A few years ago, in 2012, the Class of ‘92 presented the Aga Khan University with its first Twentieth Anniversary Gift. Spearheaded by Dr Sadaf Khan, the class got together and contributed $33,500 as an endowment gift. They decided that this gift would support the technical education and training of doctors and health care professionals from all over Pakistan, benefitting non-AKU residents attend important skill-based workshops.
Through their generosity, postgraduate residents from all over the country including Jamshoro, Hyderabad, Lahore, Larkana, Abbottabad, Karachi and Faisalabad, belonging to institutions like King Edward Medical University, Dow University of Health Sciences, The Indus Hospital and Liaquat University of Medical and Health Sciences, were able to attend the Postgraduate Medical Education Conference 2016 and its workshops, held here at the Aga Khan University. The chosen candidates were selected by a committee through a screening process, and out of thirty applications, we chose eleven residents, to afford this opportunity to the most capable candidates.
Residents working in low resource environments particularly benefitted as they were trained to identify the best techniques and understand approaches for various clinical scenarios. Dr Abdul Malik Magsi explains the importance of such workshops: “By coming here, we were able to understand the latest technology and techniques that are time saving and beneficial to patient care.” Attendees were taught the latest techniques in their respective fields, ranging from surgical skills to paediatric resuscitation.
Next year, due to the success of this initiative, we are happy to announce that we will expand the number of beneficiaries through this endowment.