Message by the Provincial Minister for Health
Dr. Yasmeen Rashid Provincial Minister for Health, Government of Punjab, Pakistan.
Dear Faculty Members and the Students of Rawalpindi Medical University, I would like to extend my heartiest congratulations to you on successful completion of the first two years of the Rawalpindi Medical University, an institution really close to my heart of which I was also a former faculty member many years ago when it was the Rawalpindi Medical College. Health is an ever changing field where on one hand the healthcare systems and treatment modalities are evolving with each passing day and on the other hand, the challenges related to health and healthcare provision are also emerging to test the knowledge, dedication and the zeal of the healthcare providers to serve the ailing humanity. The current era calls for all associated with this great service of providing healthcare to the nation, to stay abreast with the current trends in the healthcare and the advancements in the field of health research. This is only possible if our healthcare professionals develop the habit of doing research and focus their attentions on the evidence-based treatment of the patients. I am pleased to see that the Rawalpindi Medical University has from the first day of its inception has recognised the importance of inculcating the research culture in its students and providing all possible facilities for conducting research to its faculty members as well students for involving them in the development of healthy research culture in Pakistan. The development work done at the RMU during the last 2 years is exceptional and clearly depicts the resolve of the Vice Chancellor RMU Prof. Dr. Muhammad Umar, to make this institution an example for others to follow. Our government is striving to promote health and education in the country and on behalf of the government, I assure our full support to the Rawalpindi Medical University in it quest for becoming the best. I wish the RMU, faculty members and the students all the best for a wonderful future.
The Rawalpindi Medical University Campuses
A Glimpse of Spring Season at RMU
Message by the Vice Chancellor RMU
Professor Muhammad Umar
MBBS, MCPS, FCPS (PAK), FACG (USA), FRCP (L),
FRCP (G), ASGE-M(USA), AGAF (USA)
Vice Chancellor, Rawalpindi Medical University
Professor of Medicine Rawalpindi Medical University
Chief Gastroenterology & Hepatology Division
Clinical Coordinator of Hepatitis Prevention and Control Program,
Holy Family Hospital Rawalpindi Pakistan
Ex-Governor, American College of Gastroenterology (ACG)
Chairman Asia Hep Pakistan
Past President Pakistan Society of Gastroenterology
Past President Pakistan Society of Hepatology
President Rawalians’ Research Forum
I feel humbled to present “The RMU Annual Report 2018-19”, a brief roundup of the busy year but productive that we had,full of curricular as well as extracurricular activities. The Rawalpindi Medical University embarked upon its journey towards excellence in the fields of Health Education, Research and Healthcare delivery in May 2017. The Rawalpindi Medical University has its humble beginning as the Rawalpindi Medical College, established about four decades back in 1974. The college proved itself as one of the leading medical colleges of Pakistan, later upgraded to the status of the University by the Government of Punjab in 2017. What lied ahead was an uphill task of development of future vision, accreditation from HEC, development of infrastructure, curriculum, teaching programs etc. and a lot more, but we took the challenge. Ever since then, we are striving to achieve our goals in a systematic manner in lines with our 15 years strategic vision, The RMU Vision 2033, which was based on our dream for a medical university, that may become a pride for Pakistan in near future as center of excellence in research and healthcare delivery. In our journey towards the realization of that dream, the RMU feels proud on the core essence of effective team work as well as leadership qualities found in its each and every member, which is perhaps the main strength by which the RMU is meeting its targets by leaps and bounds.
Campuses of Rawalpindi Medical University
College of Nursing Holy Family Hospital.
Allied Hospitals of The Rawalpindi Medical University
Punjab is the second largest province of Pakistan after Baluchistan, having an area of 205,344 km2. It is also the most populated province of the country with an estimated population of 101.4 million till 2015, which is around at least half of the population of Pakistan, if not more. It is also among the most literate provinces of Pakistan, with a literacy rate reaching 61% and 40% urbanization trend, stressing the importance of having quality educational institutions available to cater to the needs of ever-increasing population and the demand for quality education.
Rawalpindi Medical University was established as Rawalpindi Medical College in 1974 and is one of the most renowned medical colleges not only in Punjab but across the country as well, actively involved in not only the undergraduate teaching of MBBS students but also the training and clinical teaching of M.Phil, M.S, M.D, FCPS & MCPS post-graduate trainees in various disciplines. Apart from that, the college is also providing teaching facilities to nursing and Allied Health Sciences students who are at present enrolled with the University of Health Sciences, Lahore, by virtue of its large, well qualified & experienced faculty, and the attached hospitals for hands-on training of clinical sciences.
More than 12000 students have graduated from college to date. These include more than 600 foreign nationals from Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Egypt, Iraq, Iran, Jordan, Kuwait, Libya, Malaysia, Nepal, Palestine, Saudi Arabia, Sri Lanka, Sudan, Syria, Yemen, Somalia, Dutch and Indian Occupied Kashmir. There are about 1500 Rawalians working in the UK, USA, Australia, Canada, South Africa, Gulf, and Far Eastern countries.
The Students of Rawalpindi Medical College have not only been excellent academically but have also made us proud in extracurricular activities. We have a multitude of excellent athletes, debaters, poets, writers, and artists who have brought honor to the college by winning medals, colors, and trophies in their respective fields.
There are three tertiary care hospitals attached to the college for clinical training namely Holy Family Hospital, Benazir Bhutto Hospital & District Headquarters Hospital with the total bed’s strength of around 3000. The hospitals are helping to prepare professionals equipped to deliver the highest quality of health care services. Rawalpindi Medical College has produced some of the country’s best medical graduates who have earned a name around the globe, not only for themselves but for their alma mater as well.
The objective of the production of an annual report by the Vice-Chancellor is to not only to document and reflect upon the performance of the university and the management in the retrospect but also to establish a roadmap for the future of the university. The report will consist of a synopsis of development and progress work of the past years, along with the details of the activities of the university in three major areas including academic & research activities, infrastructure development, and campus activities.
With the core values of Wisdom, Truth and Service at its heart, the Rawalpindi Medical University, an aspiring Research Intensive University, with its progressive and innovative outlook, striving to be a modern multidisciplinary center of excellence for research and education to achieve excellence in patient care and health-equity will continue to offer quality yet accessible higher education not only in traditional fields of medicine but also in emerging and cutting-edge healthcare sciences and public health approaches, in order to meet the national needs. It will acquire and retain faculty, known for its commitment to the creation, innovation, and application of knowledge and will provide Evidence-Based Healthcare Services tailored to national needs, challenging educational and cultural environment for students selected purely on merit to acquire high professional competency, and to refine their ability to reason and to communicate freely and clearly so as to become responsible, morally equipped, moderate, and well-groomed citizens of a diverse world.