BAHRIA UNIVERSITY MEDICAL AND DENTAL COLLEGE:
The Bahria University Medical and Dental College (BUMDC) was started in the second half of 2008 with the induction of experienced and highly qualified faculty members for different departments under the guidance of Rector, Vice Admiral Farooq Rashid HI(M). High quality teaching tools were procured and all the laboratories were established. The academic journey started with the first batch of first year medical students in 2008. Admiral Noman Bashir NI(M) Chief of Naval Staff inaugurated BUMDC on 29th January 2009. Under the guidance of Rector Vice Admiral (Retd) Mohammad Haroon HI (M) the college moved forward at the old campus on Stadium Road, the Bahria University Karachi Campus with full facilities to students. By the Grace of Allah Almighty and under the dynamic guidance and leadership of present Rector Vice Admiral (Retd) Tanveer Faiz HI(M), BUMDC moved forward with increased number of students and faculty to the new site. Admiral Mohammad Zakaullah NI(M) Chief of Naval Staff inaugurated the new campus, a state of art, purpose built medical and dental college building with all facilities to the students and teachers, located adjacent to PNS-Shifa, on 29th January 2013. Throughout all these years the higher hierarchy was assisted by the vigilant vision of the pioneer Dean Health Sciences and Principal BUMDC Professor Dr . Syed Tipu Sultan during his specified tenure. Now this task has been handed over to Brigadier (Retd) Prof. Dr . Shaheen Moin. She is pursuing all the policies elegantly with a touch of innovation to further raise the standard of this esteemed institution.
The allocated college budget for 2013-14 is over 238 million rupees. The medical college building has 7 floors, with the first 5 floor housing the medical college and the top 2 floors housing the dental section. There are 5 lecture halls each with a capacity of 150 seats. There is a beautiful auditorium with a seating capacity of 500. All lecture halls have teaching aids such as multimedia, sound systems and are air conditioned. There are fully equipped laboratories, museums, dedicated teaching rooms for small group teaching and a skills laboratory in the process of being equipped. BUMDC strictly follows the curriculum specified by the Pakistan Medical and Dental Council. However it is modernized to modular system by including strategies like problem based learning and interactive learning. Teaching of Behavior Science and Medical Ethics are given special emphasis to foster moral values and performance in BUMDC graduates. Student`s clinical teaching takes place in PNS Shifa, a tertiary care hospital, well run and well equipped with departments of Medicine, Gynecology and Obstetrics, Pediatrics, Radiology, Pathology, Plastic Surgery, Urology as well as a very busy General Surgery Department. The hospital also has a Coronary Care Unit, an Intensive Care Unit, a Dialysis unit, Orthopedics unit, Rehabilitation unit and an Emergency room with a dedicated minor operating theatre. The clinical faculty consists of a combination of qualified and experienced civilian and naval academicians selected on their ability, knowledge and commitment to teaching. Students are taught in small group of 3-4 and attached to a clinician whom students shadow and who teaches them as he/she fulfills clinical care, surgery and medical procedures. The students thus get hands on learning from experienced physicians and surgeons. BUMDC at present has six batches of MBBS with100 enrolled medical students in each batch and two batches of BDS with 41 and 50 dental students respectively. The first batch of MBBS doctors graduated in December 2013. The graduation ceremony was held on 3rdMarch 2014. These graduates are doing their further clinical training as house job in PNS Shifa Hospital. Bahria University Medical and Dental College is listed in the international Avicenna Directory and International Medical Education Directory (IMED). Thus BUMDC graduates can pursue their further education and training in USA, UK and other countries. Professional development of faculty is a very important component of teaching and learning which is catered at BUMDC throughout the year by workshops. BUMDC strongly encourages research culture among the students as well as faculty. Bahria University has initiated cash awards for original research work. Establishment of multidisciplinary research laboratory and post-graduate degree program in basic medical sciences are projects of the near future that are progressing with full support and cooperation of Rector Bahria University. Publication of a medical journal and a newsletter are also salient achievements of BUMDC that provide a good platform to both faculty and students for expressing their work and achievements. The College has organized three national symposia in which the faculty and students shared their research work with other researchers of Pakistan.
In future endeavors the university is planning to build on-campus hostels for its medical and dental students. Besides enhancement of medical seats from 100-150 students, formalities to commence post graduate studies program at BUMDC is also under process with Pakistan Medical and Dental Council (PMDC).
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