Pakistan: Pfizer Pakistan Limited and College of Family Medicine Pakistan (CFMP) signed aMemorandum of Understanding (MoU) in August, 2015 to pledge and support a sustained medical education of generalpractitioners (GPs). By virtue of this collaboration, Pfizer Pakistan will support Membership of the College of FamilyMedicine Pakistan – affiliated with Royal College of General Practitioners (RCGP), UK – for more than 170 GeneralPhysicians (GPs) from across Pakistan.
The signing ceremony was held at the CFMP head office in Karachi. Pfizer Pakistan will propose nominations and offerenrollment for various Continuing Medical Education (CMEs) for general physicians practicing in Pakistan in accordancewith the eligibility criteria prescribed by CFMP. Apart from the programs that are conducted in major cities, smalltowns will be reached through Distance Learning Programs (DLPs), where the GPs will learn remotely through the help oftechnology. Every GP has to undergo a test to qualify for next module. These training courses will include Research methodology, Ethics in Medicine workshop and case scenarios, Counselling Skills, and various other coursesto enhance the GPs Skills to treat the patient better.
Dr. Farid Khan, Country Manager of Pfizer Pakistan, in his message to CFMP said, We are very pleased to share that weare making significant investments in continuing medical education for the physicians in Pakistan. After the Credit HourCMEs, this internationally recognized and comprehensive training program for General physicians will greatly help inenhancing their medical knowledge for better diagnosis and management of patients.
CFMP thanked Pfizer for this support in enrollment of over 170 physicians in the program. Dr Shehla Naseem, SecretaryGeneral CFMP recognized the importance of continuing education for GPs, Physicians in Pakistan have to constantlyundergo education programs carried out by renowned medical bodies since so many advancements in treatment regimenare taking place globally and we need to be up to date, she said.
All CME’s including MRCGP, DLP and PDP are one-year programs in Family Medicine recognized by the Royal College of GeneralPractitioners (RCGP) in the UK for candidates residing in South Asia and the Middle East. The candidate is recognized asa member of the RCGP after passing this MRCGP examination. It can be considered as the gold standard forpostgraduate training in family medicine.