Department of Basic Health Sciences:
Deals with the basic departments of medical college, including Anatomy, Biochemistry, Physiology, Pathology, community medicine and forensic Medicine.
Department of Clinical Health Sciences:
Deals with clinical clerkships of Medicine, Surgery, Pediatrics, Obstetrics and Gynecology, Otolaryngology and Ophthalmology. In addition allied specialty exposure is ensured in the areas of Orthopedics, Nephrology, Anesthesia, Cardiology, Neurology, Psychiatry, Neurosurgery, Dermatology, Clinical Skills & Medical Informatics, Radiology and Family Medicine.
The comprehensive details of each department are as under:
Department of Medical Education :
Department of Medical Education deals with curricular activities like syllabi, tests, examinations, results and time tables, seminars, workshops and symposia etc. It monitors the progress of each and every student and keeps regular liaison with parents on academic performance of their wards.
In line with the prescription of PM&DC, as well as the demand of offering quality education & training, a Department of Health Professions Education (DHPE) has been established at SAHARA Medical College, Narowal. Its programs and activities are streamlined and supervised by a team of faculty members experienced in activities of medical education.
Mechanics of HPE
Department of Health Professions Education :
The Department of Health Professions Education works under the patronage of the Principal. The Hierarchy map summarizes the working of the DHPE in the realm of student learning. Briefly the spheres of influence of this Department are as follows:
Teaching and Learning
Sahara takes pride in its curriculum (See Curriculum Map) which can compete with the best in the region and has been praised internationally. Though it is based on competency framework, it is tailor made; customized for our local & national needs.
The Anatomy Department has a fully equipped, well ventilated and spacious Dissection Hall with mortuary plants for storage of cadavers. The histology laboratory is unmatched and equipped with latest tools for microscopic tissue preparation and high quality binocular microscopes for self-study including stereo- microscope and CC-TV attached with microscope. The Department also has state-of-the-art Anatomy Museum with over 100 important models of the human body. Models range from various human development stages to life-size human torsos, disc torsos, skeletons, enhanced models of organs of special senses and functional models of various organs and systems of the body.
Department of Biochemistry:
Department of Biochemistry like other departments has been established on the basis of the fundamental requirements of Pakistan Medical and Dental Council. It has a well-equipped laboratory being managed by qualified and experienced technical staff. Biochemistry laboratory is equipped with all essential lab equipment to perform experiments. The equipment includes centrifuges, controlled temperature water bath, spectrophotometers, hot air oven, magnetic stirrers, digital balance, electric water distillation apparatus and microscopes etc.
Physiology department has a well-organized and state of the art laboratory with latest high quality equipment. The department is maintained by experienced, qualified teaching and technical staff under the supervision of the professor and head of department.
Department of Behavioral Science
This department of Behavioral Sciences has been established in the light of the instructions of University of Health Sciences and Pakistan Medical and Dental Council. The department, headed by an experienced Psychiatrist, consists of Psychometric Testing Centre and a Research Centre.
Department of Pharmacology:
Department of Pharmacology in SAHARA Medical College is recognized for highly skilled teaching. It is well equipped with laboratory and museum. The laboratory contains high tech equipment which is used to observe the effects of different drugs on different organs in animals (Experimental Pharmacology). It forms the basis of research for students and prepares them to treat different diseases by using drugs. There is a museum (containing old herbs to modern medicines) and a lecture theater for conducting lectures and tutorials.
SMC is highly suitable to impart undergraduate medical training in Pathology as it has a fully developed infrastructure along with FCPS qualified consultant pathologists in all the subspecialties to impart necessary training. The department includes Chemical Pathology, Endocrinology, Hematology, Blood Bank, Histopathology, Cytology, and Microbiology & Immunology along with Clinical Pathology Sections. Human resource includes five consultant Pathologists supported by a highly trained and committed lab team. The Lab is managed through custom made Lab Info System (LIS) and has automation and induction of sophisticated technologies and equipment. Establishment of a pathology museum in the college is a new addition which contains a large number of specimens. The museum has been established under the direct guidance and supervision of the head of department, who is a renowned personality in the field of Pathology. “SAHARA diagnostic Services” had already been launched in October, 2009 with the aim to generate revenue to support the healthcare project of “Sughra Shafi Medical Complex-Narowal” for the rural population of the country through the provision of quality diagnostic facilities at the compatible market rates. SAHARA Diagnostic Laboratory is state of the art, highly automated equipment, fully computerized and professionally run facility. Currently, more than 50 collection centers have been established in various cities of Pakistan.
Department of forensic medicine and toxicology:
The department of forensic medicine and toxicology is working with the aim of equipping the medical students with the essential knowledge of crime scene investigation. To meet the upcoming challenges advance technology and new techniques are also introduced to the students. Department comprises of museum containing models, dura prints, X-Rays of medico-legal nature and specimen of poisons, weapons and instruments. The department has well-furnished and well equipped analytical laboratories dealing with teaching and training in Forensic toxicology, Forensic serology, forensic anatomy and forensic radiology sections.
This department imparts Community- Oriented Medical Education (COME) and Community- Based Medical Education which enables the Medical students to appreciate Disease not just in an individual patient but to also have a holistic approach regarding the spectrum of disease in the whole of community. This renders the doctor even more useful to the society as then he may not treat only one individual but prevents hundreds and thousands from the same disease. The Department Museum is well equipped with required models/specimens and equipment for practical demonstrations and tutorials. Field visits of places of Public health importance, Household surveys and research work is being arranged regularly.
SMC has an elaborate surgical set up with a blend of diversified super and sub-specialties including: General surgery, Traumatology, Urology, Neurosurgery, Paediatric Surgery, Orthopedic Surgery, Thoracic Surgery, Plastic Surgery and Hand & Upper Limb Surgery Centre.
Department of Medicine:
Department of Medicine is the major department of Sughra Shafi Medical Complex-Narowal. It is highly specialized department and is the hub of clinical and educational activities. All the major sub-specialties are well established and are providing state of art care to their patients. There are three general medical units headed by very experienced specialists. In addition, there is well equipped 15 Bedded medical intensive care unit.
Department of Gastroenterology and Hepatology:
Department of Gastroenterology and Hepatology is headed by FCPS specialist who is a renowned Gastroenterologist and Hepatologist in Narowal. He has special interest in Peptic ulcer, Hepatitis B and C, Cirrhosis / portal hypertension, and Inflammatory Bowel disease. He performs diagnostic and therapeutic GI Endoscopic procedures including therapeutic ERCP.
Gynaecology/Obstetrics department is well established, fully equipped and is comparable with Gynaecology / Obstetrics department of any modern hospital.
Ophthalmology department of SMC is well equipped with all necessary eye equipment like Phacoemulsification Machine, Argon Laser, Foundus Fluorescein Angiography Camera, Digital Slit Lamp and Vatrectomy Machine. The Eye department is well equipped with a major eye OT, one minor OT, Laser room, Diagnostic room with Biometer and B Scan Facility. This department also serves as a tertiary care referral center for the surrounding hospitals.
Pediatrics department presently consists of four outpatient clinics, a vaccination center, a neonatal ICU, General wards, diarrhea ward, isolation ward and an acute care ward with central oxygen supply. It’s out Patient Department works six days a week, and has a proper vaccination center. Separate days for growth monitoring, vaccination and wellbeing clinic are allocated in addition to daily routine outdoor treatment. 25 beds highly equipped neonatal intensive care unit. 10 beds children intensive care unit. 65 beds Children ward with separate bays for diarrhea, and isolation cases.
Department of Anaesthesia:
The department of Anaesthesia, Intensive Care and Pain Management consists of a main operation theatre complex Gynaecology and Obstetrics OT, and a main ICU. It comprises of five operation rooms to provide facilities to perform General Surgery, Orthopedic Surgery, Paediatric Surgery, Neurosurgery, Vascular Surgery, Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, Thoracic Surgery, ENT Surgery Gynae & Obst Surgery. Each operation room is equipped with modern anaesthesia work station and monitoring device. A Central Sterile Supply Department is an integral part of the main operation theatre complex.
Radiology department SAHARA Medical College, Narowal has modern imaging facilities. It is equipped with state of the art 64 slice CT scan, Digital Radiography, Ultrasound and X-Ray machines. Working in the areas of conventional as well as interventional radiology it is going hand with the dynamic demands of the specialized patient care and the super-specialties currently functional in this hospital. CT Scanning, Mammography, Fluoroscopic Imaging, Color Doppler Scanning and Sonological workup performed in Radiology department is up to mark by any standard.
The department includes Chemical Pathology, Endocrinology, Hematology, Blood Bank, Histopathology, Cytology, and Microbiology & Immunology along with Clinical Pathology Sections. Human resource includes five consultant Pathologists supported by a highly trained and committed lab team. The Lab is managed through custom made Lab Info System (LIS) and has automation and induction of sophisticated technologies and equipment in various disciplines. Establishment of a pathology museum in the college is a new addition which contains a large number of specimens. The museum has been established under the direct guidance and supervision of the head of department.
Department of Dermatology:
The department of Dermatology is a state-of-the-art department headed by an expert and experienced dermatologist, Dr. Sundas Fraz. It consists of an outpatient department and 12 beds ward. Presently there are one dermatologist and many trained para medical staff. The department provides services of Cryotherapy, Electro Surgery, Chemical Peeling, IPL, laser and photo therapy units. Diagnostic histopathology is done in collaboration with histopathology department of SAHARA Medical College, Narowal.
Rehabilitation Medicine is a newly introduced specialty and the older physiotherapy departments have been replaced by more scientific rehabilitation medicine department. In addition to physiotherapy other tools of rehabilitation medicine include occupational therapy, psychological rehabilitation, cardiac rehabilitation and provision of prosthesis. Rehabilitation Medicine Department at SMC is a rapidly expanding department. It provides consultation services by a person who is well trained in the subject. Latest electro medical equipment is available in the department. Equipment includes deep heating modalities like short wave and ultra sound therapy, Diathermy Electrotherapy unit, Digital traction units and therapeutic exercise machines. Prosthetic facilities are available in collaboration with rehabilitation medicine department Mayo Hospital Lahore. Psychology rehabilitation services are provided in collaboration with psychiatry department.
The first contact that a prospective student makes with the college for admission is through the Department of Students Affairs. That is the beginning of a lasting and caring relationship, which extends even after the graduation of the student from the college. This office functions as a friend, guide and counselor to students. The office provides and coordinates a variety of services including admission, counseling, and extra-curricular activities, accommodation, and student records including students’ electives, graduation protocols, alumni affairs and other aspects of the student life on campus not covered within the formal courses of instruction. The office also serves as a liaison between the college and parents. Student progress reports are regularly mailed to parents at the conclusion of each Block assessment and summative assessment/annual examination. Students’ attendance, behavior and discipline issues, which the college alone cannot ensure; where violations are observed; parents are usually brought into the picture.
All class rooms are equipped the on-line internet access, digital interactive smart boards, over-head projectors and multimedia projection. Air-conditioning provides necessary comfort to make the environment conducive to attentive learning. All classroom are modifiable (in a few minutes) from large class format to small group learning format OR vice versa. In addition to classrooms, there are multi-disciplinary laboratories; Clinical Skills Lab; five SGD/PBL/Tutorial rooms in college and five SGD/PBL/Tutorial rooms in Sughra Shafi Medical Complex- a teaching hospital of Sahara.
The Anatomy Department has a spacious dissection hall and there are well stocked museums for Anatomy, Pathology, Community Medicine and Forensic Medicine.
The Health Professional Education has following sections: 1) Curriculum Development, delivery & Implementation section; 2) Assessment cell; 3) Evaluation & Quality Assurance cell; 4) Clinical Skills Training & Monitoring cell; 5) Educational research. Multi-disciplinary Research and PCR laboratories have been established to promote research, local evidence generation; and to facilitate bench to beside translational research.
The Research committee of SAHARA Medical College, Narowal, has been constituted since its inception to promote research in basic biomedical sciences as well as clinical sciences. The well-established multidisciplinary laboratory; PCR laboratory and high tech diagnostic facilities of SSMC would facilitate our faculty & students to harbor the diverse research projects.
The “SAHARA Clinical Skills Laboratory” is designed for teaching and assessing learners at all levels of undergraduate and postgraduate curriculum. It provides the faculty members, medical students and nursing students with the skills to facilitate and enhance learning with the help of cutting edge technology tools, manikins, models and simulations. These practical skills are essential and the learners are required to display these in encounters with patients and mastered by only physician. It provides learners with the idea setting to practice the clinical and procedural skills, history taking, physical examination, communication and interpersonal skills. These simulated patient encounters transition students from the classroom to real patient contact in safe environment.
Among regular sessions, BLS courses are also conducted in this Laboratory. All the active learning experiences in the clinical skills lab and the enhancement of the scientific principles in the technical skills prepare the student for real life situation and the ability to engage in self-directed learning activities.