Rapid change in the landscape of Medical Education has made it mandatory for postgraduate and undergraduate medical schools and colleges to continuously train faculty and students on contemporary and context specific educational practices. Department of Medical Education (formerly called department of Undergraduate Medical Education, DUME) was established in 2013 to facilitate planning, implementation and evaluation of contextualized, contemporary best practices in our resource-constraint environment. DME is facilitating all curricular and co-curricular activities at SZPGMI for undergraduate and postgraduate programs. For all teaching and training programs following services are provided through DME;
EC is responsible for facilitating students in the process of electives, nationally or internationally. This cell established linkages with GHLO, GMC and others. We had an MOU with George Washington University, USA in 2016-17 for Clinical Electives Program, Summer Research and Medical Enrichment Program, Observership Program and Medical Research Fellowship Program (Non-Residency Track). Our students applying for electives in national or international hospitals and institutes are also routed through this cell and a record of all activities is maintained.
Currently the cell is facilitating medical UG and PG students from other institutes from world over in getting internships and electives here at SKZMDC, SZH and SZPGMI. The details of available electives slots in various clinical and para-clinical disciplines with their timeframes/ attachment duration and fee structure (at Shaikh Zayed Hospital and PGMI) are mentioned on our website www.skzmdc.edu.pk . Institute provides experience letter and LOR from the relevant head of department or supervisor.
RU is responsible for facilitating and organizing training workshops and seminars on research proposal development, reference management using Endnote, questionnaire development, survey methodology, SPSS and data analysis. RU is also assisting and training students in scientific writing including reviews and original research papers and also facilitates researchers to get published in a good quality journal.
Research Cell is also taking guidance from Ethical Review and Research Advisory Committee of SZPGMI in training researchers in research, facilitating and guiding them during their research process and also guiding them to seek funding from their institute or from national or international agencies. RU is also working on establishing research fund to support young researchers.
Career Counseling and International Linkages Unit:
Office is responsible for organizing regular career counseling sessions, seminars and webinars with well-known experts in different medical and surgical disciplines and also with high achiever alumni in USMLE, PLAB and FCPS exams. Office is working for developing international and national linkages to facilitate our graduates in seeking appropriate career pathways by giving them informed choices world over. Alumni of SKZMDC are working in various top institutes and hospitals world over. They are there to facilitate linkages and placement of students.
Skills Development Unit:
Skill development is an important function of DME. DME is organizing following seminars, workshops and CME activities;
- BLS workshop (Basic Life Support) mandatory for all UG and PG students, faculty and staff
- Communication Skills (Seminars OR Workshops)
- Literature Search and Reference Management Skills (Seminars OR Workshops)
- Information Technology in Medical Sciences (Seminars OR Workshops)
- Basic Biostatistics and Research Methodology (BBRM) Workshop
- Scientific Writing and Publishing (Seminars OR Workshops)
- Evidence-based Medicine (Seminars OR Workshops)
These all are mandatory for PGs in all programs at SZPGMI. Their attendance is notified on the evaluation Performa of SZPGMI.
CME and Faculty Development Unit:
DME has an established faculty development program through which CHPE course and training workshops for faculty in curriculum, instruction, assessment, feedback, evaluation and research are regularly conducted. Pakistan Medical Council has allowed SZPGMI to award CME hours to CPD activities. Following activities are organized by departments/PGMI and are facilitated by DME;
- CPC (Clinico-pathological Conference) ….. maintain record at DME (CME awarded)
- Morbidity and Mortality Reviews (MMR) ….. maintain record at DME
- Journal Club ….. maintain record
- Departmental CME activities ….. maintain record at DME (CME awarded)
Faculty Development fund is approved by BOG and available on merit for faculty interested in their capacity building. Procedure and guidelines are available at DME office.