MDCAT 2022 date announced by Pakistan Medical Commission (PMC)
The Pakistan Medical Commission (PMC) on Saturday decided to open registration for the Medical and Dental Colleges Admission Test (MDCAT) from May 25 (which will continue till a date to be announced by the commission next week) and hold the exam from September 7 to September 30 in 20 cities across Pakistan and 11 other countries.
It also approved a policy for adding provincial MDCAT committees to be constituted in each province and territory by the relevant federal and provincial governments.
On the recommendation of the disciplinary committee, the PMC approved the closure of Mohammad Medical College Peshawar upon repeated cases of illegal admissions and for seeking donations from students. The students will be placed in other colleges.
The decision was taken during the meeting of the Medical and Dental Council with PMC President Dr Arshad Taqi in the chair.
The provincial committees will consist of three members nominated by the provincial government of which two shall be from the public sector medical universities and one from a private medical university.
The MDCAT committees shall review the curriculum and recommend to the National Medical and Dental Academic Board any changes in the curriculum or propose questions bank to be included in the MDCAT exam. The purpose is to involve all stakeholders to ensure transparency and ownership.
The council was briefed about MDCAT and National Licensing Exam (NLE) which are designed and executed through the PMC-owned system.
Based on two recent conferences, the dental colleges of Pakistan have submitted their recommendations related to lowering the MDCAT pass percentage for admission to the dental programme to the National Academic Board for consideration. The board has directed the National Medical Authority to collect data of the average MDCAT scores from provinces as well as from Jinnah Sindh Medical University (JSMU).
The board considered lowering the MDCAT pass marks for the BDS programme to 60pc subject to the analysis asked from the provinces. Moreover, the council suggested to the board to consider fixing the MDCAT pass percentage for BDS programme at 55pc.
PMC Vice President Ali Raza told that besides Pakistan MDCAT will also be held in 11 countries of Europe, America, Asia and Australia.
“In Asia, MDCAT will be held in Gulf countries, China and Malaysia. We are still in the consultation phase so in this regard advertisements will be floated by next week and students are suggested to wait for it,” he said.
According to a statement, the council has withdrawn the interim policy on sharing facilities between dental and medical colleges with the publication of the “2022 Dental College Accreditation Standards” as formulated by the board and approved by the council. “The interim policy having become redundant stands withdrawn with immediate effect,” it said.
Many colleges approached the authority proposing to schedule fixed dates for admissions in medical and dental colleges. The councilconsidered the proposal sent by Dr Razi Mohammad, president private colleges (Sindh chapter) suggesting admission dates. The council approved necessary amendments to the Medical and Dental Undergraduate Education (Admissions, Curriculum and Conduct) Regulations 2021 to allow for final date of admission.
All schedules of admissions would be on a fundamental principle that public admissions shall be before private admissions and medical admissions shall always be before BDS admissions. Based on this, the council has constituted a national scheduling committee. The committee shall submit the final schedule of admissions to the authority and the same shall be notified by the authority.
Faculty Positions on Visiting Basis Department of Allied Health Sciences, University of Sargodha Applications for the following positions are invited from Pakistani nationals for Academic Year 2022-2023 Teaching Faculty
Sr.# Positions No. of Posts Nature of Post Eligibility Criteria 1. Visiting Lecturer for Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) BS-AHS (Pathology Lab Sciences) BS-AHS (Radiology Lab Sciences) BS-AHS (Surgery / OT Lab Sciences) BS-AHS (Public Health Lab Sciences) 16
Visiting Faculty (Open merit; for Academic Year 2021-2022) (Annual System) Qualification: – DPT / MBBS / DMLS / BS (Hons) / BSc in relevant field M. Phil / MS in relevant field Or 02 Years Teaching / Research / Professional Experience in relevant field NOTE: General Information As per university policy, the institute/department reserves the right not to consider any application or fill any post without giving any reason. Candidates are required to submit complete C.V and attested copies of testimonials along with duly filled application form in the Department Office. Prescribed Job application form may be downloaded from University Website http://su.edu.pk/downloads. Applications complete in all respects should reach the Department Office on or before 01-04-2022. Only short-listed candidates will be called for interview/presentation. The interviews will be conducted in the Office of the In-charge, Department of Allied Health Sciences, SMC, UOS, Faisalabad Road, Sargodha, on 11.04.2022 (10:00 am). (No separate call letter will be issued) Incomplete or Applications received after due date will not be entertained. Candidates with relevant experience will be preferred. Seats can be increased or decreased according to the requirement of subjects. Applications should be address to In-charge, Department of Allied Health Sciences, SMC, UOS, Faisalabad Road, Sargodha. Online applications will not be accepted. No TA / DA will be given for interview.
Dr. Muhammad Mustafa Qamar In charge Department of Allied Health Sciences University of Sargodha, SMC, Sargodha Tel. No. 048-9232015 Email: email@example.com
Alert ! MBBS Saarc Scholarship for Pakistani Students (23 seats) in Government Medical Colleges of Bangladesh for session 2021-22 has been announced.
“CRITERIA FOR ADMISSION OF FORIEGN STUDENTS in the MBBS and BDS Courses.”
1). SSC not passed before 2018 2). HSSC not passed before 2020. 3). Minimum A+ grades in both f.sc and matric. 4). At least 90% Marks in biology.(most important criteria)
Duly filled-in application forms in TRIPLICATE along with following documents in each. The documents should reach the Bangladesh high commission, house no 1,street 5 , sector F-6/3 , Islamabad by 3rd, april 2022.. Documents required:
Copy of passport 4.passport size photographs
1). The selected students pay 10,000 takka only at the time of admission. 2). Accommodation is free. 3). At the time of professional examination, you will have to pay your exam fee which is always less than 10,000 takka.
*TT worth $70 in favour of ” Director Medical Education & HMPD, DGME , Mohakhali , Dhaka, Bangladesh ” A/C no.200024894 with Rupali Bank Ltd, Mohakhali Branch, Dhaka, Bangladesh. *Remember $70 is application fee not admission fee.
Appliaction sent through high commission will be entertained only.
EVALUATION OF STUDY GROUPS OF HAFIZ HELPER SERIES BY DPT STUDENTS OF UNIVERISTY OF SARGODHA
OBJECTIVE : the aim of the study was to evalute the performance of Hafiz Helper Series (HHS) WhatsaApp Study Groups.
METHOD: Online though Google Form
PROCEDURE: A self made questionnair was filled by the members of Whatspp study groups of DPT (University of Sargodha) students
RESULT: A survay was conducted through online the students of DPT from University of Sargodha (UOS). This was about the evaluation and feedback of Whatsapp Study Group of Hafiz Helper Series(HHS) . These groups are managed by HHS team. In this study 117 students were participated, 29.9% first year, 25.6 % second year, 22.2% third year, 12.8 % fourth year & 9.4% final year students. Satisfaction level about Study groups were 100%. A question was asked about how did you know about this platform? In which answers were through 52.1% friends, 26.5 % facebook,11.1% seniors, 8.5% instagram, youtubes and other sources.
CONCLUTION: Students were satisfied with the performance of Hafiz Helper Series team.
HAFIZ HELPER SERIES (A platform which is working for the welfare of medical students)
Medicine solved scenerio based questions (GASTROENTEROLOGY SYSTEM)
A 38-year-old barber presents to the emergency with hematemesis. On examination, he is pale with pulse rate 110/min and a BP of 90/60. a) What are the four most likely causes of his condition? b) Enumerate the four most important procedures in the management of this patient. c) Write down most important investigations in this case.
A 35-year-old person presents with history of persistent pain in upper abdomen for the past two months. There is no history of previous illness and he denies taking any medicines. His father died of a tumor in the abdomen in his mid-40. On examination, he is pale and has tenderness in the epigastrium. a) What are the differential diagnoses? Name atleast four conditions. b) Name atleast three specific investigations to confirm the diagnosis.
Gastro-esophageal Reflux Disease (GERD)
A 55-year-old male presents with two months history of retrosternal pain and reflux of food contents sometimes reaching to the pharynx whenever he bends forward during prayers. He also has night time attacks of cough and wheeze. The physical examination is unremarkable. a) What is the most likely diagnosis? What are three treatment options available which should be used initially? b) What lifestyle advice you will give?
A 44-year-old male, who is morbidly obese, presents with complaints of heart burn and indigestion. He also experiences water brash. An endoscopy is performed and a Hiatus Hernia is found. a) What are the two types of Hiatus Hernia? b) Write any four complications associated with Gastro-esophageal Reflux Disease? c) Enlist the treatment options.
A middle-aged lady has presented with severe burning sensation behind the sternum along with regurgitation and feeling of stickiness of food at the level of xiphisternum. On examination, she is an obese lady with normal physical examination. a) What is the likely diagnosis? b) Name atleast three specific tests to confirm the diagnosis. c) How will you manage the patient?
A 45-year-old female presents in an OPD with complaints of difficulty in swallowing for solids and liquids for the last 1 year. This is accompanied by nocturnal coughing and vomiting undigested food taken 2 to 3 days ago. a) What is the likely diagnosis? b) Name the investigations you may like to carry out in tis patient.
A 26-year-old female presents with a complaint of difficulty swallowing which has worsened gradually over time for last one year. She gives history of feeling as if food gets stuck in her mid-chest. She notices that swallowing difficulty is worse for liquids and by standing and moving around after eating. She has had a 15-pound weight loss and reports occasional regurgitation of undigested food after eating. a) What is your diagnosis? b) How will you confirm it? c) Give brief treatment options.
A 55-year-old heavy smoker presents with progressive dysphagia to solids and a significant weight loss over the last three months. On examination, he is pale and emaciated with no other detectable clinical abnormalities. a) Give two most likely possibilities of this clinical condition. b) Write down three most useful investigations for this case. c) Enumerate two most important steps in the management of this case.
A 75-year-old man is brought to you with progressive difficulty in swallowing especially solids. He gives history of chronic retrosternal pain, preceding dysphagia. On examination, the man looks emaciated and pale. a) Name three possible diagnoses. b) Name three investigations. c) What will be the long-term management? [Supple 2008 held in 2009]
Peptic Ulcer Disease
A 55-year-old male presents with two days history of burning in epigastrium with nausea and vomiting. He had passed a black tarry foul smelling stool this morning and is worried. He gives history of intake of some medication for his joint pain. The physical examination is unremarkable. a) What is the most likely diagnosis and what is the cause? Enumerate four other probable causative factors for such presentation. b) What can be the two differentials? c) What investigations are available for diagnosis of a bacterial infection causing these symptoms and what four drugs you will use for the treatment?
A 35-year-old male seen in emergency department with 2 days history of coffee colored vomiting & epigastric pain. There is history of NSAIDs for his chronic lower back pain. Patient is non-alcoholic. On examination, he is pale, epigastric tenderness, no hepatosplenomegaly. Upper GI endoscopy shows small duodenal ulcer on the posterior wall. Serology for H. pylori is positive. a) What other invasive/non-invasive tests to confirm that he is suffering from H. pylori infection? b) Write down a standard non-bismuth H. pylori eradication triple therapy prescription for this patient.
A 45-year-old obese male gave history of periodic epigastric pain radiating to the back particularly 2-4 hours after meals and occasionally at bed time. There was no history of smoking or use of NSAIDs. However, he is fond of eating junk food. On examination, there is no history of Diabetes Mellitus, Hypertension and Ischemic Heart Disease. His BP is 120/80 mm Hg, pulse is 80/min which is regular and there is no hepatomegaly. Lab investigations showed CBC 10×10^9/L, Hb 13.5 g/dL and platelets are 234×10^9/L. His liver function tests (LFTs) are: ALT 85 IU, AST 75 IU, ALP 140 IU. BUN and Serum Creatinine levels are normal. a) What is the most likely diagnosis? List two other possibilities. b) What further investigations are required to confirm the diagnosis and its etiology? c) Outline the management of your most likely diagnosis.
A 50-year-old obese woman is taking drug for painful osteoarthritis for last two years. For last one week, she was complaining of upper abdominal pain and vomited 28 blackish material on the day of admission. On examination, she was not looking pale, her pulse and blood pressure were normal. Her liver was normal and spleen was not enlarged. a) What is the most likely cause of hematemesis in this patient? b) Enumerate three investigations required in this patient. c) What is the drug treatment for duodenal ulcer?
A 40-year-old male with history of recurrent epigastric pain that occurs after meal presents in medical emergency with massive hematemesis. His blood pressure is 90/60 mm Hg. He has tachycardia and sweating. There is no history of chronic liver disease. a) What is the diagnosis? b) Give important steps of management.
A 50-year-old executive presented with history of episodic epigastric pain for the last many years with remission. His upper GI endoscopy shows an ulcerated lesion on the lesser curvature of the stomach. a) List three investigations to detect possible etiologic factor. b) How would you treat him? c) How would you like to follow up the patient?
A 70-year-old lady helping her grandson in green grocery shop attended medical outpatient department with complaints of nausea, abdominal distension and vomiting in which she had noticed food eaten 24 hours previously. On examination, she was dehydrated and succussion splash was elicited 4 hours after food intake. On investigations Hb 10 gm/dl, ESR 10 mm 1st hour, serum sodium 145 mEq/L, serum potassium 2.5 mEq/L, serum bicarbonate 32 mEq/L, serum chloride 90 mEq/L. a) What is the clinical diagnosis and associated biochemical abnormality? b) Give two investigations to confirm the diagnosis and help in management. c) Give an outline of management.
A 60-year-old woman presents in the emergency with massive hematemesis. She has history of pain in her knee joints for which she is seeing her orthopedic surgeon who has prescribed her some painkillers. She is pale and tender in her epigastrium. a) What is the likely diagnosis? b) What immediate treatment should be started?
A 28-year-old woman has chronic dyspepsia. There is no history of NASIDs intake. She has been treated with omeprazole which gave her temporary relief. On examination, there is mild pallor and epigastric tenderness. Blood culture examination revealed mild hypochromic microcytic anemia. Stool was positive for occult blood. Upper GI endoscopy showed an ulcer in the first part of duodenum. a) What do you think may be the cause of her ulcer? b) How will you confirm the diagnosis? c) How will you manage her?
A fourteen-year-old boy presented with iron deficiency anemia. During examination, you notice finger clubbing and a rash on the dorsum of elbows about which he reported to be intensely pruritic. He also looked slightly smaller as compared to his older siblings. a) Which tests will help you make a diagnosis? b) What is the treatment? c) What is the associated skin condition called?
A 19-year-old boy has a long history of weight loss, abdominal distension, bloating, recurrent anemia and diarrhea, calcium is low. A small bowel biopsy reveals blunting and flattening of villi. a) What is your diagnosis? b) What laboratory investigations you order? c) What are the long-term complications of the disease? d) What is the treatment plan?
A 1-year-old pale looking boy of small height presented with frequent bulky diarrhea for the last 10 years. There was no history of abdominal pain or fever. His hemoglobin was 8 g/dL with microcytic and macrocytic picture of RBCs. His serum vitamin D level was low. a) What is the most likely diagnosis? b) What is the cause of small height, anemia in this patient? c) Enumerate two blood tests for the diagnosis of this patient.
A 45-year-old male presents with complaints of chronic diarrhea for last 3 months. Stools are bulky, difficult to flush and don’t contain any bleed. There is history of 30 generalized bodyaches and difficulty to climb stairs and stand from sitting position. On examination, he is markedly pale with koilonychia present. a) What are the differential diagnoses? b) There is an itchy vesicular rash over extensor surface of elbows and legs. What is the reason for this rash in this patient?
A 45-year-old male presents with complaints of chronic diarrhea for last 3 months. Stools are bulky and difficult to flush but do not contain any blood. There is history of generalized bodyaches and difficulty to go upstairs and standing from sitting position. On examination, he is markedly pale and has koilonychia. What are your differential diagnoses? Give any four What is the cause of proximal muscle weakness in this case and how would you treat it?
A young person has presented with chronic diarrhea for the past three months. He passes three to six bulky motions without mucus or blood. He passes motions usually every time he eats or drinks. The food contents can be recognized in the stool sample. On examination, he is pale and has evidence of loss of muscle mass. There is itchy erythematous papulovesicular rash on the lower limb extremities. Abdomen distended with loud bowel sounds. Laboratory evaluation show Hb 10 gm/ dL, MCV 66 fL, MCH 55 pg/L, ferritin 5 ng/ml & albumin 3 gm/dl, stool examination is normal except for undigested food particles and start molecules. a) What is the most likely diagnosis & differential diagnoses? b) Outlie the steps to reach the diagnosis.
A 15-year-old unmarried female is on maintenance L-thyroxine 50 ugm 3 tablets daily. On follow-up, she complains of tiredness, easy fatigue, abdominal distension, loose stool 2-3 times/day since previous 5 months and normal menstrual periods. On examination, conjunctivae are little pale. Physical examination shows no other abnormality. Her Hb is 9 gm/dL. Blood film shows microcytic hypochromic RBCs, T4 and TSH normal, serum iron is low and total iron binding capacity is high. a) What two investigations are required to reach the diagnosis? b) What is the likely diagnosis? c) How will you treat this patient?
Inflammatory Bowel Disease
A 28-year-old female 6 months history of chronic diarrhea associated with lower abdominal crampy pain & fever. The stool contains mucus and blood. On examination, she is pale, mild tenderness all over the abdomen, no hepatosplenomegaly. Investigations: Hb 9.5 mg/dL, TLC 15000, Platelets 550, ESR 75, Serum Albumin 2.5 g/dL, LFTs: Total Bilirubin 1 mg/dL, AST 70 IU/L, ALT 65 IU/L, ALP 240 IU/L. Ultrasound Abdomen was normal. a) What is the most likely diagnosis? b) List the features of severe disease. c) Name various groups of pharmacological drugs used and outline the management of this illness.
A 35-year-old female presented with 3 months history of bloody diarrhea with lower abdominal crampy pain. She also gives history of fever, weight loss and occasional large joint pains. a) What is the most likely diagnosis? b) Enlist four other diseases causing chronic diarrhea. c) Outline the management of such patient.
A 30-year-old man presents with diarrhea for 5 days. Stools are mixed with fresh blood and mucus. Frequency of stools I 9-11/day with fever and abdominal distension. He says that he has similar episodes of diarrhea, although of less intensity in the last six months. On examination, he is pale, dehydrated and has toxic look. His BP is 110/70 mm Hg, pulse is 110/min and temperature is 102 F. His lab reports show Hb 7 g/dl, ESR 80 mm in 1st hour. WBC 14 x 10^9/L a) What is your diagnosis? b) How will you manage him?
A 24-year-old policeman presents with bloody diarrhea accompanied by colic for the last two months along with low grade fever and some weight loss. His clinical examination reveals clubbing, pallor and deep tenderness over the left lower abdomen. a) Give four most likely possibilities of this clinical condition. b) Enumerate four most important investigations for this gentleman. c) Write down the three most appropriate therapeutic options.
A 55-year-old man presented with history of diarrhea containing blood and abdominal pain for three months. He also reports low grade fever and weight loss. Examination revealed a temperature of 99 F and some abdominal tenderness. a) Enumerate four differential diagnoses. b) How will you investigate the case?
A 43-year-old woman presents to you with 27 days history of watery, bloody diarrhea mixed with mucus. Her diarrhea has not responded to previous medication of ciprofloxacin & metronidazole by her primary physician. She is weak and exhausted and is passing 10-12 stools during the day and night. She has severe tenesmus and has lost her appetite. Physical examination is unremarkable except left hypochondriac tenderness. Fever is 100 F. Her investigations show ESR: 62 mm, Hb 10.2 gm%, SGPT 58, Albumin 2.9 gm & sigmoidoscopic examination revealed inflamed friable mucosa. Biopsy examination showed crypt abscess formation. How would you manage this patient?
Irritable Bowel Syndrome
A 47-year-old female presents with recurrent abdominal pain and fullness associated with increased number of stools. Her pain improves after defecation and the symptoms worsen whenever she has some issues with her husband. a) What is the most likely diagnosis? b) What alarm features (any six) you must ask her before starting her treatment? c) Name any two medicines used to decrease her stool frequency.
A 23-year-old male of normal built presents with complaints of crampy abdominal pain relieved by defecation which is associated with loose stools along with mucus but not blood, 3 to 4 episodes per day. There is no history of fever, travelling or any restaurant food intake. He reported that similar episodes have occurred over past 6 months which last for 7 to 10 days and resolved spontaneously. There is no abdominal tenderness, mass or visceromegaly. Rest of systemic examination is normal. a) What is your diagnosis? b) What relevant investigations you can advise? c) Give four treatment options.
A 35-year-old woman comes with history of chronic diarrhea and lower abdominal discomfort which is relieved by defecation. Occasionally she had noticed some mucus but never blood in the stool. a) What is the most likely diagnosis? b) Name three most relevant investigations. c) How will you treat this case?
A 45-year-old male presents in medical OPD with high grade fever, abdominal cramps and loose stools containing blood for 2 days. He gave history of dysuria for which he has been on tablet Ciprofloxacin 500 mg twice a day for 12 weeks. On examination, he is markedly dehydrated, pale, toxic and febrile and has diffuse abdominal tenderness but no visceromegaly. a) What is your provisional diagnosis? b) How will you confirm diagnosis? c) Write down two treatment options.
A 52-year-old man is admitted for the workup of chronic recurrent diarrhea of about six months duration in addition to the watery diarrhea. He also has recurrent wheezing of the chest for which inhalers have been prescribed. He is noted to have a bluish red rash over the face and necklace area. He also complains of pain right hypochondrium on ultrasound examination. His liver is found to have multiple rounded space occupying lesions. a) What is the likely cause of his clinical features? b) What one investigation will help confirm? c) Give treatment.
A 32-year-old housewife complains of excessive dysphagia, pain epigastrium and intermittent vomiting for the past three years. She has been treated with antacids, H2 receptor blockers and various PPIs on many occasions with temporary relief. Her clinical examination is unrevealing except for deep tenderness in the epigastrium. a) Give three possible causes of her clinical condition. b) Enumerate three most important investigations to reach the diagnosis. c) Write down three most important steps in the management of this case.