Special Assistant to Prime Minister on Medical Education and Patient Care Prof Dr Aamir Bilal has said medical and dental education standards would be brought at par with international standards keeping in view local requirements.
“However, no compromise will be made on the minimum standards and quality. All necessary steps shall be taken to revise existing rules and regulations of the Pakistan Medical and Dental Council (PMDC), including the syllabus for Medical and Dental Colleges Admission Test (MDCAT), Curriculum for Undergraduate Medical Dental Education, and accreditation standards for the accreditation of medical and dental institutions,” Dr Bilal said while chairing a meeting at the PMDC head office for the promotion of medical education and quality health care.
According to a statement issued on Sunday, the meeting was attended by Health Secretary Iftikhar Ali Shallwani and PMDC President Prof Dr Rizwan Taj.
Dr Bilal emphasised that it would be ensured that MDCAT and NEB exams were standardised with stringent quality assessments, updated curricula and modern teaching methodologies to produce competent and globally competitive healthcare professionals.
The meeting was also attended by PMDC council members, the federal special secretary for health, CPSP president, members of the task force and subcommittees, representatives of HEC and provincial health departments, present and former vice chancellors, deans, experts in the field and representatives of the nursing council from across the country.