Tania Shakoori, Khaula Tariq, Saqib Saeed, Maham Ahmed, Aftab Asif.
Elevating the MD/MS/MDS Qualification: a Curriculum Update from a Public Sector Medical University, Lahore, Pakistan..
Ann King Edward Med Uni Jan ;24(2):814-7.
MD/MS/MDS program is a postgraduate clinical degree offered at several medical universities of Pakistan including King Edward Medical University. It is classified as a Level III degree by Pakistan Medical and Dental Council and falls within level 7 category, according to National Qualifications Framework Higher Education Commission of Pakistan. In this report, we propose curricular changes in the MD/MS/MDS degree along with improvements in research standards so it may be raised to a level 8 degree. This would improve quality of consultants produced and raise university rankings at the same time. A draft `MD Psychiatry Curriculum` has been drafted as a model curriculum, which fulfills these criteria. This curriculum has a course work of 51 credit hours, covered in 8 semesters spread over 4 years. Detailed weekly timetales have been defined for the entire 4-year duration of the program. The research thesis requirements are upgraded to match Ph.D thesis requirement. This curriculum has been designed so that it is compatible with the `King Edward Medical University MD/MS/MDS Amended Regulations 2014`. It is anticipated that adoption of such curriculum upgrades would raise the prestige and ranking of the University.
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