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APPNA MERIT FAMILY MEDICINE - Specialty Rotations is a Course


Oct 1 - Oct 31, 2021

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A Blended Active Learning Program with Weekly Live Sessions and Assignments



Provide virtual specialty rotations to general practitioners (GPs) in Pakistan, with active learning through online sessions, assignments and discussions by specialists from Pakistan and abroad; complementing basic workshops and certificate courses offered in Pakistan for GPs to bridge the gap of specialty care, especially in underserved areas. 


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Course Description

This course will provide knowledge, skills, and values in medical specialties necessary for GPs. There will be six specialty rotations. Each online active learning rotation will include webinars, interactive learning, and assessments delivered by various specialists from Pakistan and abroad. These will complement and link with courses offered by various institutions in Pakistan and collaborate between various diaspora and Pakistani organizations. Preference will be given to general practitioners working in underserved areas in Pakistan. 

Target Audience

Licensed GPs and primary care providers in Pakistan with or without formal training or residency; GPs with diplomas or certificates in Family Medicine such as from Aga Khan University (AKU), Khyber Medical University (KMU), University of Health Sciences (UHS), or other similar programs; GPs with special interest and need for communication with specialists; residents in family medicine programs in Pakistan.

Course Objectives

Upon completion of this course, participants should be better able to: 

    1. 1.    Describe specialists' approach to various common conditions seen and treated by primary care physicians. 
    2. 2.     Discuss a specialist's approach vs a PCPs approach to the management of common conditions.
    3. 3.     Employ evidence-based medicine and guidelines in the management of common conditions seen in primary care.  
    4. 4.   Identify patients who need a referral to specialists. 


This course is sponsored by the Association of Physicians of Pakistani Descent of North America (APPNA); National Family Medicine Committee (NFMC), Association of Pakistani Physicians of the United Kingdom (AAP UK), Australian Association of Pakistani Professionals (AAPP), and Nebraska Medicine through the resources of the University of Nebraska Center for Continuing Education. 

Disclosure Declaration

As a provider accredited by ACCME, the University of Nebraska Medical Center, Center for Continuing Education must ensure balance, objectivity, independence, and scientific rigor in its educational activities. Faculty are encouraged to provide a balanced view of therapeutic options by utilizing either generic names or the trade names of several to ensure impartiality.

All speakers, planning committee members and others in a position to control continuing medical education content participating in a University of Nebraska Medical Center, Center for Continuing Education activity are required to disclose relationships with commercial interests. A commercial interest is any entity producing, marketing, re-selling, or distributing health care goods or services consumed by, or used on, patients. Disclosure of these commitments and/or relationships is included in these course materials so that participants in the activity may formulate their own judgments in interpreting its content and evaluating its recommendations.

This activity may include presentations in which faculty may discuss off-label and/or investigational use of pharmaceuticals or instruments not yet FDA-approved. Participants should note that the use of products outside currently FDA-approved labeling should be considered experimental and are advised to consult current prescribing information for FDA-approved indications.

All materials are included with the permission of the authors. The opinions expressed are those of the authors and are not to be construed as those of the University of Nebraska Medical Center, Center for Continuing Education.


Those involved in the planning of this course have no financial relationships to disclose.

Course Leadership Team

Course Director:

Danish Bhatti MD FAAN

Associate Professor, University of Nebraska Medical Center; Co-Chair APPNA MERIT Committee

Course Co-Directors: 

Hisham Haq, MBBS MRCGP DRCOG DOccMED, Health CertMedEdu

The Parks Medical Center; APPNE social and corporate secretary

Yousaf Haroon Ahmad, MHPE, FRACGP, FACRRM

Educational Supervisor RACGP; Chairman AAPP

Muhammad Sagheer Rana


Nasir Shah, FCPS, FRCGP

Professor, University of Health Sciences; Dean FM CPSP, Convener National Family Medicine Committee

Medical Educationists:                       

Amir Burney, APPNE

Mariam Ghaffar, APPNA MERIT

Planning Committee:

Danish Bhatti, MD, FAAN

Jackie Farley, CPP


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