by our project engineer with great efforts after the foundation stone was laid by the governor of Sindh Dr. Ishrat-ul-Ebad Khan in July 2004.

This Institute will have a Dental College, Dental Hospital and a Institute of Dental Technicians. This will start soon. The faculty members have already been short listed.
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Institute of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
[/FONT][FONT=Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif]This institute will start in the renovated building of old boys hostel of Dow Medical College behind the outdoor patients block of the Civil Hospital Karachi.

It will be a well equipped Institute of international standards to provide facilities to patients needing physiotherapy or any prosthesis.

It will also provide artificial limbs to disable patients. All possible means of rehabilitation will be offered by this Institute. The Institute will also impart training in physiotherapy and other fields related to physical medicine and Rehabilitation. The faculty members are being appointed for this Institute.
[FONT=Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif]Other institutes to start in the near future[/FONT]
[FONT=Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif]Institute of Basic Medical Sciences
[/FONT][FONT=Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif]This Institute is also much needed to be at par with the requirement in Pakistan of trained faculty members of basic medical sciences. The Dow University has planned to develop a separate Institute for this, some of faculty members have already been appointed in this regard.[/FONT]
[FONT=Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif]C) Health Care Of The Community[/FONT]
[FONT=Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif]The Dow University has planned to play its role in the over all health care system of Pakistan specially Sindh. Pakistan being an underdeveloped country has much of the disease burden due to the lack o initial proper diagnosis and management.

Therefore we plan to provide state of the art facilities for the diagnosis and treatment of common diseases so as to improve the overall health care system, besides providing training to doctors and the paramedical staff.
[FONT=Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif]Medical Research City
This medical city will be established at the Ojha Campus of the
Dow University on 130 acres of available land.
The main aims of this city will be to:

1) Provide medical education
2) Conduct research
3) Provide health care in all possible health related fields
4) Produce efficient fully trained doctors and skilled paramedicals.

Following projects will be developed in this regard:

1. New International Medical College
This is being established mainly for (a) The children of Overseas Pakistanis studying abroad (b) Foreign nationals. And (c) Students applying under UEDP (University Educational Development Program). The proposed name is Al-Razi International Medical College, (ARIMC). This college is named after the renowned Muslim scientist Abu bakar Muhammad bin Zakariya Al-Razi, who described the art of Medicine & Surgery even before Ibn-e-Sina. This college will be affiliated with the existing 350 bedded hospital of OJHA Chest Diseases which will be upgraded and converted into a 500 bedded general hospital.

The Higher Education Commission has sanctioned this project. The plans are to start classes of 1st year MBBS by fall of 2006. in an existing vacant building at OJHA campus of the Dow University, while the new campus is under designing and construction.This college will also be affiliated to the following upcoming institutes of the Medical Research City.
[FONT=Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif]2. Institute of Liver Diseases
[/FONT][FONT=Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif]Liver diseases are very common in Pakistan, therefore the Dow University has established a liver centre named as ‘Sarwar Zuberi Liver Center’ at Civil Hospital Karachi, in May 2004, where more than 2000 patients have already been registered and are under going treatments and being followed up. Considering the burden of the disease a separate liver institute with the same name has been planned. The foundation stone of this institute has already been laid by the governor of Sindh Dr. Ishrat-ul-Ebad Khan in June 2005. This Institute also plans to provide facilities for liver transplant in future with the help of international experts.

This project based on the concept of “Public-Private Partnership”, it will be managed by a Board of Governors and run on the basis of no-profit, no-loss. We will seek help of philanthropists, to help, both financially and in governance. Sarwar Zuberi Institute of Liver Diseases will also provide training to the medical students. It also intends to focus on a series of public awareness programs to prevent the continuing rise of diseases related to the liver.
[FONT=Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif]Institute of Diabetes & Endocrinology
[/FONT][FONT=Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif]The Problems of diabetes and its related illness are increasing alarmingly in Pakistan. The University has planned to have a separate institute like the one for liver diseases so as to provide all possible facilities under one roof. A building has already been renovated at Ojha campus and the faculty members have been appointed. This institute is also going to have state of the art diabetic eye care centre for which Dow Alumni of batch 1980 have collected the funds and the work is in Progress Both the Institute will also provide Training courses to post graduates and family physicians with regular seminars and symposia to update their knowledge.[/FONT][FONT=Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif]

Research and Reference Lab
The research in any Institution is impossible without a well equipped research and reference lab. The university has been able to acquire funds in this regard after the approval of PC I by the Higher Education Commission. There is an existing research lab at Ojha campus already established with the collaboration of W.H.O. This lab will be strengthened and upgraded to cope up with all possible research of the Dow University.
[FONT=Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif]Establishment of Jinnah Genome City
[/FONT][FONT=Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif]The advancement in medical knowledge have revealed that study of genetics is necessary to identify the root cause of medical problems for early rectification.

The era of gene therapy is soon going to replace most of the drug treatments. Although lots of research in genetics, related to diseases is underway in the develop countries but Pakistan lags behind in this regard. The social differences are reflected in genetic impressions of various diseases hence we need to do research in molecular biology in our country.

Therefore ‘Jinnah genone Centre’ has been established at DUHS where the work for genetic code of our population will be conducted.

International institution have also extended their help in this regard. In future we also plan to have ‘Jinnah Genome City”.
[FONT=Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif]Upcoming Institutes
The Institute of Heart Diseases and Institute of Neuromedical sciences are also included in the planning of the Dow University so as to provide health care facilities to the general public.

National Teachers Training Course of HEC at Dow University (DUHS)
Professor Ata-ur-Rehman, Chairman Higher Education Commission has been working continuously to elevate the standards of education at all possible levels. The national academy formed by HEC planned teachers training program to improve the skills and efficiency of the public sector colleges.
[FONT=Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif]The Higher Education Commission has designated ten centers of training, throughout Pakistan. The Dow University of Health Sciences has been designated as the only resource centre for Karachi. HEC has developed a 24 days course based on six modules to train teachers of various public sector colleges and universities over a period of one year.

These are on going courses and have participants of various disciplines for example Chemistry, Physics, Botany, Zoology, mathematics, English, Urdu, Islamiat, Sindhi, Commerce, Arts and Social Sciences etc.

Up till now five courses have been conducted. The Dow University will, Inshaallah, continuously strive to make improvements in the Health and Education sector of Pakistan. The University also plans to provide knowledge regarding some aspects of prevention related to common diseases in the future course to be conducted.
[FONT=Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif]Professional and Social Work by Dow University
The 8th Oct. 2005 earth quake in Pakistan
caused devastation of a large part of Northern areas of Pakistan. The University took certain steps besides opening an account for the relief fund and donating one day salary of the DUHS. We established relief camps at the three sister institutes of DUHS. Four teams comprising of about fifty medical personals including theatre technicians and anaesthetis were sent along with loads of medicines and related equipments to establish field hospital at Batagram, nauseri, Bagh and Neelam Valley. Our efforts were coordinated by Dr. Donia Aziz MNA, and other army people in Islamabad.

The hospitals were established with large tents. Field operation theatres were established in separate tents where thousands of people were treated, most of them surgically.

By the grace of Almightily of ALLAH the Dow University since its establishment has been able to achieve some of the visualized targets. There is an ongoing vision and mission which will Inshallah be gradually met by the University.
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MBBS (Dow), FCPS (Pak), FRCP (Edin)
PhD (Hon), FCPS (Bangladesh)
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