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Community Medicine

Introduction

The purpose of Community Oriented Medical Education (COME) is to take into consideration the priority health problems of the country in which it is imparted. Thus, the objective is to produce doctors who are able and willing to serve their communities and deal with endogenous health conditions at primary, secondary and tertiary levels of care.

Al-Aleem Medical College, affiliated with Gulab Devi teaching hospital has been envisioned as one such medical college with a very strong teaching and training component based on Community Based Learning (CBL).

The prominent history of Gulab Devi Chest and Tuberculosis Hospital in the provision of health care to marginalized sections of society since 1948, speaks for itself. The hospital has now evolved into a tertiary care state-of-the-art teaching hospital for Al-Aleem Medical College, Lahore.

The hospital has a filter clinic at Davis Road, Lahore, where patients get Primary Health Care and are referred to the hospital in case, they need secondary- or tertiary- level health care. Their cost incurred at the hospital is either zero or subsidized as the case may be.

With this impressive backdrop, the Department of Community Medicine at Al-Aleem Medical College is well-positioned to develop a comprehensive COME program for its undergraduate medical students.

Vision

To improve health and wellbeing of the community by focusing on promotive and preventive health care.

Mission

To design and implement Community Based Learning strategies as part of Community Oriented Medical Education (COME) pertaining to promotive and preventive health care for training of medical students.

Future Opportunities

Applying for accreditation with College of Physicians & Surgeons of Pakistan (CPSP) for post-graduate studies (FCPS) in Community Medicine.

Course Objective

At the end of the course in Community Medicine, the students should be able to:

  • Promote their health by adopting healthy lifestyles and health educate /counsel patients and communities for the same.
  • Demonstrate strategies for prevention and control of epidemic diseases and disease surveillance.
  • Demonstrate the ability to prevent injuries and provide emergency care such as First aid and Basic Life Support.
  • Outline environmental protective strategies
  • Display knowledge and skills to prevent and respond to disasters and calamities
  • Early diagnose the disease by the use of appropriate screening methods and provide rapid referrals.
  • Describe strategies to limit disabilities due to acute and chronic illnesses.
  • Demonstrate comprehensive knowledge about Rehabilitation and palliative care
  • Conceptualize the interlacing elements/factors which are essential to ensure continuous quality assurance of health services.
  • Demonstrate core concepts of Epidemiology, medical Research and Biostatistics.
  • Demonstrate comprehensive knowledge and skills to deliver primary health care.
  • Demonstrate detailed knowledge of nutrition and Food medicine.
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