First batch of trainees in emergency medicine awarded certificates

Rawalpindi: The first batch of trainees of Rawalpindi Medical University who completed a one-year certificate course in the specialty of Emergency Medicine, Emergency Medicine Foundation Program (EMFP) by Royal College of Emergency Medicine were awarded certificates by RCEM UK President Dr Adrian Boyle.

The certificate awarding ceremony was held at the main campus of RMU which was presided over by RCEM UK, Vice Chancellor RMU Prof Dr. Muhammad Umar SI, and Dr Ayaz Abbasi from UK.

RMU is the first university in Pakistan to start this program in 2020 So far around 30 young doctors have completed this diploma programme RCEM started emergency training programs in the UK as a separate specialty and established new Royal Colleges for this specialty such as Royal College of Physicians, Royal College of Edinburgh and Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons Glasgow.

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RMU Vice Chancellor Professor Dr. Muhammad Umar informed ‘The News’ that a certificate course in specialty of emergency medicine has been launched by RCEM, UK in collaboration with EMFP, RMU. The program is providing opportunities for up-skilling of young doctors in the management of patients attending hospital emergency departments. He further said that there are only a few centers in Pakistan where this program is being conducted. Most patients in hospitals in Pakistan are brought to emergency departments. About two years ago, the Punjab government started an emergency strengthening program but no trained manpower was available. With the efforts of Dr. Ayaz Abbasi, who is working as the Director of Emergency Department in a major UK hospital, President RCEM visited Pakistan to establish a collaborative program between RMU and UK. Finally in 2020 the first Diploma Course in Emergency Medicine was launched at RMU. Now RMU is running the 2nd batch of this course, Prof Umar said.

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To date, RMU has trained more than 35 doctors in RCEM’s joint program between UK and RMU, he said.

At the certificate distribution ceremony, RCEM President Adrian Boyle said the Emergency Medicine Foundation Program is one of the best training programs in emergency medicine in Pakistan. Prof. Jahangir Sarwar Khan, Principal Rawalpindi Medical College and Dr. Usman Qureshi are in charge of the program at RMU. President RCEM. Prof. Umar said that SJABMU has also started this program at PIMS Hospital in Islamabad recently.

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He requested the President RCEM to set up examination center for this course in RMU as it will be of great benefit to the doctors of Pakistan.

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