Message from the Associate Dean
Welcome to the 18th PGME Annual Conference!
The Department of Postgraduate Medical Education has been organising its annual Conference since 1996. The objective of these conferences is to provide a nationally-drawn, broad-based audience, the opportunity to listen to and interact with national and international experts as well as to organise a forum to share experiences and recommend ways to improve standards of postgraduate medical education in the country. The Conference also provides postgraduate trainees, both national and international, the opportunity to present their research work.
WHO defines the social accountability of medical training as “the obligation to direct their education, research and service activities towards addressing the priority health concerns of the community, region and/or nation that they have a mandate to serve.”
This year, the theme chosen for the conference is ‘Social Accountability in Health Professions Education’. This subject has great relevance to Pakistan where we see an increasing number of physicians leaving their communities and even their country where they are most needed.
One can argue that this could be due to a multitude of reasons; however, the concept of integrating ‘social accountability’ at every level of teaching and training and right from induction may also be helpful to somewhat alleviate this alarming trend. The theme was thus chosen to raise awareness and to continue this debate in Pakistan.
I take this opportunity to acknowledge the efforts of the Conference Organising Committee for coordinating this event. I would also like to extend my thanks to the editorial board of JPMA for publishing the Conference abstracts in its special edition.
Dr Mughis Sheerani
Associate Dean, PGME
Aga Khan University