UHS will open a telemedicine department at SIMS

LAHORE: The University of Health Sciences (UHS) will open its telemedicine department at the Institute of Medical Science Services (SIMS) for which funds will be provided by the university.

The department will operate around the clock while counseling will be provided by faculty from both institutions, including the Vice Chancellor and Principal. In addition, separate services will be provided for women under the UHS Pink Telemedicine initiative, with all section staff being female. The decisions were made during a SIMS delegation meeting with UHS Vice Chancellor Professor Javed Akram on Monday.

On this occasion, the two institutions agreed to organize this year a joint international conference of medical students. It was decided to observe an annual research day in order to promote the culture of research among students. Issues related to revamping the medical curriculum, modernizing teaching methodologies and launching MPhil programs on a self-funding basis were also discussed.

UHS VC ensured full cooperation in clinical research projects. To this end, Professor Khadija Irfan Khawaja from SIMS has been appointed Associate Director of the UHS Silk Road Clinical Trials Centre. Professor Javed Akram highlighted the need to change the pattern of practical exams in medicine and dentistry. He added that the leader has a different role to play compared to managers. He said women’s leadership was badly neglected. “Over 70% of medical students are girls. However, there is rarely a head of medical school who is a woman,” UHS VC pointed out.

SIMS Head Teacher Mr Farooq Afzal thanked the VC and said his college will adopt modern teaching methodologies while adhering to UHS standards.

The delegation included Professor Waris Farooqa, Professor Tayyaba Wasim, Professor Faiza Bashir, Professor Shoaib and Professor Khadija Irfan Khawaja. UHS Registrar Dr. Asad Zaheer and senior faculty members were also present on the occasion.

Funeral Prayers: The funeral prayer of murdered orthopedic consultant of Lahore General Hospital, Dr. Fayyaz Hussain was offered at LGH on Monday. Principal Post Graduate Medical Institute (PGMI) & Ameer Uddin Medical College Prof Dr Al-freed Zafar, Head of Orthopedics Department Prof Mian Hanif, President Young Doctors Association (YDA) Dr Ammar Yousuf, Provincial President Health Support Association Rana Pervez, Employees and a large number of people attended the funeral prayers.

Moreover, doctors continued to treat patients with black ribbons on their arms and demanded prompt prosecutions of the culprits. Later, speaking to the media, PGMI Senior Professor Al-freed Zafar said the murder of Dr. Fayyaz was a matter of great concern to the medical community.

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