Why is medical M. Phil (Pak) being disregarded?
Recently, Vice Chancellors and Principals of medical colleges are appointed in Health Department Punjab and none of them is from Basic medical sciences. None of them is from M Phil degree holders. Medical M. Phil (Pak) is a special degree which is totally different from M. Phil in general education. One very important difference is the duration of years spent to get this degree. A medical doctor spends 24 to 25 years of education and compulsory service to get this degree. While M. Phil in general education subjects can be earned only in 18 years. The second important difference is in the course content of these degrees. To get admission to Medical M. Phil (Pak), prerequisite was two to three years’ teaching experience as demonstrator in the relevant basic medical science subject. At that time, the highest merit doctors selected by the Public Service Commission were posted as demonstrators in medical colleges. The Medical M. Phil (Pak), at BMSI, Karachi was a research degree with the same syllabus as was being followed at Indiana University USA at that time. Medical M. Phil (Pak) course included a compulsory Research Orientation Course. M. Phil degree holders supervised FCPS postgraduates in their disciplines. Many M. Phil degree holders were awarded Honorary FCPS. Medical M. Phil (Pak) is not a lower level degree as compared with the FCPS. Instead of disregarding and disrespecting, authorities should acknowledge the services of Medical M. Phil teachers because they served the country during hard times and supported the medical education system of the country for many decades.
Pak J Physiol 2019;15(4):1–2
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