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Dow University launches eCME programme for family physicians

Dow University launches eCME programme for family physicians
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KARACHI: Family Physicians being the front liner in our healthcare system should constantly update their knowledge and skills for better healthcare delivery to the masses, said experts at the inaugural session of the eCME programme launched by Dow University of Health Sciences (DUHS) on Thursday.
Senior child specialist Prof Abdul Ghaffar Billo highly appreciative of the web-based electronic-Continuing Medical Education (eCME) Programme introduced by DUHS said it will equally benefit the doctors and the patients.
He said the family physicians by updating their knowledge would be able to handle, more efficiently, medical conditions commonly encountered by them in their clinical practice. 
Prof Abdul Ghaffar Billo said the country with meager health resources needed efficient CME programmes that could go a long way.
The trained and qualified family physician shall be able to revive and strengthen our national health delivery system and shape the future of our new generation of practitioners, he said. 
Prof Masood Hameed Khan, Vice Chancellor of DUHS said university’s Digital Library has helped promotion of computer literacy culture among the doctors. 
He said general medical practitioners also known as family physicians are the backbone of healthcare system as being the first level of healthcare providers are better positioned to diagnose and manage the ailments. 
“In future, Dow University would start web based preventive programme for the masses,” he said.
They are the professionals whose recognition of disease symptoms, initial intervention and planning count towards subsequent outcome of advanced and definitive management of the diseases at referral centers, said Prof Ayesha Mehnaz. 
Dr Naveed Akhtar opined that as physicians barely get time to do physical training by attending lectures of CME, the e-CME programme developed by DUHS will facilitate learning opportunities for them at home or workplace. 
Dr Masood Jawaid sharing details of e-CME Programme and demonstration of online Programme said that this e-CME programme is based on Modules. 
Each module shall signify a particular aspect of interest and provide the core and essential knowledge in that particular area of interest required for safe practice of medicine and patient care, he said.  
Dr Jawaid said about 30 to 40 modules are made available in the course while CME credit hours shall be awarded when all the post-tests in a Module have been attempted successfully as required. 
CPD workshops would be arranged at Professional Development Center of DUHS and other Institutes of Dow University to provide hands-on training as application of knowledge to practice. 
“These Workshops though an integral part of this e-CME course may or may not be entirely free,” he said.
He also mentioned that in due course, the Pakistan College of General Practitioners shall conduct special training to develop interest groups for managed care, research development and planning for growth and or further qualifications in General Practice.
Prof Abdul Rauf Memon in his welcome address said active involvement and participation of family physician will make this programme a success.
Dr Hussain Haroon alongwith Syed Jamshed Ahmed and Mujeeb Ali Khan were also among those who spoke on the occasion. 

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