KARACHI – Competence in medicine is crucial to perform the job to the high standards required. Remain doctors first and foremost, and as such the welfare of patients is of primary interest, these views were expressed by doctors associated with Pakistan Islamic Medical Association (PIMA) at a career guidance seminar held at Aga Khan University Auditorium.
They added that “Every year thousands of medical graduates pass out without clear vision and many of them end up going abroad due to lack of proper career guidance and opportunities.”
PIMA’s career guidance seminar for fresh medical graduates is attended by large number of fresh medical graduates from almost all medical schools in Karachi, as it provides an opportunity to them to communicate with such a large number of fresh doctors but future medical specialists, general practitioners, and surgeons from different hospitals of Karachi.
“Fresh medical graduates should not go abroad and serve extremely neglected poor patients in the country as if all literate persons move abroad nobody will take care of this society,” said Dr. M. Kashif Shazlee, Consultant Interventional Radiologist Ziauddin Medical University and Hospital.
M. Wasay, M.D. FRCP, FAAN, Aga Khan University, while giving his presentation on career planning said that career choices should be taken after a detailed discussion with family, friends, teachers and seniors before making a final decision.
“Decisions of careers and placements must be based on your choice what you like and enjoy most i.e seeing patients, teaching, research, administrative work, marketing etc.,” he said, adding that medical graduates should consider their strengths and weaknesses including temperament, skills, track record etc. before making a decision about their careers whose best time is before graduation.
While addressing on pharmaceutical sector horizon for the young doctors Dr. Iram Tariq said pharmaceutical industry is a thriving global industry despite economic slowdown. By 2018 to reach an estimated $1,226 billion, with good growth over next 5 years; Pakistan market is worth Rs. 435 billion or $ 4.2 billion growing at 16.66%.Considered to be powerful and most developed hi-tech sectors.