Training and Research Branch

Training Branch coordinates, supervises and conducts training and research activities in AFIC-NIHD. This department is committed in training programs for Medical Officers, Nurses, Paramedical Staff and Medical students in building up their knowledge, skills and competencies. It coordinates continue training programs required beyond initial qualification for own and allied staff, tradesmen and other professionals  in order to maintain, upgrade and update their skills throughout working life. With concerned departments, training branch also organizes presentations, conferences, seminars and research programs on the latest developments in the field of cardiology.

Training Activities

  • Fellowship (FCPS Part-II ) training of AMC officers/ other medical officers in cardiology, cardiac surgery, pediatric cardiology and cardiac anesthesia
  • Elective rotational training of specialists and medical officers in various specialties like medicine, surgery anesthesia, pediatric cardiology and radiology
  • Training of medical officers such as diploma in cardiology training,  rotational training for house officers, OJT for all medical officers posted at AFIC, ACLS and ECG workshops
  • Generalized and specialized  training of medical officers, nursing officers and para medics (own and other Hospital including PAEC, Holy Family, KRL, NESCOM and PIMS hospitals)
  • Clinical rotational training and ACLS workshops for medical students

Training for Nurses and Paramedical staff :

  • Orientation training of newly posted officers in ITC, CCU,  OT, ER & Pediatric cardiology
  • CME course in cardiac nursing care for a period of six months
  • Specialized training of selected nurses in ITC, CCU, Coronary Angiography departments
  • ACLS/BLS and ECG workshops
  • 6 months On Job Training for civilian nurses and paramedical staff from PIMS, Shifa International, KRL, NESCOM, PAEC, Holy Family, RIC hospitals
  • 3 months training of Pak Navy and PAF nurses

 Misc Training Activities  

  • Weekly joint cardiac cath conference
  • Fortnightly morbidity / mortality conference of surgeons and anesthetists
  • Fortnightly journal club meeting of all disciplines
  • Echo / ECG class for cardiologists
  • Films/ shows/ presentations/ lectures by National/ International companies
  • State of Art common lectures once in a month by specialist officers
  • Academic council and Institutional Review Board (IRB) activities

Collaboration with other Centers of Excellence

Facing the challenges of the 21st century, AFIC/NIHD is continually involved in achieving high levels of professional training, developing research and cultivating professional experts. In doing so, it has integrated national and international collaboration programs with other Centers of Excellence in disciplines as follows:

Cardiac Surgery

  • University Hospital Birmingham NHS Foundation Trust UK


  • Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham, UK
  • Shifa International Hospital, Islamabad
  • PIMS Hospital, Islamabad Adult Cardiology
  • Shifa International Adult Cardiology

Pediatric Cardiology

  • Military Hospital Rawalpindi
  • PIMS, Holy Family, Benazir Bhutto, Shifa International , Islamic International, KRL, NESCOM hospitals
  • Children Hospital Lahore, Punjab Institute of Cardiology Lahore
  • PGMI ( LRH Peshawar), NICVD Karachi
  • Elevina Children Hospital London
  • Glansfiled Hospital UK Leicester
  • IJN Malaysia


  • University Hospital Birmingham NHS Foundation Trust UK