1st Annual Mini-Symposium – “Students as Teachers”

“Students as teachers” day held Muhammad Medical College Mirpurkhas held one day mini-symposium. The theme of the mini-symposium was “students as teachers” Considering national situation, this mini-symposium was dedicated to the recent martyrs and wounded people of Quetta. Prayers were offered for them.

The programme was started with recitation from the Holy Quran by Vice Principal Dr. Shamsul Arfeen Khan. The Chief Organiser of mini-symposium Professor Dr. Syed Zafar Abbas explained the purpose of the programme in detail. He explained that the unique idea of this programme was presented by the owner and Dean of Muhammad Medical College Professor Dr. Syed Razi Muhammad. Students were divided in groups of 3-4 and were assigned a selection of 33 most important topics from the subjects of medicine and surgery. Students extracted clinical data from the hospital records of patients and compared them with those from published national and international data. They produced posters on those topics and also presented teaching lectures on them. Some students from 4th year and all students from final year took active part in this project. They presented their lectures in Professor Hassan Memon Memorial Auditorium in front of the fellow students and also their senior teachers. Every lecture was also followed by a question and answer session.

Dr. Rehmatullah Soomro of surgery did comparing of the programme. Professor Dr. Syed Razi Muhammad was among the senior doctors present and listening to the lectures. Students had prepared their projects under supervision of their teachers. Professor Razi Muhammad congratulated students on the high standard of the lectures. He said such programmes were essential part of training of medical students. He expressed his wishes that students would use such experiences in their learning and in the progression of their future career. He said that one of the reasons of high quality education at Muhammad Medical College was holding such healthy experiments and competitions among students. Following the lecture session, Professor Razi Muhammad led a group of senior doctors who acted as judges to select best posters. They visited all posters and asked questions to their presenter. The chief organizer of the event Professor Zafar Abbas explained that this programme was a part of 3 day event. He said that yesterday saw the occurrence of a certified Basic and Advance Life Support workshop, which was provided completely free of cost to not only final year medical students but also hospital doctors of the college and those working at other hospitals in the region. He said this event was being held regularly for last many years. He also said that tomorrow will be the last day of this 3 day event when there will be a National Seminar on the diseases of gastroenterology and hepatology. Professor Zafar Abbas said that this seminar is an annual event for the last 6 years and despite difficult national situation has never been cancelled even once. Students who secured good positions in a recently held competition on topics of gastroenterology and hepatology will also be given awards on the last day of the event.