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January 2021, Volume 71, Issue 1




It gives us immense pleasure to share this JPMA special supplement with our readers, published as an appurtenance to the 6th AKU Annual Surgical Conference of the Aga Khan University, Karachi, Pakistan. The theme of the conference is 'Surgical Education and Training,' and submissions were invited keeping this theme in mind.

We are grateful for the enormous response from both national and international contributors and a total of 60 manuscripts were received. We adopted JPMA's strict criteria for publication and each submission was first evaluated for plagiarism through specialized computer software. No manuscript was rejected at this level. This was followed by coding of each submission to insure that the peer-review process remains blinded and transparent. Each submission was then assigned to two independent reviewers, who were subject specialists belonging to the same specialty, again based on standard JPMA policy. In case of discrepancy, a statistical review or a third editorial review was also done. Complete confidentiality of the reviewers was ensured. All reviews were carried out on standard JPMA review forms. Only articles that were judged by both reviewers to be publishable in their present form; or with minor changes only, were selected. Articles requiring major revisions were not considered for publication.

A total of 27 articles were thus accepted for publication. This final list of articles was forwarded to JPMA for final editorial review, along with the comments of the reviewers. At this point we must mention that some of the rejected articles were actually of reasonable quality, but could not be published, on the basis that they were not related to the theme or required major revisions in either format or language, which given the short time-line, was not possible for this particular supplement.

We would also like to take this opportunity to thank our Departmental Chair: Dr. Syed Ather Enam, Conference Chair: Dr. M. Hammad Ather, Publication Committee Chair: Dr. Masood Umer and JPMA Publication Group, our team members are: Drs. Nadeem Siddiqui (Chair), Rehan Nasir Khan (Co-Chair), Sana Zeeshan, Nida Zahid, Akbar Jaleel Zubairi, Gulzar S. Lakhani, Amber Sultan and especially our administrative staff, Shariff Charania who worked tirelessly day and night and made this herculean task possible. We hope you will appreciate the quality of papers in this supplement.

We look forward to welcoming you all and we hope you will take an active participation in the 6th AKU Annual Surgical Conference to be held on March 5-7, 2021.


Publication Committee

6th AKU Annual Surgical Conference

Surgical Education and Training


Journal of the Pakistan Medical Association has agreed to receive and publish manuscripts in accordance with the principles of the following committees: