The Community Medicine Residency (CMR) Programme is the second residency programme initiated by the Department of Community Health Sciences (CHS). The Programme was initiated in January 1997 and is approved by the College of Physicians and Surgeons, Pakistan.
The primary goal of the Programme is to educate caring and skilled physicians who are well-prepared to enter graduate and specialty training programmes. They provide highly competent and compassionate, patient-centred care while demonstrating the highest level of professionalism and sensitivity to the diverse personal and cultural contexts in which medical care is delivered.
At the end of the training, graduates should be able to:
Educational: Achieve excellence in education of students for careers in medical practice or research by providing broad knowledge and skills, developing appropriate professional behaviour, mastery of essential competencies and preparing students for continued intellectual growth
Research: Advance medical knowledge by conducting active programmes in basic and applied research
- Service: Provide the highest quality of medical care, as well as ensure access to health and educational services for the local, national and international communities
National leadership in education will be demonstrated by exceptional learning and performance through
Future practicing physicians, our medical students
MBBS and MPH/PhD clinical investigators training for academic careers
PhD biomedical scientists preparing for careers in research
Residents and Fellows (CME) honing their skills as providers
- Established practitioners (CME) maintaining and improving their skill levels
The programme extends over four years of training.
Specific curricula during the four-year programme will include epidemiology and biostatistics, demography, family medicine, social health, reproductive health, health systems, environmental and occupational health, social sciences, ethical principles and other relevant public health topics. The disciplines will be taught using a mixture of classroom teaching and applied settings. Classroom activities will include directed readings and discussions, facilitating tutorial of undergraduate students etc. and experience in family medicine.
The training programme is designed to provide residents the opportunity to work in both urban and rural settings in block rotations of three to six months. The elective content of the training programme encourages the residents to take up electives in urban and rural settings, in the Northern Areas of Pakistan and other provinces of Pakistan, institutions in other developing countries and in relevant public departments.
Since 1999, twenty-five (25) residents have successfully graduated from the CMR programme. All graduates are board eligible for College of Physicians and Surgeons, Pakistan. All of them are employed at various positions as faculty, researcher or in administration at AKU and various national and international universities and NGOs. They are teaching and managing research and service related projects of public health. The following is a list of some of the institutions where graduates of this residency programme are working:
World Health Organisation (WHO)
University of Liverpool, UK
Research and teaching positions at AKU
- Department of CHS
- Human Development Programme
- Department of Family Medicine
- Department of Surgery
DOW University of Health Sciences
Baqai Medical University
Ziauddin Medical University
Karachi Medical and Dental College
Health Services Academy, Islamabad
The Community Medicine specialists have several career options, such as:
Practice of public health at a local, regional, national or international level
Planning and administration of health services
Clinical practice in community settings
The assessment and control of locally endemic health problems
Teaching undergraduate and postgraduate students and other health workers
Research in Public Health and Medicine
MBBS or equivalent degree approved by the PM&DC
One year internship with six months in Medicine and allied disciplines and six months in Surgery and allied disciplines
FCPS Part I in Community Medicine is preferred (residents have to clear their Part I within first year of the residency programme)
Experience in a public health setting is preferred
Promising candidates are invited to take AKU's residency admission test, evaluating mathematics, English language and basic clinical skills.
The final selection is based on the test scores as well as performance in interviews.
Residents will be evaluated through written examinations and public health skills. The performance of each resident will be reviewed throughout the academic year and formally at least bi-annually.
On average, three positions of first year residents are available on open merit basis on January 1st of each year. Positions are advertised in leading national newspapers.
A committee of faculty with experience in research, teaching and clinical services governs the residency programme. The programme director and coordinator are responsible for coordinating the activities of the programme. Also, there are clinical and teaching coordinators of the programme.
Dr Fauziah Rabbani
MBBS; MPH ( USA); FCPS; FRCP
Dr Muhammad Masood Kadir
MBBS; MPH Hawaii; MCPS; FCPS
Dr Zafar Fatmi
MBBS; FCPS; Head, Division of Environmental Health Sciences
Dr Sarah Saleem
MBBS; MSc (AKU); FCPS
Dr Ambreen Kazi
MBBS; MCPS; FCPS
Mr Iqbal Azam
BSc; MSc (Statistics) Karachi
Dr Asaad Nafees
Dr Maliha Naseer
Ms Quratulain Khairani
Programme Officer, Undergraduate Curriculum Programme and Residency Programme