PMDC to get recognition from World Federation of Medical Education

Zubair Qureshi

A delegation of the World Federation of Medical Education (WFME) led by Prof Dr David Gordon, President WFME, visited the Pakistan Medical & Dental Council (PMDC) and discussed in details the ways and means to improve mutual working relations between the two organizations.
The WFME team included Prof Dr Ara Tekian (Professor of Medical Education and Associate Dean of International Affairs, University of Illinois at Chicago USA), Prof Dr. Janet Grant (Professor Open University Institute of Educational Technology (IET), Senior Advisor, WFME, UK). The PMDC President Prof Dr Shabir Lehri along with its Council members and PMDC staff welcomed the delegation. Both the sides agreed upon to meet in future for further cooperation.
During the meeting, a detailed presentation of PMDC was given to them by Prof Dr Abid Farooqi Vice President of PMDC, regarding the enhancement and improvements done in PMDC working specially in the registration and accreditation systems. He told the delegates that currently there are 51 medical colleges in the public sector and 93 in the private sector with a total of 144 medical and dental colleges.
He told that 166,750 MBBS /BDS doctors and 184438 specialist doctors are working in the country. Currently in Pakistan doctors who have achieved Postgraduate Qualifications, M Phil 2,731, 7,864 MCPS, 16,808 FCPS, 2,087 FRCS, 259 MRCP, 974 American Board of Diplomats, 18,613 other postgraduate qualification have been registered with PMDC.
The WFME team appreciated the efforts of the new council to improve the system. The delegates along with the members of the council of PMDC
World Federation for Medical Education (WFME) President said that his organization would help PMDC to obtain WFME recognition. The delegates requested PMDC to support in maintaining accurate and complete information on the medical schools of Pakistan in the Directory of world medical schools for the advancement of the International Medical Education and Research.
The President WFME elaborate and clarified the prevailing misconceptions regarding status of medical dental colleges included in the world directory of medical schools. He explained that the WFME has not made it mandatory for the medical schools to adopt the integrated modular medical curriculum for the medical schools, any medical curriculum approved by the respective regulatory body can be adopted by the medical schools. However, WFME has devised criteria of recognition of accrediting bodies and up till now six accredited bodies have been recognized which may extend to 15 by the end of this year. He further explained that after 2023 the USMLE has decided to allow the graduates of only those medical schools who have been accredited by the regulatory bodies recognized by WFME.
In the meeting suggestion was forwarded by the honorable guest Prof Dr Janet Grant regarding recognition of accredited of distant learning programs in medical education (non clinical) by PMDC. Dr Amir Hussain Bandeshah along with Prof Mussadiq Khan, Dr Ibrar Ashraf and Dr Haroon member Executive Committee participated in the discussion and agreed to take the matter in the coming Council meeting to discuss the matter. The following council members attended the meeting including Prof Dr Shabir Lehri, Prof Dr Abid Farooqi, Dr Amir Hussain Bandeshah, Prof Umar Ali Khan, Maj Gen Saleem, Dr Taj Muhammad and Dr Imran Neseer.

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