Centre for Medical Informatics

In order to inculcate the culture of self-learning the College houses a spacious and well-stocked library where text books and periodicals have been placed for the use of faculty and students. The library also houses 3 workstations connected to the internet, a good number of CDs and audio-visual material on topics of clinical and basic health Sciences. To access the available digital and audiovisual resources TVs and VCRs are available within the library premises. Library facilities are also open to the medical students and medical professionals of other institutions through the authorized college protocol.

The Higher Education Commission (HEC) of the Government of Pakistan has provided Shifa College of Medicine free full text online access to the digital library of the International Network for the Availability of Scientific Publications (INASP). This has been done under the Program for the Enhancement of Research Information (PERI) of the INASP. Of the currently 20,000 e-journals the PERI program has provided access to over 12,000 full-text online journals (soon to increase to 17,000) and many of the World’s leading bibliographic and reference database, including those from Blackwell’s, CABI, EBSCO, Emerald, Gale, Institute of Physics Publishing (IoPP), Oxford University Press, OVID, (Silver Platter), Springer, Mary Ann Liebert, Bentham Science and the Royal Society. Our teachers and researchers now have access to an unlimited amount of data and information which they will be able to use to provide current and up to date knowledge to the students. In addition we are working on an IT package that will allow our students als o to use this valuable resource in the near future; this will help them become better treating physicians of the future.

A well equipped Audio-Visual Section is attached to the College Library to assist students and faculty in meeting its audio-visual needs.