Frontier medical college

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Frontier Medical College
Motto Excellence and Innovation
Established 1996
Type Private / Private-sector
Principal Abdul Jamil Khan
Location Abbottabad, Pakistan

Frontier Medical College (FMC) is one of several medical schools affiliated to Bahria University.[1] It is also one of only 32 medical colleges in Pakistan that is recognized by the Pakistan Medical and Dental Council (PDMC) and one of 16 in the private sector.[2] Located in Abbottabad of the Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa province in Pakistan, FMC has approximately 500 students in the MBBS and BDS programs. The College was founded in 1995 as the first private medical institute in Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa.[3]


Frontier Medical College and its teaching hospitals are self-financing institutions sponsored by Al-Jamil Trust. It was founded in 1995 on a space of land at the foothills of the Karakoram Highway leading from Islamabad to the Chinese border and on to the Central Asian States. In addition to medical students, nurses and paramedical are also trained. In 1998 a private-cum public partnership was arranged with the Government of NWFP so that the Government DHQ Teaching Hospital Mansehra may be utilized for teaching and training of the medical students.


The primary college complex is a four-story construction that spans over an area of 11,000 square feet. It has several departments, including lecture halls, laboratories, demonstration rooms, museums, seminar rooms, offices, a dissection hall, a library, a computer laboratory, and an auditorium. Another single-story complex spans over an area of 5,000 feet. The building houses the Community Medicine department as well as a Community Health Center. Additional space is available for the possibility of new departments or the expansion of older ones.[3]


The college contains two hospitals: the Shahina Jamil Trust Hospital and the Government DHQ Teaching Hospital at Mansehra. Both hospitals are used by the teaching departments. The more recent of the two, Shahina Jamil Trust Hospital is used to provide clinical training to the senior medical students. The Government DHQ Teaching Hospital at Mansehra is a general hospital that was obtained from the NWFP Government for teaching and training of the medical students of the institution. With the joint collaboration of the college and the Government of NWFP a new block was added to the hospital called the “Frontier Medical College Block.” [3]


Hostels are separated by gender. For female students who are not living with their parents, residing in a college hostel is mandatory. Each hostel is staffed with wardens, cooks, bearers, chowkidars and cleaners. Along with the aforementioned, female hostels have additional housekeepers, washer women, and special security guards.[3]


The medical education at FMC is a five-year curriculum leading to the MBBS degree, the equivalent of the basic M.D degree in the United States, Europe, and the Middle East. The curriculum covers basic and clinical medical sciences. Students learn in a small-class environment opposed to a large-class environment so that ideally they will have more interaction time with their professors. In conjunction with the curriculum, students are encouraged to engage in research to refine their skills as well as to gain the most from their education. Guest speakers such as medical personalities, scientists, literary persons and military officers are invited on a weekly basis to give lectures to expose students to fields of work in the medical profession. Medical camps are held regularly so that students may travel to rural areas within a 50-kilometer radius to gather information and offer guidance to the community. These medical camps provide an extensive amount of social-interaction which prepare students for clinical training.[3]


Frontier Medical College is sponsored by Al-Jamil Trust and administered by a Board of Governors that is composed of a wide variety of delegates such as Al-Jamil Trust representatives, public representatives, government officials, distinguished citizens, and leading members of the medical profession. Prof. Dr. Abdul Jamil Khan, the president of the PMDC as well as the principal of two other medical colleges (Bolan Medical College and Ayub Medical College) is the founding principal. Prof. Dr. Abdul Jamil Khan also has had many other positions of authority. Prof. Dr. Mujahid Akbar, a member of the PMDC and head of the Department of Anatomy holds the position of dean. Vice-deans include: Prof. Dr. M.A. Khaliq, Prof. Dr. Gul Mohammad, Prof. Dr. Afzal Haq Asif and Brig ® Prof. Dr. Muzaffar Khan.[3]


Applicants who pass the F. Sc (Pre-Medical) Examination or a foreign equivalent with marks of at least 60% are eligible for admission. Admission is not restricted to any gender, nationality or religious affiliation. An aptitude test to gauge knowledge in English, Biology, Chemistry, and Physics is administered to applicants who meet the academic requirement. Out of the group of applicants, only the top 120 are invited to an interview to further assess the candidate. Candidates are then selected on merit, based on their entry test marks, F.Sc marks, aptitude entry and interview marks.[3]


Frontier Medical College has formed a partnership with Xinjiang Medical University and the University of Calgary. Through the partnership, professors and students are exchanged and allowed to work together on research as well as learn with one another. The Xinjiang Medical University will provide a Chinese Traditional Medical Centre at Frontier Medical College, the first of its kind in Pakistan.[3]

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