ISLAMABAD: Pakistan Medical and Dental Council (PMDC) and Higher Education Commission (HEC) on Monday joined hands to revise medical and dental curriculum in the country, making it at par with the international standards.
Addressing a joint press conference, President PMDC Prof. Dr. Masood Hameed and Chairman HEC Dr. Mukhtar Ahmad said that this step will help improving professional capability of students studying in medical and dental colleges.
Chairman HEC said that the commission is ready to provide every possible technical support to PMDC in the revision of medical curriculum which is a need of hour. He appreciated the working of PMDC and said that the council has done a lot in maintaining the standards of medical dental education in the country.
He added that both the organizations are very keen to develop this curriculum which will not only meet national requirements but also the international requirements.
President PMDC Prof. Dr. Masood Hameed said that PMDC curriculum setting will be enhanced and minimum requirements for training institutions will be refreshed. He added the main object of this revision is to evaluate and key link the flaws in the education system to standardize in the medical curriculum.
He said that the council has constituted a special team to monitor and address the complaints being received to PMDC regarding some flaws in medical universities related with the students and faculty.
He added examiners, educationists, renowned health professional and medical and dental practitioners are part of this team.
He said that there is a dire need to update the MBBS and BDS curriculum in the country.
Heads of both organizations said that the curriculum will be based on application of knowledge and problem solving rather than only recall of factual knowledge and to define psychomotor skills that the students should be able to perform themselves.
They said that additional compulsory courses will be balanced by the reduction of information overload by deleting obsolete or those more relevant to postgraduate.
They said that the HEC will ensure that the medical institutions are following curriculum. They added it is important to build an indigenous curriculum which builds a competent and confident graduate who serves the society’s needs.
They said that the overall curriculum document will emphasis on areas that the students must know, incorporate new fields of knowledge and ensuring that the student is not over burdened and eliminating details of uncommon condition.