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Medical Education & Research / Re: Medical Research in Pakistan
« on: August 18, 2012, 11:57:01 AM »
Dear Numan

I really appreciate your insight into the problem. Do consider that at this young age what you are feeling may also be the problem of many others of your age in the medical colleges of the country. I am indeed happy that our young medical students have come to this conclusion that research is essential to medical life in general and to solve knotty professional problems of patient care, in particular. This realization is the seed from which the great oak trees of medical research would flourish in future years. I am aware that medical students in PK have embarked upon this course despite all obstacles (many more than the ones you mentioned) that they are facing now and in future as doctors. Unfortunately in our country, research is a gruesome struggle with no encouragement or support from anybody. Often it is a solo effort or a team effort only.

The way forward is to take these few people and slowly and gradually develop planning and strategies to proceed with medical research in the country. UG research education is one area that needs further support and strengthening and a few medical colleges have embarked on this despite no official sanctions or accreditation from the PM&DC. Others will follow suit after seeing the success stories. This is how life is on the planet... a handful of leaders with plenty of 'dumb' followers.

I hope that you and similar-minded students will continue in your efforts and also be able to persuade others..

Keep it up.

Dr. Iftikhar Qayum

Medical Education & Research / Medical Research in Pakistan
« on: December 20, 2011, 12:05:50 PM »
Several points need to be addressed:
1. Why are we lagging in this field in Pakistan?
2. What can be done to bring us up to par with other developed and developing nations in this field?
3. What kind of medical research structure do we want in Pakistan?
4. How essential is it to start medical research at the undergraduate (MBBS) level?

Your input will be welcome and the seeds for a continuing dialogue on favorite topics.

Dr. Iftikhar Qayum
Director Medical Research & Education
Women Medical College Abbottabad

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