2 Day Medical Mini Symposium and Seminar was held at Muhammad Medical College Mirpurkhas


Student led activity is an advanced form of Medical Education. Opportunities to enhance such activities are scarce in Pakistan. This devoids intelligent and able students of chance to grow and show their talents.

Muhammad Medical College is acutely aware of this problem. This is why it places due importance to initial and advanced medical education. Once the students are advanced enough, it allows them to take part in educational activities as teachers and researchers for their training.

As part of promoting students to grow into future doctors and medical educationists, MMC organizes several formal and informal activities every year. This year also, MMC organized a 2 day long Mini Symposium and Seminar in Gastroenterology and Hepatology.

On Wednesday the 3rd of July, the Annual Mini Symposium was held for the 7th Year in succession. The theme of these symposia has been “students –as-teachers”. Students were divided into groups of 4 students each, and were given tasks to educate fellow students and others, including their own teachers. Topics included a variety of important medical and surgical problems. Students were invited to talk about their topics to the audience, which included fellow senior medical students junior doctors and senior clinicians. With the help of multimedia presentations, one student of every group talked about the topics. This was followed by questions and answers and lively discussion among the presenters and participants. Students also presented their topics in the form of scientific posters and presented their topics to the other students and to a group of independent judges, comprising senior clinicians.

The next day, the 4th of July, Mirpurkhas Seminar in Gastroenterology and Hepatology was held. This is the 12th consecutive year that Muhammad Medical College & Hospital has been holding this seminar. Senior clinicians presented high quality updates on important topics of medicine, surgery, gynae and paeds which were related to Gastroenterology and Hepatology. Programme started with recitation from the Holy Quran by Vice Principal of the college Professor Dr. Shamsul Arfeen Khan. Professor Dr. Syed Zafar Abbas a gave an introduction of the programme to the audience. A large number of senior medical students, junior doctors, senior clinicians and teachers attended the seminar Professor Dr. Abdul Qadir Khan talked about Hepatitis virus B. He discussed the diagnosis and management issues of this condition with the help of various guidelines. Professor Hasan Memon educated the audience on constipation in children. He discussed different causes of constipation in children, their assessment and management. He emphasized on the role of diet in its cause and management. Professor Aijaz Memon threw light on recent advances in colorectal cancer. With reference to various guidelines, he updated the audience of current understanding and practice. Professor Amna Memon discussed various Gastroenterology related problems in pregnancy. She emphasized upon the importance of joint clinical care provided to those patients by obstetricians and gastroenterologists. Dr. Nand Lal Seerani from Liaquat University of Medical & Health Sciences talked about Hepatitis C. with the help of various Pakistani and international guidelines he gave awareness of various management issues. He interacted with medical students about various clinical scenarios. Professor Dr. Syed Zafar Abbas gave a talk on decompensated liver cirrhosis. He described the clinical features and management guidelines, and discussed the prognosis of various situations. Principal of Muhammad Medical College Professor Dr. Syed Razi Muhammad then thanked the speakers and audience. He said that the real excellence in the practice of medicine can only be achieved if the clinician is honest and has empathy. He emphasized on the importance of hard work and assured students that there is no replacement of hard work.

Late on various senior Professors distributed prizes to students and all the speakers were presented with shields and certificates.