The University of Lahore’s commitment to the mission of excellence in teaching, research, scholarship, creativity, and engagement, is reaping monumental accomplishments one after the other. Its senior management team, under the patronage of Mr M.A. Raoof (Patron-in-Chief) and the smart leadership of Mr Awais Raoof (Chairman, BOG) is ready to provide the necessary resources to transform the UOL into a nationally and intentionally recognized University in the domains of quality teaching, research and community service.
One of the manifestations of the UOL’s commitment to excellence was realized in October 2019 when the Pakistan Medical and Dental Council (PM&DC) ranked the University College of Medicine and Dentistry (UCMD, UOL) in category A+ after scoring 91.45 percent in the recently concluded country-wide comprehensive inspection of 169 public and private Medical Colleges within Pakistan. Category A+ is allotted to Colleges that score above 80 percent over all. The 91 percent score put UCMD among the top five best Medical Colleges in Pakistan, as according to the sources from the regulatory body.
According to the Principal, UCM, Prof Dr Farrukh Iqbal, UCMD was comprehensively inspected on August 26, 2019 using international standards adopted in the National Accreditation Framework for Medical and Dental Colleges in PK that focused on several aspects including college management and finances, infrastructure, curriculum organization, quality of faculty and students, college facilities and safety, hospital facilities and safety, and hospital clinics.
“In preparation for this inspection, we constituted 10 committees aligned with the 10 benchmarks required by the regulator. The inspectors’ team consisted of members of varied specialties, like architecture, medical engineering, finance, medicine, basic sciences, civil engineering, curriculum development and medical lab technology,” he explained.
The inspection that led to the UCMD’s elevation was based on international standards with the aim to make Pakistani medical graduates competitive in the global job market. “The exercise was transparent. Students were randomly spoken to in isolation, the faculty were also interviewed, and hospital clinical and safety tours were conducted in an objective manner. The inspecting team was impressed by the facilities and the quality of teaching. All departments performed well but medical education was exceptional,” Prof Iqbal added.
Prof Iqbal attributes the success of the College to the grace of Allah, hard work and team spirit of the staff at UCMD, University of Lahore Teaching Hospital, and Alkhidmat Hospital, streamlined management, qualified and dedicated faculty, well selected students, and far-sighted University senior management team. “We adopted an internationally accepted system known as integrated modular curriculum (IMC) that requires first year students to be exposed to patients in the hospital. Previously, students would study basic sciences for two years and go to the hospital in their third year. The new system enables our students to gain hospital experience and confidence with patients at the early stages of their degree program. This has pushed us far,” he added.
Asked on the way forward, Prof Iqbal said: “UCMD is now becoming a competitive college in the country and beyond. We expect more students to seek admission. We continue to aspire to become an excellent healthcare provider globally.”
UCMD started in 2001 with 50 student seats, moved to 100 seats in 2011, and currently admits 150 students annually. The eighteen-year journey of the College has had outstanding contributions from Prof Ijaz Ahsan (former Dean), Prof Nazir Asi (former Principal) and Prof Shahid Mahmood Malik (Pro-Rector Health Sciences).