Background

Herat Faculty of Medicine is one of the 16 Faculties of Herat University. Initially, it was founded in 1990, under the authority of the Ministry of Public Health. In 1996, the management of Herat Faculty of Medicine was transferred to Herat University. The Faculty of Medicine is the third Faculty that was established in Herat University.

MrKhaleqyar, Afghanistan Prime Minister; Prof. Mohammad Anwar Shams, the minster of Higher Education; Dr Abdul Aziz Behbood, the Governor of Herat Province; Mr Ghulam AbubakRashed, the Chancellor of Herat University and Dr Mohammad Hassan Farid, the chief of Public Health Department were among those who paid a lot of effort to pave the way for the establishment of this faculty.

Herat Faculty of Medicine was officially inaugurated by Professor Mehr Mohammad Ejazi, the Minister of Public Health; Professor Sayed Alef Shah Ghazanfar, the professor of Kabul Institute of Medical Sciences; Governor of Herat and other high-ranking officials in spring of 1990. Dr Abdul GhafoorErsad was the first dean of Herat Faculty of Medicine. The Faculty started its curricular studies in Spring 1991, with 29 students.

Herat Faculty of Medicine was initially located in Herat institute of Medical Sciences for ten years, before it was located in the complex of Faculty of Education for three years. The faculty then relocated in one of the old military building in the heart of Herat City and continued its academic activities there for five years until 2009, after which it was located in Herat University new complex.

The study duration of the Faculty of Medicine lasts for seven years. The graduates are working as general practitioners in the health sector.

Administration

Herat Faculty of Medicine has passed many ups and downs during the last 28 years since its establishment. The following people have worked as the deans of Herat Faculty of Medicine.

  1. Dr Abdul GhafoorErsad
  2. Mulla Mohammad NaserAKhondzada
  3.  
  4. Dr Abdul GhafoorErsad
  5. Dr Ghulam Naghshband Aram
  6. Dr Abdul GhafoorErsad
  7. Dr Mohammad Jawid Jawad
  8. Dr Aziz-ur-Rahman Niazi
  9. Dr Khalil Ahmad Azar

In addition to the dean, Herat Faculty of Medicine has a deputy dean, an academic registrar and an executive manager who make the administrative body of the faculty.

Departments

Herat Faculty of Medicine started its activities with only one department: Department of Paraclinic. However, gradually up to 1995, the number of departments in the faculty grew to four: Department of Paraclinic, Department of Internal Medicine, Department of Surgery and Department of Pediatrics. In 2009, three more departments were established within the faculty: Department of Public Health and Infectious Diseases, Department of Anatomy and Department of Histopathology. Therefore, currently Herat Faculty of Medicine has seven following departments:

  1. Department of Paraclinic
  2. Department of Internal Medicine
  3. Department of Surgery
  4. Department of Pediatrics
  5. Department of Public Health and Infectious Diseases
  6. Department of Anatomy
  7. Department of Histopathology

Lecturers

Herat Faculty of Medicine currently has 51 lecturers, teaching various units as per newly-revised curriculum for Afghan faculty of medicines. Three more eligible individuals are going to be recruited soon. The faculty lecturers attain various educational background and academic ranks that follow. Of the 51 lecturers of the faculty, 11 (21.57%) are female and 40 (78.43%) are males. The lecturers of this faculty come from different provinces and Afghan ethnic groups.

Academic Degree

Number of Lecturers (mid 2016)

PhD

1

Master

23

Bachelor

26

 

Academic Rank

Number of Lecturers (mid 2016)

Poohand (Professor)

1

Poohanwal (Associate professor)

3

Poohandooy (Assistant professor)

6

Poohanmal (senior lecturer)

10

Poohanyar (senior tutor)

17

Poohyalay (Tutor)

14

Students

Initially, Herat Faculty of Medicine started its activities with 29 students, but currently, there are over 1050 students studying in this faculty, of which 529 (56.88%) are male and 401 (43.11%) are female. Students are enrolled in this faculty after attending the national tertiary education entrance exam (Kankoor), and those achieving the highest marks are allowed to enroll in Faculty of Medicine. The Faculty of Medicine consists students from all provinces and regions of Afghanistan. Those who come from provinces other than Herat, or come from districts of Herat Province away from the center of the city are placed in Herat University Central Dormitory.

The number of students in the faculty (male, female)2017

Class

Number of

 male

Number of female

Total

PCB

0

0

0

1st

115

95

210

2nd

90

51

141

3rd

96

72

168

4th

95

53

148

5th

79

81

160

Stage

54

49

103

total

529

401

930

Percent

56.88

43.11

100

 

 

Graduates

Herat Faculty of Medicine has celebrated its 18th graduation ceremony this year. Each year many young doctors graduate from this faculty. The following is the number of graduates as per each year through the history of this faculty

Year of Graduation

Male

Female

Total

1998

14

0

14

1999

37

0

37

2000

52

0

52

2001

47

0

47

2002

45

0

45

2003

60

0

60

2004

59

9

68

2005

49

9

58

2006

43

19

62

2007

49

13

62

2008

47

21

68

2009

47

16

63

2010

13

8

21

2011

30

7

37

2012

24

11

35

2013

24

16

40

2014

39

44

83

2015

54

41

95

2016

53

49

102

Total

786

263

1049

 

 

Library

Herat Faculty of Medicine has a library with only less than 7000 books and journals. the library consists books from various medical disciplines, many of these books are over 15 years old and needs revision. So far, no electronic library has been established in the faculty.

Information Technology

Herat Faculty of Medicine has over 25 computers, all of which have access to the internet. These computers are located in the IT center of the faculty and are for use of students and lecturers of the faculty for research and lecture preparation purposes.

Laboratories

Herat Faculty of Medicine currently has following laboratories which are used for student’s practical exercises and education.

  1. Physics Laboratory
  2. Anatomy laboratory
  3. Microbiology Laboratory
  4. Physiology Laboratory
  5. Pharmacology Laboratory
  6. Biochemistry Laboratory
  7. Histology Laboratory
  8. Pathology Laboratory
  9. Public Health Laboratory

Polyclinic

Herat Faculty of Medicine has a polyclinic building since 2010. This polyclinic is yet to be active and provide services for public.

The faculty also has a well-walled physical ground for the construction of academic hospital, teaching block and a well-equipped polyclinic in the North of Herat. The master plan for the construction of above is already prepared and endorsed by the Ministry of Higher Education and the construction is awaiting the presidential decree.

Scholarships

Many of the lectuers of Herat Faculty of Medicine have been offered study scholarships to pursue their tertiary studies abroad and to enhance their capacity building and education. The following scholarships have been offered so far.

Scholarship

Payment

Country

Field of study

Number

Status

PhD

Full

Australia

Infectious Diseases

1

Completed

PhD

Full

Germany

Public Health

1

Ongoing

PhD

Full

Turkey

Public Health

1

Ongoing

PhD

Full

Malaysia

Medical Imaging

1

Ongoing

Master

Full

Australia

Infectious Diseases

1

Completed

Master

Full

Germany

Public Health

1

Completed

Master

Full

Malaysia

Pharmacy

1

Ongoing

Master

Tuition-waiver

India

Dermatology

1

Completed

MD

Tuition-waiver

Pakistan

Medical Imaging

1

Ongoing

 

In addition to above scholarships, many short-term and medium-term fellowships have been offered to the lecturers of the faculty for the purpose of capacity building in various countries such as: India, Japan, Turkey, Germany, France, the United States of America, Indonesia, Thailand, South Korea and Italy. The aim of these fellowships were to strengthen ties between Herat Faculty of Medicine and other higher education institutions, provide the way for further capacity building and topresent and/or attend in seminars and workshops. All these fellowships were deemed successful by Afghan Government.

Professor Dr. Khalil Ahmad

Dean of Herat Medical faculty