ISLAMABAD – As many as 94 MBBS students were conferred degrees in 10th convocation of Shifa College of Medicine (SCM), affiliated with Bahria University, on Saturday.

Dr Rishtya Meena Kakar secured first position, Dr Hassan Zafar Baig got second position and third position went to Dr Saleha Rizwan. Dr Hassan Zafar Baig was also awarded with the ‘Ibn-e-Seena Gold Medal Award’ for showing outstanding performance in all years of his studies and being the best student of his batch. Besides, Danish Nadeem from Shifa College of Nursing (SCN) secured the first position in nursing examination. The 27 nursing graduates were also conferred degrees in the convocation.

Chief guest of the convocation Dr Zafarullah Chaudhry, president College of Physicians and Surgeons Pakistan (CPSP), conferred degrees upon the students. Rector Bahria University Islamabad Rear Admiral (Retd) Ehsan Saeed, Dean SCM and SCN Dr. Muhammad Ameen, Principal SCM Gen. (Retd) Dr. Muhammad Shoaib, Chief Executive Officer Shifa International Hospital Dr. Manzoor H. Qazi, faculty members of SCM, SCN, graduating students and their parents attended the convocation.

Dr Zafarullah Chaudhry, while addressing the convocation, congratulated the graduating students, faculty members, management of SCM and SCN and parents of the students. Dr Chaudhry 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. He urged the students to never forget the oath they have taken and that they must try their best to inculcate that in their professional lives and to become role models for others coming in this noble profession.

Dr Chaudhry said CPSP offers postgraduate education in more than 64 specialties. He said we have 2500 supervisors to provide postgraduate education to MBBS doctors. He urged the graduating students to further go for specialization in the discipline of their choice so that healthcare needs could be addressed in the motherland.

Dr Muhammad Ameen, while addressing the convocation said the medical college started functioning in 1998 with a clear mandate to produce professional physicians for the 21st century. He said all members of the faculty contributed to a learner-based, student friendly but patient oriented curriculum within the framework of rigorous science but without sacrificing the highest standard ethical and humane practice.

‘After a decade of hard work, the present clinically integrated and relevant curriculum was introduced in 2008. The curriculum has been well received in relevant academic and policy-making circles,” Dr. Ameen remarked.

He was of the view that medics should be able to plan in advance for patient’s treatment. Physicians will have to expand their horizons in many directions and constantly reflect and reorient treatment approaches. Dr. Ameen also paid homage and tribute to a deceased student of the graduating class wajiha, who passed away in the middle of the class. He said Wajiha was morally upright and devoted to her avowed commitment to the care for the sick. 

Rear Admiral Ehsan Saeed also spoke on the event.