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Welcome to KemUnited! The official blog of King Edward Medical University, Lahore, Pakistan. (Formerly King Edward Medical College). Of the students, by the students and for the students! It focuses on news/events/happenings around the campus and provides guidance articles, past-papers and study-aids.

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

KemUnited YouTube Channel

KemUnited was established with the sole purpose of helping fellow Kemcolians and has now become a pioneer blog with regards to many aspects. From providing guidance for not only MBBS but also for Pre-Medical students, post-graduates, USMLE, AMC and Electives to compiling a very helpful collection of medical knowledge; various articles ranging from personal experiences to medical survival guides as well as past papers, viva questions, OSPE, OSCE , spotting banks, models and microscopic slides and other resource materials. This makes us the go-to place for all sorts of medical school information. It is without doubt the most popular medical/university blog/website in Pakistan. 16 million views and an ever increasing number of fans and followers on the social network; Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, YouTube etc, speaks for itself. We feel utmost pride when we say that we are the only medical university in Pakistan who have this kind of an online platform.

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Continuing our legacy to 'provide all the guidance in one place' and making the best possible use of technology we are now launching a YouTube Channel to facilitate the medical students further and meet the international standards of medical education. This initiative is taken keeping in mind the needs of our fellow students and we will try our best to cater them all. Special thanks to the faculty members and students who helped us in this project.

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How to access the videos :

A glimpse of the medical videos on KemUnited Channel:

Clinical Methods Demonstration Videos

ENT methods were considered to be the most difficult part of 4th Year/3rd Professional exams. Well not anymore ! All the methods have now been clearly demonstrated, step by step with important relevant viva questions, thanks to Dr Awais Samee, ENT Dept. Mayo Hospital, KEMU. 

The popular ENT methods demonstration videos by Prof Dr Mansur Baseer Pal 
have also been added to the playlist.

Gross Anatomy Spotting Demonstration Videos

Gross Anatomy Spotting ! Another dilemma faced by students of 1st/2nd Year appearing in 1st Professional Exams. These detailed demonstrations will surely be of great help.

Concepts in Embryology

Animated video lecture by Muhammad Mohsin Ali Dynamo to explain the seemingly mysterious concepts of Embryology.
Click here to go the videos

Lectures & OSCE

Important / High Yield Lectures & OSCE Videos

Instruments Demonstration Videos

And more medical videos in production !

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Your suggestions are highly appreciated. For feedback, to request a video or contribute one reach us at kemunited@gmail.com

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Blogger Profile: Ammar Anwar

Ammar Anwar from 1st Year MBBS has been an avid reader of KemUnited since his SSC days. He serves as a Writer and Junior Contributor at KemUnited which, for him, is like a dream come true. He has published 4 blogs on KemUnited so far and likes to write about his own experiences at KEMU and things that take his mind off of studies. He loves reading, watching movies and Superhero TV Shows. His favorite websites to surf besides KemUnited and Kellogs are, Cracked and The Verge. His favorite chill out spot at KEMU is Patiala Ground. If he were to be made the VC of KEMU, he would like to make Saturdays off, make a better cafeteria with a greater variety of food items and provide better facilities at the hostels. The goals that he wishes to achieve during his five year stay at KEMU are:

  •  Be a better person and a good doctor
  •  Focus on the "serving-the-humanity" angle of the profession
  •  Making his parents and family proud
  •  Making a lot of memories
  •  Enjoying every moment to the fullest


      The journey to King Edward, from a dream to reality.

      The first stage experience of a firstula.

      A guide to the must-watch shows to watch on a binge.

     A guide to the must-watch shows to watch on a binge.
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Monday, July 27, 2015

Between a rock and a hard place

THE Pakistani medical profession has been in the news for all the wrong reasons lately. Strikes, demonstrations and all kinds of wrongdoings on the part of the ‘healing profession’ seem to be the norm, if the media is to be believed.
But what do doctors themselves think about this?
In Pakistan, as elsewhere in the world, becoming a member of the ‘professions’ (medicine, law, etc) has traditionally (and in most cases, correctly) been considered a path to upward social mobility. In rural and semi-urban areas, where opportunities for employment are limited, sending one (or all) of their children to medical college is the dream of poor families. Even in relatively comfortable middle-class families, the medical profession has traditionally been viewed as a desirable vocation for studious children who perform well in school.

A young doctor after graduation is faced with a stark prospect: find the money to migrate abroad or face a lifetime of frustration in Pakistan.

As a result, there is massive competition for admission to medical colleges. In Punjab, more than 30,000 bright youngsters compete for admission to around 3,000 slots each year, an admission rate of around 10pc (as a comparison, the admission rate to American medical colleges is around 50pc).
Those who are admitted to medical college face a rigorous five-year curriculum with lectures, practical demonstrations, hands-on work and a huge (and ever expanding) body of knowledge to master.
After graduation and a one-year ‘house job’ in whichever hospital their medical college is attached to, newly minted doctors find that they are basically cast aside and left to fend for themselves. There are few job opportunities that pay enough to marry and raise a family and even fewer which would allow a young doctor to save money to educate themselves further. The lure of the West is a constant presence but Western countries have their own system of licensing and certification which can be a time-consuming, expensive process. In addition, most Pakistani doctors, especially from outside the bigger cities, lack basic English language skills and are thus poorly positioned to enter the medical profession in the English-speaking world.
In more advanced societies where educational and social research is the norm, there is at least some effort to link ‘higher’ (ie college or university) education to the existing job market. In the US, this guides efforts by educators to channel students into vocations which are expected to be in demand in the near to medium term. In addition, in most Western countries, ‘technical’ or ‘vocational’ education is better organised and does not carry the social stigma that it does in Pakistan. Jobs for electricians, plumbers, car mechanics, etc require specific technical skills but no college degree and pay a livable wage.
The only sector of Pakistani society that has benefited from the mania for ‘higher education’ is the education sector itself with private schools and colleges and recently private ‘universities’ sprouting like bamboos after the rain. Many of these institutions offer dubious curricula with minimally trained faculty churning out thousands of graduates with low-level skills that would have been better acquired in high school.
In the medical profession, the same model operates except that the minds being thus wasted after graduation are some of the best and the brightest in the nation. A young doctor after graduation is faced with a stark prospect: find the money to migrate abroad or face a lifetime of frustration with no opportunities to better his/her education or find stable employment.
There are solutions available but they require some political will and vision. Starting immediately, the government can incentivise doctors to serve in semi-urban and rural areas. They should be offered jobs at above the prevailing wage immediately after their house jobs and asked to serve in their chosen posts for at least three years. This model is very common in the US where fresh medical graduates can serve in federally designated ‘Health Professional Shortage Areas’ in exchange for the government paying off their (substantial) student loans. While they work, they receive the prevailing wage — in essence, being paid ‘double’ for this duty.
In Pakistan, those who complete their three-year service and pass their entrance exams into higher medical education should immediately be given paid positions in academic teaching hospitals for the duration of their training. This will require a couple of things. New public hospitals will need to be built. The last large public hospital in Lahore was built over 20 years ago. The city’s population has since expanded exponentially with no new public hospitals being built to accommodate this increase. In addition, the government must mandate that in order to maintain their accreditation, all hospitals attached to private medical colleges have to start offering paid, post-graduate training positions.
This would immediately open up huge new opportunities for recent medical graduates as well as start to provide much-needed, trained medical manpower for semi-urban and rural areas. While the government cannot mandate where a doctor sets up his practice, many of these doctors originally from smaller towns would choose to eventually return to their roots to be closer to families and to take advantage of the opportunities in smaller towns and cities where there is still a critical shortage of qualified doctors.
The way a society treats its educated citizens is indicative of its priorities. The ‘educated intelligentsia’ (also known as ‘civil society’) is the ideological leader of a society. Without its active support, no government can hope to last very long, let alone bring about any lasting change. This will not happen unless political leaders start paying attention to the grievances of doctors, lawyers, teachers and all those who form the core of civil society. Without a consensus on basic issues, we cannot move forward.
The writer is a psychiatrist and teaches at King Edward medical university in Lahore. He taught and practiced psychiatry in the US for 15 years.
Published in Dawn, July 27th, 2015
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Sunday, July 26, 2015


The Celebs of KE - Interviews

1. Behind the Curtains Session 6 - Dr. Attya Mubarik Ex Prof Anatomy
The commander of the biggest fan following in KE and the most popular Professor of Anatomy to date, Dr. Attya Mubarik SPEAKS HER HEART OUT (Literally!) 

2.Behind The Curtains Session 5 - Dr. M. Zahid Prof of Pharmacology
The Gold Medalist of Pharma quietly talks about his life over a cup of tea.

3.Behind the Curtains Session 4 - Dr. Rafea Tafweez Prof of Anatomy
The Ring Leader of the biggest Dept of KE, read here about her personal and professional journey.

4.Behind the Curtains Session 3 - Dr. Kamran Aziz Ex-Prof Biochemistry
The elegant former Biochem Genius has alot to say on the current and past affairs.

5.Behind the Curtains Session 2 - The Legendary Anwar Kala
Humble and blushing, Anwar Kala tells us the origin of "Daaksaab Chai Paani?!"

6.Behind the Curtains Session 1 - Pro VC & Prof Ophthalmology
As lovable as he appears to be, see how the shy Dr. Asad gives a bold interview.

Author of numerous published papers, Dr. Pal holds special interest in nasal and sinus surgery.Humble and soft hearted inside, he talks about himself and his profession.

Other Interviews

A detailed insight into his life, how Dr Asad becomes a huge name in Ophthalmology?!

Tweety Talks !
With his love for crisp and white eastern-wear, the very straight and median “maang”, the toothbrush-y mustache, and that ever green, ever kind smile, that’s Tweety aka Javed Iqbal uncle for you.

Interview with the Vice Chancellor Prof. Dr. Faisal Masud
 * Kemcol English Section Sneak Peek *

Magnate Meets Medicine--Uzair IkramThis is a success story , when we think of one, we expect it be the cliched but Uzair breaks that stereotype.

Gudoo Finger Chips Anarkali "Getting candid with the man behind it all."
How selling chips outside KE changes his life overnight?

Living Legends of KE

A Walk Back in History -
Dr. Akhtar Khan Ex. Principal
Prof Dr. Imran Akram Sahaf -
Legend of KE - Pride of Pakistan

Pride of KEMU: Illustrious Kemcolian Authors

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Lectures Slides : Surgery ; Lymphedema

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Lecture Slides: Paediatrics; Flaccid Paralysis

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Lectures Slides: Gynaecology ; Prolonged Labour

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Lecture Slides: medicine ; SLE

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Lecture Slides : Medicine; NAFLD

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Lecture Slides : Gynecology; Puerperal pyrexia

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