Prof. Faroque Ahmad Khan, MB, (GMC 1959-1965),MACP.
Director Islamic Medical Association of North America International Collaboration
Retired Prof Medicine SUNY at Stony Brook, NY
Chair of Medicine NUMC, NY-1987-1999.
Dear GMC Colleagues: March 3rd 2014.
It gives me immense pleasure to congratulate GMC for the launch of its much needed new web site.
I also wanted to congratulate and than call the students, support staff and faculty at GMC who have played a vital role in helping GMC through a very difficult and turbulent period. On behalf of my family and other non resident Kashmiris in USA, our heartfelt gratitude to all of you for working/studying under very difficult circumstances with staff shortages, personal security risks-- even assassinations-, curfews, check points etc. We salute you for staying in Kashmir and thereby providing the much needed care and solace to the needy ones.
As an alumni of the first batch of GMC I have observed GMCs highs and lows since its birth in 1959and I am pleased to see a new renassaince over past few years. We hope and pray that this momentum will be maintained and GMC will reach new heights.
My bestguess is that over five thousand have graduated from GMC, they are providing valuable services in all parts of the world and many have reached extraordinary positions. Besides providing medical care some have excelled in other fields as well--as researchers, writers, authors, humanitarians, administrators etc.
In my field of practice, Medicine in USA, one of the GMC alumni Dr. Tanveer Mir this year has been elected as chair of the board of Regents of the American College of Physicians which is the largest speciality medical organization in the world with over 130,000 members globally. This is a great honor for all of us, she will be the first non Caucasian/Asian to hold this important position. Also, four GMC alumni have been bestowed Mastership in ACP which I believe is a record in itself--Drs. Mohammaed Sultan Khuroo, Dr Khalid Jehangir Qazi, Dr Tanveer Mir and me. To have four MACPs from one medical school in Asia--GMC-- is a matter of great pride and privilege and probably a record in itself.
In closing, let us collectively work towards the improvement of GMC which as the oldest medical school in J& K will have an impact for generations to come. The website provides us an opportunity to share ideas and make suggestions, I also wanted to thank principal Dr.Rafiq Ahmad Pampori sahib for his tireless efforts in improving GMC, we all owe him much thanks.