DUHS is launching its web-based Continuing Medical Education Program named the "e-CME Program for the Family Physicians".
The Family Physicians as the Target audience
The Family Physician is the first of the medical professionals to be contacted by any patient.The patient's presenting symptoms and the circumstances leading to his suffering are presented to him to make a diagnostic and prognostic impression and he is obligated to make the initial interventions and plan a course of actions like to retain and treat or refer. These steps play vital roles in the health outcome.
FP's own clinical knowlege, experience and exposure to various similar situations in the past, coping with new updates; facilities available to him to treat; access to secondary and tertiary care with an ease of referral are some of the factors leading towards the subsequent outcome of this encounter.This requires that the FP is well-connected and updated .These trained and qualified General Physicians shall be able to revive and strengthen our national health delivery system and provide improved care.as the specialists and priveledged community practitioners enjoying the best of healthcare planning,education and growth. The FP is actually at the hub of the wheel of any Health system.
Rationale for a Web-based CME Programme
Therefore, an e-CME programme, which could be a current,evidence-based and made available at the GP's home and workplace with an accessibilty 24/7 became a priority in FP's education and training as most appropriate.
A number of topics of importance to our local areas of practice needs were contemplated upon and selected for inclusion in this CME program.Senior and learned professionals were contacted and invited to present lectures, rich in contents.Each lecture thus signifies a particular area of importance and interest with a level of knowledge required to practice independently and safely.
Lecture and Module Format
A high quality video lecture of about 35-45 minutes duration forms a presentation.
A number of 8-10 recorded lectures were then developed and serialised to form the contents of a Module. A Module provides the core and essential knowledge in that particular area of the subject for safe practice of General medicine at the Clinic.
A number of presentations in a subject were video-recorded by HD cameras by a professional team and superbly edited with respect to audio-visual qualitities.These lectures were then reviewed by a team of academic members, who also prepared post-tests to high-light certain points in the presentation rather than testing previous acquired knowledge.
Course Work and Duration
About 30 to 40 video-lectures shall form this series.
CME credit hours shall be awarded on each Module when all the post-tests in a Module have been attempted successfully within a given time period. A passing grade/percentage is required.
This modular course shall be the activity considered mandatory for all grades of practitioners enrolled to this program.
Through collaborations and complementary roles, and following the vision and philosophy behind Family Practice and Primary Care the DUHS shall be able to bring about positive changes in the health of the people and lives of the General Physicians, InshaAllah !
Dow University of Health Sciences feels great pleasure in announcing Continuous Medical Education Programme for Family Physicians. We, at Dow University of Health Sciences believe that Family Physicians play a very important role in the healthcare system of any country, more so especially in Pakistan. For Family Physicians Dow University has been arranging various seminars, and symposia, CME programmes.
We realize that for Family Physicians it is very difficult to come all the way on a working day, from their clinics to any Centre like, say, Dow University of Health Sciences City Campus or Ojha Campus to attend a lecture of CME for one to two hours. That is why the University decided to have a Web-based Continuous Medical Education Programme, for which I am very grateful to all the team members, especially Professor Dr. Abdul Rauf Memmon, who is Professor of Medicine, and Dr. Shakeel as well as to all the support staff for recording. I am also grateful to all the participants, the experts who have willingly accepted to record lectures of Continuous Medical Education for Family Physicians.
I hope that this activity will go a long way in updating the knowledge of Family Physicians, and later on we would like to have certification from Dow University of Health Sciences for Family Physicians.
I am thankful to Almighty Allah for having given us courage to start this Programme and I am grateful to all the members who have supported us.
Professor Dr. Masood Hameed Khan
Vice Chancellor, DUHS.
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