The Medical College has launched a first-ever, monthly seminar series for undergraduate and graduate students. The series ‘Dean’s COVID-19 Seminar for Students’ will feature alumni of the Medical College as guest speakers, who will share their perspectives, success stories, and the academic and clinical contributions they have been making during the pandemic.
“Our alumni have been leading the response against COVID-19 from the very start through various research, innovation, education and policy efforts,” said Dr Adil Haider, Dean of the Medical College. “Interactions like these will keep our students updated on the latest developments around the world and stay motivated in these unprecedented times.”
The first session of the series was moderated by Dr Adil Haider and Dr Sadaf Khan, associate dean for undergraduate medical education, and included undergraduate students from all five years as well as graduate programmes. Dr Asad Ali, MBBS’01, associate dean of research and professor at the department of paediatrics and child health was invited as the first guest in the seminar series.
Dr Ali presented a 20-min talk based on a research study his team is pursuing on the differences in mortality due to COVID in different parts of the world. He spoke at length about the hypotheses in consideration and encouraged the attending students to be inquisitive and follow their ideas, without worrying about grants and funding. The talk was followed by a Q/A in which students shared their insights on the topic at hand and asked about the approaches and protocols about the research topic.
The seminar series is part of the University’s mission to provide quality education, instill critical thinking, and values of aspiration and excellence in students. “The webinar prompted an engaging discussion between inquisitive students and the AKU leadership,” said Adnan Ali Khan, a fourth-year undergraduate student. “Dr Asad Ali’s talk inspired and captivated us to create our own research questions.”
Future sessions will feature alumni from diverse professional associations talking about their journey and exciting developments to expect in the post-COVID world.