AKUH Trainees Programme Gains Renowned Accreditation


by Hamna Bano

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The Aga Khan University Hospital’s Pharmacy Trainee Programme has received the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists accreditation for International Pharmacy Practice Residency. 


It has become the first hospital in Pakistan, the third international hospital, and the first such academic medical center outside the United States to be recognized like that.

The accreditation has helped raise standards of training of pharmacies that offer critical services in patient care. This accreditation of the AKUH Pharmacy Residency Programme will serve as a role model for producing exemplary practitioners that will positively impact the practice of pharmacy in Pakistan. 

This particular pharmacy trainee programme has been offered at KUH since 1990 ad has more than 80 alumni providing professional pharmacy services. To add to that, the accreditation has also advanced AKUH’s traineeship programme to a residency model with the gaining of international recognition.

Dr. Farhat Abbas, the interim CEO of AKU Health Services Pakistan, congratulating the pharmacy, said, “the ASHP accreditation is a testament to the fact that our patients are at the forefront of everything we do. This accreditation is not only a feather in the cap for AKUH but also for the country.”   

On highlighting the impact of the accreditation the Director of Pharmacy Services Pakistan Syed Shamim Raza said, “We set ourselves the goal to develop our pharmacy practices further to fulfill AKUH’s vision of raising the standards of healthcare in Pakistan and we achieved this goal through the ASHP accreditation which marks us as a world-class institution for hospital pharmacy practice and training, ensuring that our patients benefit from international best practices of pharmacy.”    

Aga Khan University Hospital's pharmacy residency programme is one of the largest ASHP-accredited programme in the world that aims to develop and make more competent pharmacies and plans to raise the standards of pharmacy practice in Pakistan.