53rd Convocation at Karachi ­­­ 558 FCPS & 145 MCPS awarded

“This is our collective responsibility to give awareness to common people regarding health issues”
Dr. Arif Alvi, President Islamic Republic of Pakistan

College is making all efforts to ensure the quality of its graduates both in terms of competence and inculcating humane behavior among them
Prof. Zafar Ullah Chaudhry, President CPSP

Jul 2019 | Volume 29 | BULLETIN College of Physicians and Surgeons Pakistan

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Dr Arif Alvi, President Islamic Republic of Pakistan as Chief Guest and Prof. Zafar Ullah Chaudhry, President CPSP addressing  53rd Convocation of the College of Physicians and Surgeons Pakistan at Karachi.

Dr Arif Alvi, President Islamic Republic of Pakistan graced the 53rd Convocation of CPSP on 4th May 2019 at its National Headquarters (Main Campus) in Karachi, after congratulating the graduating Fellows and Members he advised them to treat a patient with empathy, which would increase patient`s confidence in the doctor.

President of Pakistan and Chief Guest of the occasion also congratulated the family members of graduating Fellows and Members who sacrificed a lot to help them excel professionally`. He also shared his educational experience in Pakistan as well as in Europe and appreciated the CPSP standards and role in meeting country`s requirements for specialists.

He drew attention of the post graduates towards the growing relevance of artificial intelligence in the field of medicine and surgery. “Equal attention is needed to keep abreast of latest advances in science and technology such as artificial intelligence manifested in the form of virtual and augmented realities”.  Mentioning that these are tools being applied in the sphere of healthcare,  he emphasizing that a critical balance have to be maintained between technology, professional skills and traits likes compassion.

Speaking about public health needs, President Alvi said the masses needed equitable access to comprehensive healthcare and that there were some areas requiring urgent attention like malnutrition, population growth, sanitation and provision of clean water. `This is our collective responsibility to give awareness to common people regarding health issues. Along with treatment we should also focus on the prevention of diseases`.

President of Pakistan Dr Arif Alvi said that Professional capacities of paramedics, community health workers lady health workers, also needed to be upgraded with equal attention towards their easy accessibility to the masses.

Oath taking newly inducted Fellows and Members

Gold Medalists:

Dr Nadia Nasir secured Syed Muzaffar Hassan Medal in Haematology and Dr Sidra Javed received Anis & Salim Medal in Anesthesiology while M. H. Mubashar Medal was awarded to Dr Hareem Fatima in Psychiatry. They were also decorated by the Chief Guest while other eight Gold Medalists of 2018 will receive their Medals at their respective Convocations at Lahore and Islamabad.

Gold Medalists Dr Nadia Nasir, Dr Hareem Fatima and Dr Sidra Javed with Dr. Arif Alvi Chief Guest and President of Pakistan, Prof. Zafar Ullah Chaudhry, President CPSP and Prof. Khalid Masood Gondal, Senior Vice President CPSP

Moreover, Fellowships were also awarded to Prof. Arshad Javed, Prof. of Pulmonology, Khyber Medical University, Peshawar. Prof. Amer Bilal, Prof of Thoracic Surgery, PGMI / Lady Reading Hospital, Peshawar. Prof. Raafea Tafweez Kuraishi, Prof. of Anatomy, King Edward Medical University & Affiliated Hospital, Lahore, Prof. Masood Sadiq Prof. of Paediatric Cardiology & Dean Children's Hospital & Inst. of Child Health Lahore, Dr. Muhammad Mukhtar Ahmed, Honarary Medical Director, Al Ain Institute of Eye Diseases, Karachi, Prof. Nadeem Hayat Mallick, Prof. of Cardiology, Punjab Institute of Cardiology, Lahore, and Dr. Syed Nadeem Hassan Rizvi, Asstt. Prof. of Cardiology, N.I.C.V.D., Karachi.

Prof. Zafar Ullah Chaudhry, President CPSP along with Councillors awarded Fellowship Degree

Welcome address of President Prof. Zafar Ullah Chaudhry

Prof Chaudhry said that it gives him great pleasure and honor to welcome His Excellency Prof. Dr. Arif Alvi, President Islamic Republic of Pakistan as Chief Guest of this 53rd Convocation of the College of Physicians and Surgeons Pakistan at Karachi. “Sir ! We are particularly delighted by the fact that a person of our fraternity who has risen to the highest constitutional position of the country is today with us as the Chief Guest of the most academic cherished activity of the College, he indeed grateful to the Chief Guest for having graced the occasion in spite of his very busy schedule of engagements. ” said the President CPSP.

With the expansion of CPSP training network and increasing numbers of graduating specialists, told its President, CPSP holds four convocations in different cities each year to award degrees to its Fellows and Members throughout the country. At this Convocation which is the first of the 53rd series of convocations, around 707 doctors are receiving CPSP qualifications. College is awarding 566 FCSP qualified consultants as well as academicians while another 141 MCPS specialists who have specialized in their respective disciplines.

President CPSP said that, he is confident that the graduating specialists shall greatly help in strengthening the specialist care in the country and the province, and shall prove to be the standard-bearer of the college, like their predecessors, and shall serve the people of the country with all the knowledge and skills they have acquired.

Prof. Zafar Ullah Chaudhry, President CPSP along with Prof. Khalid Masood Gondal, Senior Vice President CPSP Prof. Syed Khalid Ahmed Ashrafi Vice-President & Treasure CPSP Presenting College memento to Dr. Arif Alvi President of Pakistan who was Chief Guest  53rd Convocation of the College of Physicians and Surgeons Pakistan at Karachi.

President told the distinguished guest that CPSP has been playing a leading role in establishing and regularly updating Postgraduate Medical Education and specialist practice in Pakistan as well as introducing innovations in medical education, both at postgraduate and undergraduate levels.. CPSP feels rewarded when its innovations are well received and responded by all the stakeholders of healthcare in our Country. CPSP also feels elated because its qualifications are receiving ever greater recognition and acknowledgement in many parts of the World. President said that all prestigious institutions not only invest heavily to remain current in knowledge of various disciplines but also continuously search evidence based technology that could help transfer knowledge, skills and develop behaviors accordingly.

President CPSP invited attention of the guest to the equitable access of healthcare to all sections of population, it means access to similar care to rich and poor and its provision at different levels namely primary, secondary and tertiary facilities in an integrated and comprehensive form. This type of healthcare is the right of people and requires production of competent human resource for health for different cadres of health professionals and different categories of medical and dental professionals in adequate numbers.It is the social responsibility of all stakeholders including institutions, colleges, universities and federal and provincial governments to take appropriate measures to fulfil this requirement of human resource for health, without which the target of providing access to integrated and comprehensive healthcare cannot be achieved.

President CPSP went on to inform that College of Physicians and Surgeons Pakistanbeing the premier postgraduate institution of the country is aware of its responsibility and has produced to date 23,140 fellows and 9,433 members. CPSP is also aware of its responsibility that the graduates it produces are competent, caring and considerate. College is making all efforts to ensure the quality of its graduates both in terms of competence and inculcating humane behavior among them.

“College keeps on introducing new fellowship programs in emerging new specialties, and now the number of its fellowship programs has gone to 74. College also produces mid-level specialists through its 20 Membership programs in essential disciplines for district and rural hospitals. It also is offering a Membership program in Medical Education and another in health management. Thus college today contributes 95% of specialist manpower of the country and almost 100% of Armed Forces. The CPSP training network today covers 300 institutions within the country and abroad with over 24000 residents acquiring training under 3746 supervisors.

To ensure that the graduating specialists are competent, College keeps itself abreast of the current trends in educational psychology and evidence-based methods for training and assessment of postgraduate residents

in various specialties. The hallmark of CPSP qualification is the standardization of both its training and examinations. Consequently, a resident receiving training in Karachi or any other part of the country has to acquire same set of competencies and to demonstrate acquisition of those competencies in examinations for the award of CPSP fellowship or membership qualification.

During training, residents as part of training, and formally through mandatory workshops are continuously reminded and coached about their professional and social responsibilities towards the patients and their careers, professional colleagues, other members of healthcare team, and the profession as a whole. The training is now being monitored throughout the tenure through electronic logbook.

A new initiative taken by the College is the introduction of a set of Mini CEX and DOPS for Workplace based assessment during each quarter of training. This initiative is going to timely identify deficient areas in each resident’s training and shall provide constructive feedback to overcome those deficiencies” he said.

Turning to College’s own development, CPSP President told “Let me stress that CPSP successive Councils have developed strong systems which have five pillars.

  1. Autonomy:
  2. Democratic governance:
  3. Financial self-reliance:
  4. Academic linkages for evidence-based learning
  5. Continuous up-gradation:

The achievements of CPSP include earning of a prestigious position in the global community, which is evident by the academic linkages it has developed

with Royal Colleges of U.K, Ireland and Canada, Saudi Commission for Health Specialties and institutions of PGME of Malaysia, China, Singapore, Thailand and other ASEAN countries and the international awards it has fetched”.

Concluding, President CPSP, said that “establishing an institution is a difficult task, but to maintain and ensure its continuous progress is even more difficult. Each successive council of the College has made a significant share in the progress of the College and in translating vision of the college into a tangible reality. The present Council is determined to consolidate the advances already made and to explore more areas which could help in further improving training programs of the College as well as specialist care in the country. The CPSP Council in this regard is presently focusing upon establishing a Model Teaching Hospital in Lahore followed by similar hospitals in other federal and provincial capitals of the country. The second project which is under our active consideration is to establish a Postgraduate Nursing College, as effective specialist care cannot be delivered without trained nursing staff.I am sure we can do it with the support of our fellows, members and other sections of the society who wants this national institution to excel further”.

Before finally thanking the Chief Guest, President congratulated the successful Fellows and Members at this segment of Convocations and also thanked their families and friends for their support to let them concentrate and prepare for attainment of highest degree in Medical Sciences.

He once again thanked Dr Arif Alvi, President Islamic Republic of Pakistan, the Chief Guest for taking time from his tight schedule to grace this event.

A group photograph of CPSP Councillors with Chief Guest Dr. Arif Alvi President of Pakistan who at  53rd Convocation of the College of Physicians and Surgeons Pakistan at Karachi.