Prof. Waqar Saleem Farooqi
Principal, Central Park Medical College
MBBS, FRCS (Edin., UK)
Prof. Waqar S. Farooqi graduated from the King Edward Medical College Lahore in 1984, soon after the house job, he went to the U.K. for his post-graduation and higher surgical training in Orthopedics. He passed the fellowship examination from the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh in 1990 and after completing his training returned to Pakistan in 1991, since then he has been involved in different teaching assignments at a number of teaching institutions in Pakistan including King Edward Medical College, PGMI and Shalamar Hospital, where as Medical Director, he was responsible for the project of Shalamar Medical & Dental College.
The Central Park Medical College which was established eleven years ago, has passed the stage of infancy and now it has grown-up to a level where it is comparable if not better than any private medical college in Punjab. Our 690 graduates, out of which more than 100 have passed FCPS I and 5 have passed Part II, as well. They are all serving in different parts of Pakistan as well as abroad. We have total area of 25 Acres, two academic blocks, the old block and a recently built new block. The new block has an auditorium having a capacity of 600 persons along with two lecture theaters while the old block has three lecture theaters along with all the teaching facilities including seven state-of-the-art laboratories, five demonstration rooms, a fully equipped dissection hall, four museums, a skill lab, a library connected with HEC e-library, a computer lab, and a state of an art Medical Education Department. In addition, we have separate boys' and girls' hostels, Common Rooms for Boys & Girls, a cafeteria and huge playgrounds for Cricket & football, Tennis Court, Basketball court, Table Tennis, all in the same premises. We believe in strict discipline; therefore, we expect our students to abide by all the rules and regulations of our college, failing that would make them liable to have strict disciplinary action taken against them which includes expulsion from the college. In addition, we expect our students to be regular in their classes, minimum attendance required being 90% and pass all their class as well as ward tests. Any student who fails to meet these two criteria, will be debarred to appear in the professional examination of the UHS. The attached teaching hospital which is situated in the same premises, has 600 beds, eight fully equipped operating theatres, three ICU''s (Medical, Surgical and Neonatal), a CCU with a Cath Lab and all the diagnostic facilities including X-Rays, ultrasound, C.T Scan, Mammography and a state-of-the-art clinical laboratory. We have all the major clinical departments including General Medicine, General Surgery, Obstetrics & Gynecology, ENT, Eye, Cardiology, Orthopedic Surgery, Urology, Plastic Surgery, Gastroenterology and Psychiatry. The hospital is situated in a thickly populated area where we get lot of poor patients from the surrounding villages. We have very busy OPD and Accident & Emergency departments where we provide free treatment to all the poor and needy patients. This facility is not only a blessing for an underprivileged population of southern Lahore and district Kasur but at the same Time it provides ample opportunities to our students to develop their clinical skills and hands on training on the patients.
I strongly believe that the most important single factor which differentiate a good academic institution from the ordinary is its faculty and we at Central Park Medical College feel proud to have highly qualified and experienced faculty in all the subjects who have extensive teaching experience in some of the highly reputed medical colleges in Pakistan as well as abroad. Our mission as an institution is to teach with creativity and dedication, to heal with quality and compassion, and to inspire discovery and innovation with integrity and resolve. I along with my faculty are therefore, committed not only to impart the best possible knowledge to our students but at the same Time we spend a significant Time and energy in their personality building through our well-organized mentorship program and healthy co-curricular activities. The objective is that when they graduate from our institution, they don't only become top class doctors but at the same Time excellent human beings having qualities like empathy, compassion and tolerance so that they could have a positive impact on the society, regardless wherever they choose to practice medicine in Pakistan or abroad.