National University of Medical Sciences (NUMS) in collaboration with Amcolians Alumni Association (AAA), Association of Physicians of Pakistani Descent of North America (APPNA), Medical Education and Research Investment Taskforce (MERIT) and Research Education and Scientific Affairs (RESA) held a Symposium on 19th December 2017. The event was hosted by Army Medical College, Rawalpindi, Pakistan.

Professor Dr Shabbir Ahmed Lehri, President Pakistan Medical and Dental Council (PM&DC) graced the occasion as Chief Guest and Lt Gen Syed Muhammad Imran Majeed HI(M), Vice Chancellor NUMS as Guest of Honour. The event was attended by Maj Gen (Retd) Muhammad Aslam HI(M) Pro-Vice Chancellor NUMS, Maj Gen Saleem Ahmed Khan, Principal Army Medical College, Maj Gen Nigar Johar, Vice Principal Army Medical College, Educationists, AM College and NUMS faculty, Postgraduate Residents, Post-Doctorate Researchers and final-year medical students.The symposium served as a platform for bringing together renowned Educationists and Physicians from NUMS, AM College, AAA and APPNA to share their experience and latest developments in various fields of Medical Education and Medical Practice. The Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) signed between NUMS, AAA and APPNA marks the beginning of benefiting young doctors and medical students with latest updates in the field of Medical Education and Health Sciences to ensure capacity building and knowledge sharing by bringing together leading academicians from medical profession in North America and Pakistan.

The inaugural session of the event preceded with opening remarks by Professor Shakeel Ahmed Mirza, President AAA, followed by keynote addresses by Dr Shahid Rafiq, Chairman APPNA MERIT and Lt Gen Syed Muhammad Imran Majeed HI(M), Vice Chancellor NUMS.

Dr Shahid Rafiq highlighted the fact that the collaboration between APPNA and NUMS will bear fruitful results for promoting capacity building among young medical doctors. Lt Gen Imran Majeed emphasized upon the need of a platform such as NUMS, to contribute in addressing the healthcare needs of the country, as well as the efforts put in to increase collaboration with APPNA. This was followed by remarks from the Chief Guest Professor Dr Shabbir Ahmed Lehri who emphasized upon the need of outcome based training of medical graduates in Pakistan. The inaugural session was followed by two scientific sessions ‘Updates in Health Professions Education’ and ‘Updates in Medical Practice’.

The symposium also consisted of poster presentations displaying research work of AM College undergraduate students and were thoroughly appreciated by APPNA and AAA members, and NUMS faculty. The NUMS/ APPNA MERIT & APPNA RESA/ AAA Symposium 2017 proved to be an extremely useful way of serving the dual purpose of gathering eminent medical educationists from North America and Pakistan, as well as, providing an opportunity for immense knowledge-sharing in the field of Medicine.