Standard 12 - Research & Scholarship

Standard 12 - Research & Scholarship

Conforms to standards (12.1, 12.2, 12.3, 12.1s, 12.2s & 12.3s)

General:

Avicenna Medical College has emphasized on the element of research and considers it as a mandatory part of the curriculum. The guidelines given by the Higher Education Commission (HEC) and the Pakistan Medical & Dental Council (PM&DC) in its curriculum guide specify the importance of research in the field of Medical Education. Clause VI on Page 19 outlines the importance of creativity and research oriented attitude beside other traits that need to be incorporated in an undergraduate and reads as follows:

 

VI - Researcher:

Medical and dental graduates are expected to demonstrate constructive criticism, a spirit of enquiry, creativity and a research oriented attitude. They graduates should be able to:

  1. Identify a researchable problem and critically review literature;
  2. Phrase succinct research questions and formulate hypotheses;
  3. Identify the appropriate research design(s) in Epidemiology and analytical tests in Biostatistics to answer the research question;
  4. Collect, analyze and evaluate data, and present results where possible;
  5. Demonstrate ethics in conducting research and in ownership of intellectual property.

 

As specified in the guidelines for community medicine course content para 4 on page 89, students at Avicenna Medical College are provided training in research methodology and given the opportunity to do research as a part of the curriculum. This research is included in assessment as well.

 

Avicenna Medical College has set aside funds for the purpose of research for the faculty as well as the students. The faculty is encouraged in overseas conferences, symposiums and study assignments. Salient features reflected in the budget are:

  1. Rs. 10,000 per student who engages in research work.
  2. Rs. 25,000 for any member of the faculty who may require financial assistance for research.
  3. USD 25,000 (or equivalent) for any member of the faculty who engages in PhD research at the international forum.

 

  1. Research at Avicenna Medical College is controlled by an Institutional Research Committee which works as a board and is headed by the Principal. The prime responsibility of IRC is to overlook the requirements of proper scientific conduct of research study through potential ethical problems with proposals being reviewed can be raised by the members in the meeting of IRC in their reports.

 

Terms of Appointment or Institutional Research Committee:

  • The Principal of Avicenna Medical College proposes members from the faculty to serve on the Research Committee and Academic Council approves it.
  • The duration of appointment is at discretion of Principal.
  • Re-appointment of members maybe for as many terms as deemed by the Principal.
  • A member can be replaced in case of resignation or on leaving the college faculty.
  • Disqualification of any member is communicated in writing by the Chairperson (Principal).
  • Membership of the Research Committee is a position of responsibility and not a paid position.

 

Current Research Committee:

 

Chairperson

Scientific Research Committee

Ethical Research Committee

Prof. Rana Akhtar CM

Prof. Luqman Medicine

Prof. Mehmood Alam General Surgery

Prof. Faisal Nazeer Hussain (Secretary)

Prof. Khalid Mehmood Eye

Prof. Rehana Shahid Community Med

Dr. Usman Amin (Secretary)

Lawyer & Religious Scholar 

Mr. Imran Shahid (Biostatistician)

 

 

The Executive Committee on the recommendation of the Principal who is the head of the Institutional Research Committee has sanctioned the formation of Scientific Review Committee who is to study each research from the scientific, technical and ethical aspects and ensure that no conflict of interest has taken place.

 

The Scientific Review Committee is organized as follows and consists of the Principal who is the Chairperson and Professors from 2 other departments

 

The terms of reference of Scientific Review Committee & scholarship Guideline are attached Separately

 

  1. The Institutional Research Committee shall ensure the following:
    1. All work must be made public
    2. The work must be available for peer review and critique according to the accepted standards as outlined by the HEC and PM&DC for research work
    3. The work must be able to be reproduced and built-on by other scholars. These could include any of the following:
  1. Original papers
  2. Systematic reviews
  3. Scoping review
  4. Meta-analysis
  5. Literature review
  6. Conceptual and innovative papers
  7. Publications of short communications
  8. Publications involving teaching innovations
  9. Online curriculum documents
  10. Presentation of teaching materials for peer review

 

Research Parameters

Research activity is not limited to Avicenna Medical College alone but can be undertaken elsewhere in any scientific field. And these would involve multi-disciplinary research beyond health sciences. However, it must seek national bioethical committee approval if required.

 

Research Curriculum at Avicenna Medical College:

Avicenna Medical College instruction in research methodology for the under-graduates. The HEC and PM&DC guidelines indicate research methodology being taught in the Community Medicine Department. The Head of Community Medicine Department in an integral part of the Institutional Research Committee.

 

The students in the 4th Year are divided in to batches of 4 or 5 students and assigned research responsibilities in the field of medical sciences. The students are given full support and are encouraged to prepare an innovative research which is made a part of the assessment of the MBBS curriculum. These research works besides being assessed during the year are also placed before the internal and external examiners in the annual prof exam of the subject of community medicine. Typical research work done in 2016-2017, 2017-2018 and 2018-2019 are attached as Annex-B research work done by the students are archived for record purposes and the research done by the Faculty is attached as Annex-C.

 

The Research Cell

The importance to research work cannot be over-emphasized. Research work operates under the Chairpersonship of the Principal and the HOD of Community Medicine and Department of Medicine are its members. This cell has the powers to take quick decisions that can speed up the research work including making availability of the funds required for the research. The research cell works with open doors and any student or faculty member desirous of doing research work can approach the research cell which is responsible to provide adequate support staff and guidance to faculty and students involved in research work.

 

Continuity of Research:

  1. Avicenna Medical College not only encourages the student in acquiring the research methodology skills but also provides financial, material and equipment support to the members of its faculty. This support helps the faculty in a big way to achieve the criteria of research that is vital for their promotion up the ladder from senior registrar to the post of a professor.
  2. The college has held seminars, symposiums and workshops on research. These have been widely attended by the college faculty and such activities have been open to the faculty from the other colleges as well.
  3. Principal shall be head of SRC/ERC till further orders.
  4. Liaison: 

SRC/ERC will liaise with National Bio Ethic Committee and PMDC regulations.

18.1. All research conducted beyond the confines of the institutions may be referred to NBC in the prescribed manner after permission is granted by SRC/ERC-AVMC

  1. Present ERC will continue to work in its revised signed form as notified earlier.
  2.  The following will be research tutor for _________ investigations.
  3. Prof. Gulfreen Waheed – Gynae
  4. Prof. Khalid Mehmood – Eye
  5. Prof. Fawad Nazar Hussian – Orthopedic
  6. Dr. Usman Aamin – Medicine
  7. Associate Prof. Dr. Maqbool – Community Medicine.