Introduction of Medicine Faculty

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. MullaRoohani
  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.

 

 

Operational Objectives

 

  1. Providing experience and profession for students in stage theoretical and practical courses of hospitals.
  2. Educating academic board in different treatment fields.
  3. Providing professional seminars to make a better communication between social practical and theoretical affairs for developing instructors and students’ knowledge on health care services and professional research methods as well.
  4. Developing academic capacity buildings for faculties via long and short term exchange programs and training seminars like teaching methodology.
  5. Implementing predicted curriculums according to the national and international factors

Types of Implemented Acts

 

  1. Implementing lesson plans regularly
  2. Providing scientific educational programs for diagnose and treatment illnesses
  3. Scientific medicine seminars and conferences
  4. Providing instructors’ capacity building programs
  5. Providing student’s so called capacity building programs
  6. Providing extensive language and computer courses
  7. Writing articles and scientific tasks via instructors

Building and Facilities

 

This faculty still does not possess a specific building for teaching and since 1992 to 2008 provided courses in governmental buildings related to public health directorate, next teacher training centers and then in military commissioner buildings and recently it is held in Herat University complex.

This faculty is equipped with equipped classes, chairs, projectors, podiums, closets and other required facilities and it also has equipped library with chairs and tables with more than eight thousands of books in different fields.

Academic and Scientific Section

Academic and Scientific tasks for this faculty is on the publishing scientific and researches articles for treatment medicine in which there are 75 published researches.

Developing Curriculums in Faculty

 

  • Participation in symposiums in which make national standard curriculums for medicine faculty
  • Provision of books for each new and recent units considering new topics
  • Provision of committee in faculty framework to update curriculums based on requirements

 Capacity Building

 Number of professors who were sent for Master and Doctorate degrees  

 

Faculty

Year

Female

Male

Result

Type Of Bursarial

Medicine treatment

1385

/

2

2

Master Degree

1386

/

2

2

Master Degree

1388

/

1

1

Doctorate

1389

/

1

1

Master Degree

1391

/

3

3

Master Degree

1392

/

2

2

Master Degree

 

1392

/

1

1

Doctorate

1393

/

/

/

 

Result

/

12

12

 

             

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Number of the instructors who were employed         

Faculty

Year

Female

Male

Result

Signature

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Treatment medicine

1380

/

/

/

 

1381

/

/

/

 

1382

/

1

1

 

1383

/

/

/

 

1384

1

4

5

 

1385

/

3

3

 

1386

/

/

/

 

1387

/

/

/

 

1388

/

/

/

 

1389

/

/

/

 

1390

1

2

3

 

1391

1

2

3

 

1392

4

2

6

 

1393

3

/

3

 

1394

1

2

3

 

Result

11

16

27

 

 

Number of the instructors who were promoted

 

New Candidates

Pohyalai

Teaching Assistant

Senior Teaching Assistant

Assistant Professor

Associate Professor

Professor

Result

4

10

16

10

5

3

1

49

 

Number of the teachers who had oversea trips for short term programs participation

 

Faculty

Female

Male

Result

Treatment Medicine

1

22

23

Result

 

1

22

23

 

Number of the registered students during 16 years

 

No

Faculty

Department

Year

Female

Male

Result

1

Medicine

Treatment

1380

-

45

45

2

1381

21

45

66

3

1382

27

52

79

4

1383

14

25

39

5

1384

7

31

38

6

1385

14

38

52

7

1386

23

37

60

8

1387

59

59

118

9

1388

69

102

171

10

1389

47

95

142

11

1390

54

117

171

12

1391

125

99

224

13

1392

79

81

160

 

1393

80

107

187

 

1394

61

89

150

 

1395

80

82

162

Result

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Number of Medicine Faculty graduates during 18 Years

 

No

Faculty

Department

Year

Male

Female

Result

1

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Medicine

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Treatment

1377

14

0

 

2

1378

37

0

 

3

1379

52

0

 

4

1380

47

0

 

5

1381

45

0

 

6

1382

60

0

 

7

1383

59

9

68

8

1384

49

9

58

9

1385

43

19

62

10

1386

49

13

62

11

1387

47

21

68

12

1388

47

16

63

13

1389

13

8

21

14

1390

30

7

37

15

1391

24

11

35

16

1392

24

16

40

17

1393

39

44

83

18

1394

54

41

95

Result

733

214

947

 

Students’ Affairs

 

  1. Encourage students to use competent scientific resources
  2. Encourage students to use libraries
  3. Provision of scientific seminars to promote students’ knowledge level
  4. Provision of technical and scientific workshops to promote students’ proactive and scientific knowledge level
  5. Provision of geniuses’ students’ council to make connection between students and dean of Faculty
  6. Provision of sport events for students

Student’ Services Provision

  1. Equip library
  2. Provide IT center or Computer Lab

Students’ Dormitory and Service Provisions

President of the faculty visits the dormitory regularly to face the feedbacks, suggestions and complains via students and transfer them to the dean of University.

To pay students’ wages and prevents delays in each semester, a list of in need and poor students are collected and confirm via the faculty president and presents it to the dean of university

Seminars & conferences

 

Year

Essay

conference

Seminar

1385

5

-

-

1386

4

-

-

1387

4

4

-

1388

10

2

-

1389

8

2

-

1390

6

3

2

1391

8

2

1

1392

10

10

2

1393

/

4

1

1394

15

15

-

Result

71

42

6

 

Supply and Service Provisions

 

Supply and services are done up to some points by the chief of administrative and finance section included study facilities, chairs, tables and other stuffs. On the other hand, medicine faculty attracts some foreigners’ aids to facilitate its studies and have helpful acts on its practical performances.

Development of Human Resource Capacity

Sending instructors for Exchange Programs, long and short term fellowships, master degrees, doctorates and providing conferences to develop capacity buildings and instructors

Environmental and Maintenance Section

Participation in planting, cleaning, and providing green environment in new university

Achievements

  1. Fundamentals improved as it
  • Increases registration rate
  • Improves area of activities
  • Attracts financial aids via individuals and institutes like:
  • PRT helps to equip library and office tools
  • JICA of Japan cooperate for medical education
  • Padva University of Italy cooperation
  • Gelling University of Germany cooperation

Preventing Problems and Security Challenges

To prevent any problem or security challenges we recommend students to make aware the office for any doubtful movements

Barriers and Problems on the way of Fulfilling Activities

Lack of permanent building, lack of professional hospital or clinic, lack of sufficient employees for administration are couple of problems and it should be mention that one of university dormitory’s building would be for medicine faculty’s clinic for a while.

Experiences of Implementing Plans and Objectives

  • Developing administrative affairs
  • Attracting visitor’s satisfaction
  • Doing tasks on time
  • Preventing time wasting

Gained Expectations for Implementing Aims

  • Doing works according to the rule and regulations and predicted plans
  • Implementing 90 percent of faculty’s plan

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.

  • Physics Laboratory
  • Anatomy laboratory
  • Microbiology Laboratory
  • Physiology Laboratory
  • Pharmacology Laboratory
  • Biochemistry Laboratory
  • Histology Laboratory
  • Pathology Laboratory
  • 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