The Suleman Dawood School of Business (SDSB) resides at the intersection of innovative business practices, economic growth, and societal advancement. The MS Healthcare Management and Innovation (HMI) programme impacts the practice of healthcare management by creating leaders, innovators, and managers. It connects students with healthcare leaders through an innovative, experiential curriculum, intensive skills education, and diverse learning experiences.
On July 10, 2021, LUMS signed MOUs and announced new collaborations with Bahria International Hospital, Shaukat Khanum Memorial Hospital and Research Centre (SKMH&RC), and Shifa International Hospital. These partnerships will provide internship opportunities to students pursuing the MS HMI degree at SDSB.
Rector, LUMS, Mr. Shahid Hussain; Vice Provost, Dr. Tariq Jadoon; MS HMI Programme Director, Dr. Hassan Rauf; Associate Dean Academics, Dr. Syed Aun R. Rizvi, and MS HMI Executive in Residence, Mr. Kashif Khan, were present at the signing ceremony. Dr. Shazia Asim, Vice President, Bahria International Hospital; Dr. Asif Loya, Medical Director, SKMH&RC, and Dr. Zeeshan Bin Ishtiaque, Medical Director, Shifa International Hospital, signed the MOUs on behalf of their organisations.
Honorary Dean SDSB, Dr. Alnoor Bhimani, shared a few words with the attendees via a recorded video message and highlighted the potential of these agreements to transform the healthcare sector in the country. "At LUMS, we care about education attainment along with social impact. These MOUs will take us forward in terms of helping Pakistan's health environment and educational sectors achieve milestones that haven't yet been achieved in the country. I look forward to our continued engagement."
Mr. Shahid Hussain reiterated the necessity and value of these partnerships, "We need to learn more, dig deeper and work in depth to further understand the needs of the healthcare sector. The whole idea is to partner with institutions, to learn from them and synergise our expertise with their excellence."
MS HMI Executive in Residence, Mr. Kashif Khan, further added, "There are three things we want to do; we want to make services accessible, affordable, and focus on safer and quality services for everyone who comes into contact with any institute. We can't do this in silos; we have to do it together."
Representatives from each organisation also shared their thoughts on the collaboration.
Dr. Shazia Asim, Vice President, Bahria International Hospital, explained that their organisation's vision is to provide quality services and accessibility for both the privileged and underprivileged segments of society and expressed her pleasure at having SDSB-LUMS graduates intern at their hospital. She said, "The collaboration between LUMS and Bahria International Hospital is a great opportunity to expand education and training facilities between these two organisations. It is indeed an honour for my team and me to collaborate with such a remarkable institution and train the finest graduates of Pakistan. InshaAllah together, we will make a huge difference in the sector."
Dr. Asif Loya, Medical Director, SKMH&RC, expressed that even though their organisations have many programmes to train doctors, nurses, researchers and technicians, having specialised people in management positions is the need of the hour. "This programme and our partnership with LUMS will be a new leap forward…I think this is very important because it's about how you manage the administration of the entire hospital."
Elaborating on the necessity of these agreements, Dr. Zeeshan Bin Ishtiaque, Medical Director, Shifa International Hospital, shared that this was just the first step of the journey. "To make healthcare safe and accessible, affordable, patient-centred, and evidence-based, we need unique managers who can bring all these pieces together and can provide better healthcare to the people of Pakistan. We all need to work together as a team, and everyone has their own role to play," he said.
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