Pakistan Consul hosts foreign doctors

By Faisal Khosa, MD
Assistant Professor in Radiology
Vancouver General Hospital
Special to The Post

The Honorable Consul General of Pakistan Dr. Mohammad Tariq hosted a dinner on 20th October in the honor of The President and Senior Vice President of The College of Physicians and Surgeons in Pakistan (CPSP) who were on a 3-day visit of Vancouver.
Fifty practicing physicians of Pakistani origin from BC attended the dinner on 20th October.
Amongst the distinguished guests were:
1. Professor Khalid Masood Gondal is Chairman of Department of Surgery at King Edward Medical University in Pakistan and is the Senior Vice President of CPSP. 
2. Professor Muhammad Asghar Butt is Councilor and Regional Director CPSP who is the Professor of Pediatrics Punjab Medical College Faisalabad.
3. Professor Bruce Forster is Professor and Head at the University of British Columbia, Department of Radiology, Regional Department Head and Regional Medical Director, Medical Imaging, Vancouver Coastal Health and Providence Health Care.
4. Dr. William Siu is the current President of the British Columbia Radiological Society (BCRS); representing the Doctors of BC Section of Radiology.
5. Dr. Faisal Khosa is the American Roentgen Ray Scholar (2013 – 2016) and a Radiologist at University of British Columbia.
6. Dr. Farrukh Hashmi is a member of the Board of Trustees of Association of Physicians of Pakistani Descent in North America (APPNA) and a psychiatrist in Washington, USA.

Proceedings of the evening included:
Dr. Faisal Khosa introduced the distinguished guests and read the message from President College of Physicians and Surgeons in Pakistan whose flight from US was delayed.
Dr. Gondal gave an overview services by CPSP and its historic perspective. 
Honorable Consul General of Pakistan Dr. Mohammad Tariq reiterated his support and services to facilitate CPSP in its mission and also extended his support for Pakistani community and physicians in Canada.
Dr. Forster gave an overview of the Diagnostic Imaging Services in British Columbia and potential avenues of collaboration between CPSP and UBC.
The discussions between Dr’s Gondal, Butt, Siu and Forster included avenues of collaboration in education and training between CPSP, UBC and BCRS. 
Dr. Farrukh Hashmi appreciated the services of CPSP and offered continued support of APPNA for CPSP and physicians of Pakistani descent.
Dr. Khosa, Dr. Zafar Ullah Chaudhry and Dr. Gondal discussed pathways enhancing collaboration and prospect of facilitating Fellows of CPSP into residency, research and clinical Fellowships in Europe, USA and Canada.
Contributed by Faisal Khosa, MD, MBA, TI, FFRRCSI, FRCPC, DABR, American Roentgen Ray Scholar (2013-2016),


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