The first six specialist doctors to graduate from the French Medical Institute for Children’s Postgraduate Medical Education Programme have been awarded certificates of specialization today by Dr Ferozuddin Feroz, Minister of Public Health and the Professor Farhat Abbas, Dean of Aga Khan University Medical College at a PGME Graduation Ceremony. The funding of PGME programme is provided by the Government of Canada.
The graduates, three each in paediatric medicine and paediatric surgery, underwent four years of rigorous specialized training through a programme accredited by Afghanistan’s Ministry of Public Health (MoPH) and the Aga Khan University’s Postgraduate Medical Education Department.
Dr Ferozuddin Feroz applauded the initiative: “Afghanistan has just 2 doctors for every 10,000 people and a serious shortage of medical specialists,” he said. “We support initiatives that can help us increase the number of medical and surgical specialists in the country and appreciate the assistance provided by the Aga Khan University for this programme.”
PGME residencies are now offered in five more disciplines – anaesthesiology, cardiology, orthopaedics, pathology and radiology – with 49 doctors including five women under training. By 2020, the Programme is expected to have 96 residents on board at any given time and to graduate 20 specialists annually.
“You are doctors, surgeons in Kabul, I am a surgeon in Paris, we are all bound by the same oath of Hippocrate, in the same respect we have to our patients. This universality that knows no frontiers, make the beauty of our profession.” added Dr Eric Cheysson, President of the French NGO La Chaine de l’Espoir, in the concluding address.
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