Rapid changes are deleterious for health profession

  • Tehseen Iqbal DG Khan Medical College, Dera Ghazi Khan, Pakistan
Keywords: Entry Test, National Licensing Examination, MBBS, PMC, PMDC


Changes are introduced for improvement. Changes cannot be accepted if the sole strategy is to mandate solutions from the top down and there is multiplicity of existing policies. Entry test was started to counter cheating in the FSc examinations. This year syllabus and format for this test and its percentage in merit calculation was changed many times. National Licensing Examination (NLE) is also imposed on students after passing MBBS course. There is no uniform teaching or assessment methodology for MBBS. PMC allowed non-medical faculty to be inducted in medical colleges; it recently denied registering postgraduate qualifications of Basic Medical Sciences. PMDC was dissolved and PMC was constituted many times. No one is looking at the big picture and the health system as a whole. Results of this total bewilderment will be obvious in a few years’ time. After these rapid changes, situation will be disastrous for the medical profession in the country.

Pak J Physiol 2020;16(4):1‒2


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Iqbal T. Rapid changes are deleterious for health profession. PJP [Internet]. 31Dec.2020 [cited 14Jun.2021];16(4):1-. Available from: https://pjp.pps.org.pk/index.php/PJP/article/view/1325