The fellowship programme in General Surgery started in November 1997 and has been reviewed and approved by the University's Postgraduate Medical Education Committee.
The main objective is to produce compassionate, ethical, clinically competent, and skilled general surgeons for Pakistan . It is expected that the graduates of this programme will be good patient advocates, will help to improve the standards of general health care, and will provide academic leadership in the specialty.
Duration of training
The programme offers training in the principles and practice of General Surgery over a period of two years. The primary institution for training purposes is Aga Khan University Hospital . However, an external rotation of six months through other national/international hospitals is included to diversify the Fellow's experience.
- MBBS or equivalent degree approved by 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
- FCPS Part I or equivalent examination. FCPS Part II or equivalent in General Surgery is preferred
- Minimum of five years training in General Surgery in an accredited and reputable programme
The position is advertised nationally and shortlisted candidates are interviewed by the General Surgery Programme Committee and relevant AKU faculty. References are obtained via confidential telephone calls and letters from those considered knowledgeable about the candidate.
Scope and content
Clinical training and didactic teaching
The programme will employ didactic teaching as well as clinical and operative experience under appropriate supervision, to assist the Fellow in acquiring the requisite knowledge, skills and judgment to manage common general surgical conditions. Over the years, s/he will be given increasing responsibilities under appropriate supervision in all aspects of the management, from indications for surgery to total patient management. S/he will be encouraged to develop a habit of inquiry and self-learning.
The Fellow will organise the care of General Surgery patients with the consultants and will participate in the education and training of General Surgery residents, interns, and medical students rotating through the section.
S/he will be provided a protected half-day each week for scholarly activities. They will be expected to make presentations at national/international meetings and initiate clinical studies leading to publications in indexed journals.
The Fellow's progress in knowledge, clinical and operative skills, and ethical management of patients will be evaluated on a continuous basis by the faculty involved in the training. Formal evaluation of his or her progress will be undertaken every six months at a meeting of the General Surgery faculty. The Fellow will be debriefed following each session by the coordinator of the programme.
One Fellow will be appointed every other year.
The General Surgery faculty includes one Professor, three Associate Professors, three Assistant Professors and two Senior Instructors, all of whom are directly involved in the training of the Fellow. The Programme Director is Dr Rizwan Azami, Associate Professor, while the Coordinator is Dr Hasnain Zafar, Associate Professor and General Surgery.