ISLAMABAD: Shifa College of Medicine (SCM), affiliated with Bahria University, Islamabad, held its ninth convocation on Saturday at Bahria University Auditorium in which 85 MBBS students were conferred degrees and a brilliant student Dr. Amna Sohail were awarded with the ‘Ibn-e-Seena Gold Medal Award’ for showing outstanding performance in all years of her studies and being the best student of her batch.
Dr. Matiullah Kamran secured second position and third position went to Dr. Amna Ashraf. Besides, Ms. Ruth Cristina from Shifa College of Nursing (SCN) secured first position in nursing examination.
Chief Guest of the convocation Dr. Masoom Yasinzai, Vice Chancellor, Quaid-e-Azam University, Islamabad, conferred degrees upon students. Rector Bahria University, Islamabad Vice Admiral (Retd) Mohammad Haroon, Dean SCM and SCN Dr. Muhammad Ameen, Principal SCM Gen. (Retd) Dr. Muhammad Aslam, President & CEO Shifa International Hospital Dr. Manzoor H. Qazi, faculty members of SCM, graduating students and their parents attended the convocation.
Dr. Masoom Yasinzai, while addressing the convocation, congratulated the graduating students, faculty and management of SCM and SCN. He, on this occasion, announced to confer Dr. Masoom Yasinzai Gold Medal Award for outstanding performance in the field of Biochemistry in the years to come. This announcement was largely hailed by the audience.
Dr. Yasinzai 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.
“I’ve witnessed myself that Shifa, as a great institution, strives to instill in the students an appreciation of the meanings of service, a love of learning that will stay with them throughout their professional lives and sense of duty to their patients, their colleagues and the society at large,” the QAU VC said.
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.
According to Dr. Yasinzai healthcare in Pakistan has always been treated as a step child. He stressed on the need of stronger scientific and institutional capacity to address healthcare problems and to sustain health research capacity. He said SCM was one of the best institutions which was continuously striving for the promotion and betterment of healthcare education in Pakistan.
Vice Admiral Mohammad Haroon also congratulated the graduating students, award winners and their parents and teachers. He said doctors deal with the people suffering from varied diseases and emotional distresses and their relatives seeing their dears parting their ways. So, he added, learning at medical college is aimed at gaining clinical competence as well as such individual traits which are essential for healthcare professionals. He observed that SCM has established its repute and credibility as an outstanding medical college of the country in a very short span of time.
“We are proud to have this fine institute as affiliated college of Bahria University,” he said. Dr. Muhammad Ameen, while addressing the convocation, congratulated the qualifying doctors terming it an auspicious milestone in their lives. He said many people and particularly Bahria University, the dedicated and hardworking faculty of SCM and SCN, Shifa Educational Council and administration of SIH – SCM’ and SCN’s teaching hospital – have made it possible for organizing this convocation with pride.
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. “Hopefully, our students, during their stay at Shifa, have acquired the necessary professional attitudes, habits and intellectual tools to be adept at practicing medicine as a healing art to ease the diseases of ailing human beings,” he stated.