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RMJ. 2013; 38(4): 325-327

The Fledgling Medical Education in Pakistan: Challenges and recommendations

Muhammad Asif Qureshi, Syed Azizur Rab.

Pakistan has a population of 180 million and around 30% of the population has no access to medical facilities.1 Negligible proportion (~2%) of Gross Domestic Product (GDP) is allocated to health.2 Therefore, it appears that the health care system and health education may not become a legislative priority in the upcoming years. It seems that policy and decision makers have given up on health education as its priority (constant declines from 2.8% to 2.2% of GDP allocation).3 As a result of lack of initiative from the public sector, there is mushrooming of private medical institutes all over Pakistan. The need of changes in the existing Pakistani medical education has been highlighted before.4,5 Pakistan Medical and Dental Council (PMDC) was empowered in 2012 by the Pakistani parliament to maintain a quality check in various medical colleges of Pakistan.4 However, and despite this positive step, changes that need to be implemented in medical education has been a matter of debate/concern in the past few years. Perhaps implementation of a modified Flexner model and/or THEnet schools could offer a potential solution in this regard.

Key words: Medical education, Medical colleges, Medical students

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