85 MBBS students get degrees

On what was doubtlessly an eagerly-awaited occasion, degrees and awards were conferred upon 85 MBBS students at the 9th convocation of Shifa College of Medicine (SCM) and 5th convocation of Shifa College of Nursing (SCN) here at the Bahria University auditorium on Saturday.

Beaming with joy among the recipients was Dr. Amna Sohail, who was awarded the ‘Ibn-e-Seena Gold Medal Award’ for her outstanding academic performance throughout the years and for being the best student of the batch. No less happy were Dr. Matiullah Kamran and Dr. Amna Ashraf, who secured the second and third positions respectively, and Ruth Cristina from Shifa College of Nursing (SCN), who obtained the first position in the nursing examination.

The vice chancellor of Quaid-e-Azam University Dr. Masoom Yasinzai, who was the chief guest at the august ceremony, conferred degrees upon students. Prominent among others was the rector of Bahria University Vice Admiral (r) Mohammad Haroon, dean of SCM and SCN Dr. Muhammad Ameen, principal of SCM Gen. (r) Dr. Muhammad Aslam, president and CEO of Shifa International Hospital Dr. Manzoor H. Qazi, faculty members of SCM, graduating students, and their parents. Speaking on the occasion, Dr. Yasinzai announced to confer the ‘Dr. Masoom Yasinzai Gold Medal Award’ for outstanding performance in the field of biochemistry in the years to come, an announcement that was heartily cheered by the participants.

Dr. Yasinzai said public health practice requires extensive practical experience in application of skills for the provision of best medical care to patients. Practicing medicine is not just an occupation or career but a profession. “I have witnessed myself that Shifa strives to instil in students, an appreciation of the meanings of service, a love of learning that will stay with them throughout their professional lives and sense of duty to their patients, their colleagues and the society at large,” the QAU VC said. He urged the students to never forget the oath they have taken, to try their best to inculcate that in their professional lives, and to become role models for others entering this noble profession.

According to Dr. Yasinzai, healthcare in Pakistan has always been treated as a stepchild. He stressed the need for stronger scientific and institutional capacity to address healthcare problems and to sustain health research capacity. He said, SCM is one of the best institutions, which is continuously striving for the promotion and betterment of healthcare education in Pakistan.

Vice Admiral Mohammad Haroon said doctors deal with people suffering from varied diseases and emotional distresses and their relatives seeing their dears parting their ways. So, he added, learning at a medical college is aimed at gaining clinical competence as well as such individual traits, which are essential for healthcare professionals. He observed that SCM has established its credibility as an outstanding medical college in a very short span of time. “We are proud to have this fine institute as affiliated college of Bahria University,” he said.

Dr. Muhammad Ameen termed the occasion an auspicious milestone in the lives of the qualifying doctors. He advised medics to plan in advance for patients’ treatment because the major bane of a patient today is no longer short-term ailments but chronic diseases requiring life-long care. Physicians will have to expand their horizons in many directions and constantly reflect and reorient treatment approaches. “Hopefully, our students, during their stay at Shifa, have acquired the necessary professional attitudes, habits and intellectual tools to be adept at practicing medicine as a healing art to ease the diseases of ailing human beings,” he stated. the news

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