The Aga Khan University is the host for the video urology conference in sponsorship with the U-merge and PAUS Karachi chapter. Aga Khan University (AKU) is one of the leading medical Universities in the country. Its medical college over the past quarter of surgery produced leading physicians, surgeons and researcher working around the globe. One of the strongest area and distinguishing feature of the university is its postgraduate medial education program. Graduates from the AKU have made a huge difference to the healthcare systems of the country. They have become the ambassadors of the AKU around the country for carrying the ethos of working philosophy of physicians. This philosophy is essentially based on three “Es” ethical, evidence based, and empathic.
AKU has endeavored to provide constant update on training and education of not only our existing PG trainees but for trainees and junior consultants around the country. Urology section of the department of surgery holds regular seminar, workshops and training sessions to cater to these needs. The annual event named Karachi urology week (KUW) is one such effort. Fully sponsored residents from around Pakistan participate in this weeklong exhaustive training program. This year KUW is coupled with Video Urology conference. This Conference will focus on the current updates in contemporary urology by leading international experts. These experts are part of the U merge team.
The workshops during the Conference will be held in the state of art Centre for Innovation in Medical education (CIME) of the AKU. The participants will have the opportunity of working on high fidelity simulators.
The conference will be entirely based on video, panel discussions and case scenarios. I am sure this Conference will provide the platform for academic exchange, social networking in the serene surrounding of the AKU
Professor Hammad Ather
The idea of establishing the U-Merge (Urology in Emerging Countries) Association developed over a long time. We have worked for many years in several different countries and, especially in emerging economies. We encountered a serious lack of standards, education and institutional support. There is a serious global need in urology for knowledge transfer from West to East, and from North to South.
There remains a serious discrepancy between experts willing to teach and urologists ready to absorb the knowledge on one hand, and the reality of poor educational systems associated with a weak knowledge transfer on the other hand. Eager as they may be, many national urological associations and societies lack the strength and resources to carve new paths through these difficulties.
This society aims at exactly that, namely fostering knowledge transfer from affluent to less fortunate countries enabling urologists to learn, reach and adhere to worldwide accepted medical, technical and ethical standards.
The idea grew ever stronger by discussions with experts from both, developed as well as developing countries. It was likewise appreciated and welcomed by both sides.
We appreciate that there are a lot of individuals and individual initiatives out there already, but If we were all to join forces and form a global core group of interested colleagues, band together and share a common goal, then we could achieve far more than the sum of each ones personal efforts.
We are now in process of finalizing the organizational model of the society and constructing its legal establishment as a scientific and educational body.
Our goals are:
Dr. Noor Buchholz
Founder & Chairman U-merge