Quality of Pakistan’s Medical Education Under Scrutiny

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan Medical and Dental Council (PMDC) was recently visited by the Chief Justice of Pakistan, Justice Saqib Nisar and discussed the shortcomings of our country’s medical education system. This was Chief Justice’s first visit to PMDC to review its performances.

President PMDC and other ad-hoc council members gave presentations regarding the council’s work and progress, till date. The CJP appreciated the efforts and did show satisfaction. He also emphasized upon the importance of PMDC as it is Pakistan’s apex regulatory body that runs our health care system, education and training system of medical and dental institutions. He spoke to the officials regarding enhancing the quality of medical education to produce well trained doctors.

This year during the month of January, the Supreme Court of Pakistan disbanded its governing council, and formed an ad hoc council to run affairs of the regulator of medical education, chaired by retired Justice Mian Shakirullah Jan. A number of private medical and dental colleges challenged PMDC’s set up, claiming that it was illegal and is functioning unlawfully because it was created under the PMDC (Amendment) Ordinance 2015 and that the law has already been lapsed.

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