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The Basics of Clinical Trials

Posted Sep 13 2008 3:05pm 1 Comment

We often hear about new treatments literally years before they're available to us because they're reported on when still in clinical trials. What are clinical trials? How do they work? With the answers to these questions, you can learn more about them and determin if you may be interested in participating.

Choosing to participate in a clinical trial is an important personal decision. These frequently asked questions provide detailed information about clinical trials. In addition, it is often helpful to talk to a physician, family members, or friends about deciding to join a trial. After identifying some trial options, the next step is to contact the study research staff and ask questions about specific trials. Feature article.

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PRIVATE SECTOR MEDICAL & DENTAL COLLEGES IN MY DEAR PAKISTAN

Owners of private medical and dental colleges in Pakistan are running their institutions without any law, principles, rules, regulations and ethics.

They have established their own rules and regulations (sharing monetary benefits with their professional regulatory authorities like Pakistan Medical & Dental Council (PMDC)

 

They have their own ethics (based on so called officially allowed schemes like self finance scheme, foreign seats, Pakistan health/medical foundation scheme, welfare trust scheme etc, etc)

 

You personally  can visit and observe deficiencies in their infrastructure, teaching faculty, teaching hospitals attached with  Hamdard College of Medicine and Dentistry Karachi, Sir Syed College of Medical Sciences for girls Karachi, International Medical College Abbottabad,  Liaquat College of Medicine and Dentistry Karachi, University Medical College Faisalabad,  Fatima Jinnah Dental College Karachi, Isra Medical University Hyderabad, Independent Medical College Faisalabad, Jinnah Medical College Peshawar, Multan Medical College Multan, University Medical College Lahore, Sharif City Medical College Lahore, Ziaudin Medical University Karachi, Baqai Medical University Karachi, Lahore Medical College Lahore, Frontier Medical College Abbottabad, Gandhara University Peshawar, Central Park Medical and Dental College Lahore, Altamash College of Dentistry Karachi.

See, look, observe and perceive dramatization of owners of these medical and dental institutions.

 

Their folk, famous but fake SLANG is that “we have established and we are running these institutions on ‘no profit no loss’ BASIS”, but their virtual goal is to generate money (nothing else).

They are not alone to cheat parents of  students getting admission in MBBS and BDS courses, but higher authorities of health department, government of Pakistan, PM&DC, Vice Chancellors of universities with which they are affiliated are their hand shakers. They all are in other words SHARE-HOLDERS

Owners of these institutions and officers concerned with PM&DC (concerned regulatory authority) are usually attached with same profession (MEDICAL PROFESSION), so both parties are traditionally (so called ethically) are responsible to cooperate with each other. The only victimized party is students and their parents.

On the time of PMDC official visit these institutes hire teaching faculty on very attractive salary package, share equipments, technically skill paramedical staff, required monetary funds with each other and after the PMDC visit, salary of teaching faculty is reduced remarkably or harassed them so that they leave medical college and join another institute, faculty hired from public sector leave that private institution and rejoin their own public sector institution from which they came (had got leave without pay) due to attractive salary package of private institutions. Equipment, skilled paramedical staff and monetary fund are sent back to concerned parties. In this case academic study, professional training of MBBS and BDS students is surely suffered/compromised.

 

Some of the private medical/dental colleges have following deficiencies:   

1)      Their senior faculty {Professor, Associate Professors, and Assistant Professors) are non-medical persons (having PhD degree but no medical basic degree (MBBS) at all. Salary of these non-medical teachers is much less than medical persons.

2)      Many of the senior faculty members are above the age of 70 years but are still working in these private institutes which is against the PMDC rules.

3)      Many Professors, Associate and Assistant Professors are working in these institutes getting leave from government sector which is again rule breaking attitude as directed by PMDC written regulations.

4)      In some institutes faculty members above the age of 70 years have left the HOD-ship but they are still working as Principals, which is another PMDC rules regulations breaking behavior.

5)      Some institutes have no infrastructure at all but they are recognized by PMDC because they showed so called artificial infrastructure on 1st, 2nd, 3rd…so forth visit of PMDC team and got reorganization for 5 years.

6)      Some institutes have no teaching hospital which can train 100 MBBS students. They use to claim to have teaching hospital but you can observe deficiency in these teaching hospitals regarding number of beds, patients, teaching faculty, paramedical staff and equipments.

Where is PMDC, Health department, Government of Pakistan, Supreme Court and other concerned authorities of provincial governments?

Is there any law enforcement agency which can observe these deficiencies in these institutions to save rights of medical/dental undergraduate students and their parent’s money and true dreams?

 DR. MANZOOR A. MALIK (Lahore, Pakistan)  

 
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