Pakistan Medical and Dental Council (PM&DC) has joined hands with the Higher Education Commission (HEC) and College of Physicians & Surgeons Pakistan (CPSP) for the accreditation of postgraduate medical education.

All the vice chancellors/ principals of postgraduate medical institutions along with stakeholders of the HEC and CPSP agreed to this at a meeting chaired by President PM&DC Prof Dr Masood Hameed Khan.

The meeting decided that universities in future would not deliver any graduate or postgraduate medical programme without constituting a medical college.

It was decided that the PM&DC postgraduate curriculum standard setting will be enhanced and minimum requirements for training institutions will be refreshed.

Later while talking to media President PM&DC Prof Dr Masood said that PM&DC had established a specialty board to keep a complete check on the doctors who were working in those specialties which they were not qualified for.

Interestingly, doctors are practicing different specialties without having certification of specialty procedures i.e. hair transplant, liposuction, and constructive surgeries.

He added that PM&DC strictly refrained from treating patients who did not acquire relevant specialisation/ certification.

He said PM&DC was empowered to establish these boards under section 16 C1 and C2. Post-fellowship will also be part of specialty board. The specialty board will also define the level of competency of doctors.