Increasing number of medical colleges

Published: March 11, 2015

LAHORE: Recently, there has been a tremendous increase in the number of private medical colleges. Why is there this upsurge? I think the setting up of new private medical schools in Pakistan is, day by day, creating a sense of inferiority complex in students who cannot get admission in well-statured institutions due to financial problems. Another view is that we are creating an atmosphere where doctors of the future will approach their practical field with a touch of business. In short, we are letting the entire medical education system of Pakistan lose its integrity by building schools that lack quality and infrastructure. Except for a few private medical schools, most such institutions fail to produce quality doctors. Many private medical colleges lacking standardisation have turned medical education into a mere game. Medical schools with no hospitals of their own are leading to the entire medical education system of Pakistan losing its decorum.

Some steps should be taken to review the quality of education being imparted by private medical colleges, which are charging students millions of rupees in the name of imparting them with knowledge. A major problem of our medical education system is that there is a lack of emphasis on research, which should be mandatory for all medical students.

In my opinion, CMH Lahore Medical College stands at the forefront of producing quality doctors. Observing the teaching practices at CMH, I have seen that its education system is based on evidence-based learning. Students work in teams in tutorials thus setting an atmosphere of team-based learning. They compete with each other within a team-based environment. I urge all medical schools of Pakistan to apply such a system of learning in their respective schedules. There should also be a change in the medical curriculum with a specialised focus on the viva system rather than on assessing students on written tests. Our system is based on an approach that rewards students for cramming facts instead of being able to practically apply the knowledge that they have gained.

Imran Haider Khan

Published in The Express Tribune, March 12th, 2015.

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  • Ali S
    Mar 12, 2015 - 12:36AM

    Anyone who studies on a govt-funded medical seat should sign a contract to practice for 5 years in underprivileged hospitals or else cough up the fees (if not, then forfeit their degree) – most girls waste govt money and do not practice at all after their house jobs (I’m a male medical student myself and I’m merely stating fact). Private medical colleges would be a solution for such students – at least they’ll be wasting their own money and not the govt’s. A gender quota would be too outright discriminatory. Besides, there’s nothing wrong with producing more doctors – this country can’t have too many of them. The problem is making sure that they practice.Recommend

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