On 6th July 2019, a graduation ceremony was held to commemorate the passing out of the first batch of trainees from the Certification Program in Emergency Medicine (CPEM). It marked the completion of one year of training and of CPEM’s first year. The first batch consisted of 27 (out of 32 originally enrolled) doctors representing six of Karachi’s largest emergency departments (EDs). These doctors completed the rigorous training and examination process in June 2019 under the supervision of local and international faculty.
Other guests in attendance at the ceremony included emergency medicine (EM) specialists and leadership of partnering institutions across Karachi. Guest speeches were given by EM Chair for Aga Khan University Hospital, Dr Asad Mian, who spoke on the importance of innovation in EM in resource-constrained settings and its transformative impact. The other guest speaker was the ED Director from the National Institute of Cardiovascular Diseases, Dr Munawar Khursheed, who talked about the impact training has on the quality of care provided in EM.
Dr Lubna Samad, a program director at the Indus Health Network and one of the individuals behind CPEM, detailed the program’s emergence and spoke about how this event “… was the end of training for the graduates, but the start of an acute care and emergency medicine momentum that is much needed across Pakistan.”
CPEM was supported by the Habib Bank Foundation and Harvard Medical School’s Center for Global Health Delivery, Dubai.
The next cycle of training has already started, and it is expected that these young graduates will have a positive impact on emergency care provision to the people of Karachi.