CPSP REGIONAL CENTER HAS TAKEN A LEAD

KANWAL SALEEM, LAHORE
Aug 06 - 12, 2007

The College of Physicians and Surgeons Pakistan's Lahore Regional Center has taken a lead among the various institutions in the country, as it has become one of the most active centers for academic, research, training of health professionals and monitoring activities.

The College of Physicians And Surgeons Pakistan (CPSP) organised a workshop at the Regional Centre Lahore on Capacity Building in CME in which 25 Senior Medical Teachers and Professors from various institutions of Punjab were trained in Continuing Medical Education (CME). Director General International Relationship and a founder fellow of the college Prof S.M. Rab supervised this programme in all provinces of the Country. Dr. Moeen Ali and Dr. Sajida Samad trained the Medical Teachers during three days workshop.

The newly elected CPSP under the Presidentship of Prof. Zafar-Ullah-Chaudhary has revived academic activities at Karachi Headquarter and 13 regional centres. Lahore Regional Centre being one of the active centre of CPSP organized seventeen different workshops during the past three months.

The four-day workshop organized for trainers covered educational planning and evaluation, assessment of competence, supervisory skills and research methodology, biostatics and medical writing. As many as 109 trainers honoured their skills at these workshops. About 13 workshops were organized for trainees imparted training to 335 students in the fields of 'Research Methodology and Dissertation Writing' 'Communication Skills', 'Primary Surgical Skill' and 'Computer and Internet'.

The examination department of this centre registered 2434 candidates for various fellowships and membership examinations. This centre also provides facilities for final fellowship examination in General Medicine, General Surgery, Gyne & Obs. and allied specialties.

Punjab Health Minister Chaudhry Muhammad Iqbal while addressing the concluding ceremony of the workshop said ''It was heartening to note that the CPSP was catering around 80-percent specialist doctors' needs of the country and its over 15,000 specialists were serving all the four provinces of the Pakistan''. He said the CPSP's unbiased, transparent and candidate-friendly environment and examination system had got international recognition. He added the continued medical activities of CPSP Headquarter and all of its regional centers were highly laudable. He said the College was instrumental in updating knowledge and skills of the doctors that would ultimately provide a better patient's care. He said it was encouraging fact that 25 senior professors including principals had participated in the workshop. He lauded the CPSP vision for provision of specialists' cover at district and tehsil levels.

The minister said the Punjab Health Department would extend full support and cooperation for the academic activities of the college, its training programmes and doctor's service structure. Referring to the problems related to service structure of doctors especially teaching cadre doctors, he urged the CPSP to guide the health department to develop and forward some concrete proposals in shorter span of time to resolve the matter.

The CPSP, Lahore Center's Regional Director Prof Dr Khalid Masood Gondal said the workshop was meant to produce and train facilitation for medical education of trainers. He said the CPSP degree was at par with the highest qualifications at international level and recognised world over. He said the present executive council took over the college in February this year and during the last three months, the Regional Centre Lahore actively conducted 17 workshops -four for supervisors, which were attended by 106 professors and 13 for trainees, which were attended by 335 trainees. He said the CPSP Regional Center had started receiving synopsis and so far received 285 synopsis. He said the Centre had fully developed and functioning departments of Medical Education, examination, RTMC and I.T. These were working full time for facilitation of the candidates.

Prof Khalid Masood Gondal also gave a briefing about the college, its vision, working and achievements. He said the CPSP was offering specialized training to doctors at its 217 recognised institutions. He said the college was also working to make available video conferencing system to organize lectures for the benefit of doctors in different cities. Controller of Examination, Prof. Muhammad Amjad, Member Finance Committee Prof Amir Aziz and Prof Rakhshanda Rehman also spoke on the occasion.

Meanwhile, CPSP Regional Director Prof Khalid Masood Gondal gave a briefing about the college, its vision, working and achievements. He said the CPSP was offering specialized training to doctors at its 217 recognised institutions. He said the college was also working to make available video conferencing system to organize lectures for the benefit of doctors in different cities.