Members of national medical and dental academic board of the Pakistan Medical and Dental Council (PMDC) on Wednesday vowed to ensure quality medical and dental education.
The 21-member board was holding its first meeting as it was mandatory to hold first meeting in 14 days after the composition of the board. As many as 19 members were physically present in the meeting and the other two members attended the meeting through video link.
The NMDAB was notified by the Ministry of National Health Services (NHS) on July 14 to oversee the policy to maintain quality education in undergraduate and post-graduate medical and dental institutions across Pakistan.
The meeting was presided by the Chairman Academic Board Prof Dr Zahid Aman Dean Khyber Girls Medical College Peshawar. Dr. Syed Azhar Ali Shah assisted the forum as secretary to the board.
According to a statement, the PMDC being the sole healthcare education regulator in Pakistan, aiming to improve healthcare delivery and education standards, sets excellence standards and implements them in all medical and dental institutes for undergraduate and postgraduate education.
“The board’s primary functions are to frame medical and dental undergraduate accreditation standards, including curriculum, standards of medical education, academic standards of foreign institutions and examination standards, including the Medical and Dental Colleges Admission Test (MDCAT), National Registration Examination and National Equivalence Board Examination,” it stated.
Since the academic board was not constituted, PMDC adopted the policies framed by the previous academic board in the broader interest of the students and doctors, which included the MDCAT and NEB examinations.
“The academic board has unanimously approved the national medical and dental curriculum for 2023-24, and it will be reviewed. The academic board unanimously decided to constitute committees to review all the regulations and matters referred to the board entrusted under Section 13 of PMDC Act 2022,” it stated.
The Higher Education Commission (HEC) Chairman and President CPSP extended their full cooperation and assistance to the PMDC Council to achieve quality medical education in Pakistan to further upgrade the standards across the world.
The efforts of PMDC President Prof Dr Rizwan Taj along with its team were appreciated for taking significant step towards international recognition by applying to the World Federation for Medical Education (WFME) for its accreditation programme in due time along with organising workshops to improve relations with medical and dental colleges for recognition of WFME.
“The academic board is constituted with highly qualified professionals from all provinces of Pakistan, known nationally and internationally. The 21-member board will serve a four-year term in terms of section 11 of PMDC Act 2022,” it stated.
The meeting was attended by all members of the academic board.