Biochemistry is the branch of science concerned with the chemical and physio-chemical processes and substances that occur within living organisms. It is included in the basic medical science subjects to be taught in the first two undergraduate years of the MBBS course. Two professional examinations by the university (NUMS) assess the students for their required learning in the field.
Medical Biochemistry is concerned with the chemistry and metabolism in human health and disease. It is imperative for the medical students to learn about the normal functioning of the body which deals with the process of converting raw materials or nutritional chemicals into more useful and valuable biomolecules. Biochemistry is also closely related to molecular biology, the study of the molecular mechanisms by which genetic information translates into the processes of life. It is an interdisciplinary subject in which the student learns the cellular biological processes. The knowledge about the primary molecular processes in biology is expanding making Biochemistry a rapidly evolving science. In addition, Biochemistry also deals with “blood tests”, an important diagnostic science which deals with biochemical investigations in blood and body fluids helpful in diagnosis and decision making.
The discipline of Biochemistry was established at the HITEC-IMS in 2016 as a part of the MBBS curriculum. The faculty is well qualified and dedicated to the task of educating graduates in this interesting field.
The major guidelines are to:
• Train the undergraduate as per the University guidelines.
• Encourage the staff to update the recent biochemical concepts and engage in research activities.
• Conduct journal club meetings, clinical case discussions for faculty.
• Conduct seminars, lectures, and continuous medical education (CME) to impart the interdisciplinary nature of biochemistry.
The course requirements include participation for two full academic years. Our main goal is to teach a condensed curriculum of strong basic biochemistry and molecular biology and to confirm ethical principles to prepare them for professional standards and outstanding clinical training. At the end of the course, the students should be able to understand the chemical structure and function of clinically important biomolecules and metabolic processes occurring in the cell. As knowledge is not enough until applied, the correlation of biochemical subjects with clinical aspects of different diseases will also be covered in the course. Moreover, students should understand the basic concepts of molecular biology including DNA replication, transcription, protein synthesis, and basic techniques utilized for DNA cloning and diagnosis of genetic disorders. The learning process will be implemented through Large Group Interactive Sessions (LGIS), Small Group Discussions (SGD), Problem Based Learning (PBL), and Self-Directed Learning (SDL). The students shall learn the laboratory skills and interpretations during their practical sessions. The academic progress of the students shall be evaluated through formative and summative assessments throughout the academic years.