Community Medcine

​​​​Community Medicine

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:

  • Develop, implement and evaluate effective public health interventions and programmes in Pakistan and the developing world
  • Educate medical undergraduates and postgraduates and other health workers in the practice of public health
  • Develop and conduct research in public health issues
  • Deliver effective preventive and curative care including s​ystematically improving quality of health care at first level care in rural and urban areas
  • Pursue continuous and self-directed professional learning to update and expand their knowledge and skills 


  • 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.

Course Content

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.

Off-Campus Duties 

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

Career Options 

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. 

Positions Available 

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.

Administrative Set-up

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.

Full-time faculty


Dr Fauziah Rabbani​

Dr Muhammad Masood Kadir

Associate Professor

Dr Zafar Fatmi
MBBS; FCPS; Head, Division of Environmental Health Sciences ​
Programme Director

Dr Sarah Saleem

Assistant Professors 

Dr Ambreen Kazi

Mr Iqbal Azam
BSc; MSc (Statistics) Karachi

Senior Instructor
Dr Asaad Nafees
Programme Coordinator

Dr Maliha Naseer


Ms Quratulain Khairani
Programme Officer, Undergraduate Curriculum Programme and Residency Programme ​​

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