The last decade has been marked by remarkable advances in basic neurosciences leading to development of therapeutic interventions for the neurological conditions. This makes neurology a very exciting field to choose at this time.
Neurology encompasses disorders of brain, spinal cord, nerves and muscles and is therefore a very diverse field.
Neurology at AKU started as a consult service in 1987 with one faculty member. Over the years, it has expanded to a major section within Department of Medicine. Currently, the section has the largest neurology faculty in Pakistan comprising of six full-time and three part-time faculty members.
The residency programme was started in 1995 and is considered one of the premier neurology residency training programmes in the country. We believe that we have an outstanding training programme in clinical neurology. Each faculty member has interest in different subspecialties that provide opportunity of diverse exposure to neurological disorders and comprehensive training.
Upon completion of the residency, you will be a well-trained and competent clinician qualified to practice neurology or to move into fellowship or to pursue a career in neuroscience research.
The programme is recognised by the College of Physicians and Surgeons, Pakistan, for FCPS (Neurology). This programme has already trained several neurologists who have successfully cleared their FCPS examination and are now practicing as consultant neurologists in Pakistan and abroad.
The Neurology Residency Training Programme at Aga Khan University Hospital is designed for education and training of physicians to make them competent in diagnosis and management of various neurological disorders, to be effective teacher, proficient in professional and technical skills related to specialty and to enable them to meet the health care and research needs of the country.
Duration of training
The Neurology Residency Programme comprises three years of training.
- MBBS or equivalent degree approved by the PM&DC
- One year internship with six months in Medicine and allied and six months in Surgery and allied disciplines
- FCPS Part I and two years of training in Internal Medicine (eligible for intermediate module)
- FCPS Part I only – these candidates will be eligible for two year medicine residency (preliminary) arranged by the section of Neurology at AKU before entering core
The selection process is purely on merit basis and candidates are selected from all over the country.
Scope and content
The clinical training comprises self-learning as well as didactic lectures. During the training programme, the resident is expected to manage inpatients, outpatients and emergency services. The resident will be responsible for evaluating, admitting and managing the patients under the guidance of the consultant neurologist. During the training, the resident is expected to rotate through following disciplines as a part of training:
- Clinical neurophysiology (EEG, NCS, EMG)
Neurology core lecture, neurology/neurosurgery case discussions, clinical neurophysiology meeting, EEG interpretation session, neuroradiology conference, Medicine Grand Rounds, Mortality and Morbidity meeting/practice guidelines
Other teaching activities
- There is also a recent introduction of monthly ‘Neurosciences Grand Rounds' which is a collaborative effort of Neurology, Neurosurgery and Psychiatry with basic neurosciences
- Journal club
- Bedside clinical skill sessions
- Daily bedside teaching rounds
Residents are evaluated by the faculty at three-month intervals. A record of continuous evaluation on a monthly basis is also kept. In continuous evaluation, special emphasis is given to patient care, clinical skills, interpersonal relationship and research presentations. Residents also evaluate the faculty members and give their feedback. This feedback is kept anonymous.
Every fourth night
Residents are also given protected time for educational and research activities.
Two per year
The Section of Neurology comprises of one Professor, three Associate Professors, two Assistant Professors and six part-time faculty members.
There is a well-organised departmental residency committee which meets every month to oversee training, teaching and administrative issues.
Neurology faculty sub-specialises in different fields and provides wide variety of exposure to subspecialties.
Dr Saad Shafqat
MBBS AKU; PhD Harvard
Diplomate American Boards of Psychiatry and Neurology
Dr Mohammad Wasay
MBBS Karachi; MD USA
Diplomate American Boards of Neuro Imaging, Psychiatry and Neurology
Dr Mughis Sheerani
MBBS Karachi; MD Utah, Canada
Diplomate American Boards Psychiatry and Neurology
Dr Ayeesha Kamal
Diplomate American Boards of, Psychiatry and Neurology and Vascular Neurology
Dr Sarwar Jamil Siddiqui
MBBS, MRCP (Ireland)
Dr Bhojo A. Khealani
MBBS Sindh; FCPS (Neurology) Pakistan
Dr Maria Khan
MBBS; FCPS (Neurology)
Geographical Full Time Faculty
Dr Sara Khan
MBBS; Diplomate American Board of Psychiatry & Neurology,
Non Full-time faculty
Dr Aziz Sonawalla
MBBS; MD DM Bombay
Dr Nadir Ali Syed
Diplomate American Boards of Psychiatry, Electrodiagnostic Medicine and Clinical Neurophysiology
Dr Fowzia Siddiqui
MBBS Karachi; MD Suny Brooks
Diplomate American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology
Dr Nabeela Soomro
MBBS Karachi; FCPS Pakistan
Neurology, Rheumatology and Cardiology Rehabilitation
Dr Shahid Mustafa
Diplomate American Boards of Psychiatry and Neurology
Dr Furrukh Shohab Khan
MBBS, Diplomate American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology
Dr Nadeem Memon
MBBS; FCPS (Neurology), Fellowship in Clinical Neurophysiology
Dr Hazim Brohi (Off-Campus)
MBBS; FCPS (Neurology), Fellowship in Neurophysiology