The 17th Postgraduate Medical Education (PGME) graduation ceremony was held at Aga Khan University (AKU) on Wednesday, December 19, 2012. A total of 66 interns, 69 residents and 18 fellows were awarded certificates for completing their postgraduate medical training.
PGME at AKU aims at producing high quality specialists as clinicians, researchers and teachers equipped with academic leadership qualities. The residency and fellowship programmes offered in 60 distinct specialties are structured to provide rigorous training to doctors under the supervision of highly qualified and dedicated faculty members.
So far 2,198 doctors have graduated from AKU’s various PGME programmes and have maintained a 100 per cent pass record at FCPS, MRCP, MRCOG, MRCGP, FRCS, MRCS and other membership examinations. Presently, 60 per cent of them are practicing within Pakistan while over 25 per cent of AKU’s clinical faculty comprises of its own PGME graduates.
The list of exceptional specialists produced by the PGME programme at AKU is extensive. Several names that stand out for their contribution to health care in Pakistan include Dr Farhat Abbas, Dean, AKU Medical College. He is also the first AKU PGME graduate to be awarded the Tamgha-e-
Imtiaz by the Government of Pakistan. Dr Abbas was also named a fellow of the Pakistan Academy of Sciences, which elects scientists of highest merit who have made outstanding contributions to the advancement of scientific knowledge.
Dr Asim Khan and Dr Muneer Amanullah, both alumni of AKU’s PGME, have developed special surgical treatments for congenital cardiac surgery in Pakistan. Dr Khalid S. Khan, Professor of Women's Health and Clinical Epidemiology at Barts and The London School of Medicine and Dentistry, Queen Mary, University of London, who is also an alumnus was the chief guest at the 17th PGME graduation ceremony. The day’s activities included a formal academic procession, addresses by the dean of the Medical College and the chief guest, valedictory speeches by a graduating intern and a graduating resident along with distribution of certificates and awards.