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Hamdard’s excellence in medicine and dentistry education

The Hamdard College of Medicine & Dentistry (HCM&D) enjoys a high-ranking amongst the medical institutions of Pakistan. Its Faculty of Health & Medical Sciences provides undergraduate and postgraduate programs – Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery (MBBS); Bachelor of Dental Surgery (BDS); FCPS Part-II training in Surgery Obstetrics & Gynaecology and Operative Dentistry under recognized supervisors — M.Phil and Ph.D scholars.

HCM&D provides a congenial environment for students to develop confidence and give rise to highly competent medical practitioners, ready to meet the challenges and rewards of medical practice in the country.

HCM&D is proud of its graduates for gaining excellence in many fields of medicine and dentistry, inland and across the world. The graduates have scored considerably and won citations in the examinations like USMLE, FCPS, Board Certification Examination, M.Sc. (Dentistry).

The university gives a truly unique and a rewarding educational experience that offers the academic base for lifelong learning against a background of ever-evolving knowledge in medical sciences.

No doubt, HCM&D trains students for the degree of MBBS and BDS. The program of studies for the award of MBBS degree has been so planned as to produce well disciplined, knowledgeable, motivated and hardworking graduates with emphasis on community orientation, especially rural communities.

Fourteen batches of MBBS students and 10 batches of BDS students have passed since the inception of the college. Total graduates till to date in MBBS are 1,273 and in BDS 337. Currently 578 students are enrolled in MBBS program and 194 in BDS program. Overseas students from Iran, India, Germany, Bahrain, Canada, Saudi Arabia, Malaysia and Nepal are studying at HCM&D. The Hamdard College has excellent and secure hostel facilities for both boys and girls.

HCM&D is included in the list of permanent members of Pakistan Medical & Dental Council under section of PMDC Ordinance 1962 and hence in WHO Directory of Accredited Medical Colleges. The University Hospital, a 300-bed hospital, has departments of Medicine, Surgery, Gynaecology and Obstetrics, Anaesthesiology, Radiology, Orthopedics, Orthopedics, Nephrology, Otorhino-Laryngology (ENT), Ophthalmology (EYE), Neurology, Paediatrics, Dermatology and Psychiatry.

HCM&D has facilities of ICU, dialysis unit, lithotripsy, physiotherapy, diagnostic imaging, pathological lab, neonatal ICU, emergency, outpatient department and, Pharmacy. HCM&D also has the facility of clinical skills lab, learning resource centre (LRC), pathological museum and a digital library for medical students.

DENTISTRY TRAINING

Hamdard University Dental College and Hospital imparts theoretical and clinical training to students of dentistry. It is equipped with state-of-art technology in dentistry. On the other hand it has been revealed that over the past two decades or so, there has been a main expansion of medical programs in the country.

Public health spending offers a significant insight on a country’s health progress. Many foundations, societies, Islamic organizations, individual philanthropists, community affiliation and individual contribute to finance health in the country.

Experts also revealed that the Government of Pakistan spends $37 per capita on health, which is lower than the WHO’s prescribed level of per capita $44, a minimum spending package required for essential health services.

Presently the total public health expenditure as percentage of GDP has grown to 0.45 percent in FY2016. The present level of expenditure amounting Rs.133.9 billion or 0.45 percent of GDP explains a rise of 17.2 percent over same period of last year.

Presently the public health care system comprises of 1,167 hospitals, 5,464 basic health units, 675 rural health centers, 5,695 dispensaries, 733 mother and child health centers and allied medical professionals i.e. doctors, nurses, midwives and pharmacists.

As of FY2016, there are 184,711 doctors, 16,652 dentists and availability of 118,869 hospital beds in Pakistan. The ratio of one doctor per 1038 person, one hospital beds for 1613 person and one dentist for 11,513 persons shows clear inadequacies chiefly in case of dentists and hospital beds

CONCLUSION

Present system of medical education in the country is the one which has its roots in the colonial era. Since independence in 1947, medical education in the country has recorded very little or approximately no change at all.

As a consequence of the rigid attitude of our strategy makers, lots of issues have appeared which need to be sorted out and remedial actions be taken. Because of inadequate planning and strategy making financial inputs for medical education are scarce and the facilities for learning/teaching i.e. reference books, journals, laboratory equipment are not upto the standard and inadequate as well.

We even not have the potential of research neither in our undergraduate medical institutions nor at the postgraduate level. HCM&D is committed to provide best medication in Pakistan.

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