Women as Medical Professionals have excelled in each branch of the field as this was considered the most prestigious profession by the women themselves as well as their families.
Doctors - the care-givers - another natural role for women.
The medical profession has been women's favorite field since the British India times as the term 'Doctor' had both dignity and better income potentials. There are numerous gynecologists, pediatrics, plastic surgeons,eye specialists, dentists and other.
The basic education required is a medical degree - MBBS or relevant to the field degree from the few medical colleges that cater to the need. Entry criteria is strict as top grades in the high school diploma are required.
After the MBBS degree a two year house job period is required at some recognized tertiary care hospital to qualify for private practice. Thereafter, many opt to proceed to other countries for a higher degree like FRCS.
These are highly qualified professionals and many get offers from around the world. While a number of them opt to practice abroad, there are several who prefer to return to their homeland and serve the country with their expertise.
There are no reserved seats for women and they have to compete on an equal footing with the other candidates to gain admission in medical colleges. Due to shortage of medical colleges, many are unable to pursue the career of their choice in medicine.
However, as most of the top grades are bagged by women since the past several years, they manage to get admissions on merit. With the increase in number of hospitals in the country in the private sector, there has been a growing need for good quality medical professionals. A number of these hospitals and clinics are owned by women as they enter into their private practice. That is really a lot to say about the capabilities of the women of Pakistan.
On the other hand, these dedicated professionals also serve as Lecturers and Professors at the medical colleges of both the public sector and the private sector.
The notable institutions imparting medical education are:
Dow University of Health Sciences (DUHS)
Agha Khan University and Hospital (AKUH)
Fatima Jinnah Medical College