Dow University of Health Sciences is a coeducational medical university and founded in 2003, in Karachi, Pakistan. It comprises already established school, Dow Medical College , as well as the newly formed Dow International Medical College, alongside the Ojha Institute of Chest Diseases. The merger was done at the request of the administrators, faculty, and alumni of the colleges and was granted a full university charter as the Dow University of Health Sciences. In 2003, Sindh Medical College was also a part of the Dow University of Health Sciences. It also shares the curriculum, faculty, and other certain resources with the other affiliated institutions of DUHS, such as DMC (Dow Medical College) and Dow International Medical College. Later in 2012, Sindh Medical College achieved university status and thus became third medical university in Karachi.
Development and facilities
DUHS currently has two medical colleges: the Dow Medical College (DMC) and Dow International Medical College, and one postgraduate medical institute. The DUHS Karachi Act was passed by the provincial assembly this year keeping in view the growth and development of Karachi and importance of postgraduate studies in health sciences. Dow Medical College remains the highest ranking public sector university of health sciences, attracting the best students from Karachi and interior Sindh.
At the Ojha Institute of Chest Diseases, there is a 250-bed hospital, research facility and a college (Dow International Medical College) is established. The Institute of Basic Sciences, the Institute of Postgraduate Studies, the Institute of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, and the Institute of Medical Technology will be set up on the Ojha campus.
Dow International Medical College is on a sprawling campus near Safoora Goth and is dedicated to giving students from all around the world the benefit of a medical education in Pakistan. The first batch was admitted in April 2007 while the second was admitted in November 2007. The campus is shared with the OJHA Campus (Karachi's medical research city). The faculty members of this new college DIMC have been appointed by the Dow University of Health Sciences as per requirements of PMDC.
Dow Institute of Medical Technology was established as a part of Dow University of Health Sciences in 2006. It is the first institute in Pakistan offering bachelors program in medical technology. It offers four-year Bachelor's programs in four disciplines: Clinical Pathology Technology, Surgical Technology, Respiratory and Critical Care Technology and Ophthalmology. Students in new disciplines including Radiology Technology, Echocardiography Technology and ECG Technology will be enrolled in the year 2011.
It is well established, but options for further studies are not present because medical technologists are not eligible in the programs and no one is interested to provide option for further education to the medical technologists
Patient's Welfare Association- Donation Appeal (Dow Medical College)
In the heart of Karachi lies Civil Hospital, the largest tertiary health care facility. The number of people approaching Civil Hospital daily runs in thousands. Most of these people belong to low socio-economic class, not capable of affording two decent meals a day, let alone bear the burden of basic medical facilities.
This dismal situation was realized by three students of Dow Medical College and their struggle for better health facilities for the poor patients of Civil Hospital, Karachi led to the foundation of Patients' Welfare Association (PWA) in 1979. The grim reality that the death of patients because of lack of money for treatment is an almost daily occurrence in a society that lacked the resources to provide them with the necessary health care, left their conscientious minds with no choice but to start this project.
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