Diabetes, Endocrinology and Metabolism
The Fellowship Programme in Diabetes, Endocrinology and Metabolism has been reviewed and approved by the Postgraduate Medical Education Committee of the University, and started from November 2001. The programme is designed to develop fully trained endocrinologists who would serve as specialists in the field. This is the first postgraduate training programme in Endocrinology in Pakistan.
The main objective of Endocrinology Fellowship Programme is to produce fully trained Endocrinologists, who at the end of their training programme are able to diagnose and treat common endocrine disorders in a cost-effective manner. S/he will be able to understand and utilise endocrine function testing, static and dynamic, in those suspected of endocrine disorders. The fellow learns to manage endocrine disorders in special circumstances like pre-adolescent and adolescent life, pregnancy and menopause, infertility, etc. S/he develops the skill of performing fine needle aspiration/thyroid needle biopsy. The fellow develops research acumen and knowhow to find answers to questions that arise in the field of Endocrinology, and also to be a good teacher for both undergraduate and postgraduate students.
Duration of training
The duration of training is two years, which also involves short rotations in various sub-specialties like Neuro-radiology, Nuclear Medicine, Chemical Pathology, Reproductive Endocrinology/Infertility and Paediatric Endocrinology. The training also incorporates specified period for research. There is also a provision of doing electives of two months duration within or outside Pakistan.
- MBBS or equivalent degree approved by the PM&DC
- One year of house job or internship, of which six months should be in Medicine and allied and six months in Surgery and allied disciplines
- Three to four years approved training in Internal Medicine
- FCPS, MRCP, Diplomate American Board of Internal Medicine or equivalent postgraduate qualification
The selection process is based purely on merit.
Scope and content
The programme heavily emphasises on clinical training and practical skills development.
It involves weekly outpatient clinics in Diabetes and Endocrinology for eleven months; Inpatient endocrine consultation service for four months. At the end of year one, the fellow rotates in Chemical Pathology and Neuro-Radiology/Nuclear Medicine for one month.
This year involves outpatient clinics in Diabetes and Endocrinology for ten months. Inpatient endocrine consultation service for two months. The fellow is also rotated through Paediatric Endocrinology and Reproductive Endocrinology/Infertility for two months. In this year there is an option of two months of electives within or outside Pakistan in an Endocrine unit.
The fellow is expected to take part in all academic activities of the section, which involve weekly clinical conferences, journal clubs, research meetings, etc. In addition, weekly sessions are conducted to cover core/common topics in Endocrinology.
Two months of dedicated time in each year has been allocated for researchin which the fellow is expected to do research and present his/her work in international/national meetings and subsequently publish it.
A continuous evaluation process will be carried out throughout the course of training. In addition to informal continuous evaluation and feedback by supervising faculty, there will be three-monthly formal evaluations followed by a feedback to outline the areas of strength and weakness. There is an ‘End of Year MCQ/SAQ examination'. These form the basis of promotion and career guidance.
Two positions are available every year. There will be four fellows in training in the Endocrine Section at one time.
The Endocrine section of the Department of Medicine comprises of five full-time faculty members. Presently three of them are Professors;one is Assistant Professor and one is a Senior Instructor. In addition the Endocrine section has five dedicated part-time faculty members as well. Dr. Jaweed Akhter, Professor of Medicine, heads the Endocrine section. The Endocrine fellowship programme is headed by Dr. Najmul Islam, Professor of Medicine, who is the Fellowship Programme Director and Dr Aisha Sheikh is the Fellowship Programme Coordinator.
Dr. Jaweed Akhter
MBBS UK ; ABIM FRCP Edinburgh; FACP USA
Diplomate American Boards of Internal Medicine and Medical Education
Dr. Najmul Islam
MBBS Karachi ; FRCP London
Dr. Qamar Masood
Diplomate American Boards of Internal Medicine, Endocrinology, Diabetes and Metabolism
Dr. Asma Ahmed
MBBS Karachi; MRCP
Dr. Nanik Ram
MBBS, FCPS(Internal Medicine)FCPS (Endocrinology)
Dr. Azra Rizwan
(part time in Endocrine Section & part time in Department of Community Health Sciences)
Dr. Saira Furqan
Dr. M. NaeemulHaque
Diplomate American Board of Internal Medicine
Dr. Aisha Sheikh
MBBS Punjab; FCPS
Dr. Saeed Maher
MBBS Sindh, FCPS Pakistan
Prof. Dr. Abdul Jabbar
MBBS Karachi ; FRCP London