LAHORE  - Vice Chancellor University of Health Sciences (UHS) Maj Gen (retd) Prof Muhammad Aslam has said that the institution was committed to strengthen allied health sciences education, research and provide courses and training to allied health personnel through formal, distance learning, e-learning method.

Addressing the newly admitted class of 2-year transitional programme in Doctor of Physical Therapy (t-DPT) on Monday, he said that the university trains and educates today’s health care professionals – the therapists, technologists, administrators, and assistants who are the backbone of country’s health care workforce. As the population ages and increasingly struggles with chronic disease and disability, UHS mission of educating premier health care professionals has never been more vital.

Appreciating the role of physical therapists in various settings, UHS VC said: “What makes physical therapists important is that they know how to look at the bigger picture and take care of the smallest details which sometimes means nothing to others even patients themselves, but at the end make a huge difference”. He stressed the role of life-long learning to acquire knowledge, skills and attitude.

The Course Coordinator, Dr.Hafiz Muhammad Asim said: “Recognizing that currently practicing physical therapists are competent clinicians who have graduated from accredited educational programmes, this programme focuses on updating and broadening their knowledge and skills to the level required to practice as a Doctor of Physical Therapy in today’s complex and demanding health care environment”.

The curriculum of t-DPT had been designed in line with international standards with a focus on the evidence-based format. The teaching would be through the highly sophisticated web portal to encourage constant and active learning among students in term of discussion board activities and projects, he said.

UHS Director Medical Education Prof I A Naveed said that with the launch of new programme by UHS, it would be ensured that the knowledge which is required out of these professionals would truly be displayed through their practice. Noman Tabassum, Rohi Abbas and Marium Gul, students of t-DPT programme, also spoke on the occasion.