The CPSP, a prestigious medical institution established in 1962 on the pattern of the Royal College of Physicians London, has decided to start online examination for over 10,000 graduates appearing in FCPS part-I every year. The CPSP, however, will run the present system parallel to the online examination for a couple of years till complete conversion to the e-exam.
Vice President and Regional Director CPSP Lahore Prof Dr Khalid Masood Gondal said the introduction of online examination of FCPS part-I was aimed at modernising the system and facilitating growing number of students.
Referring to the achievements of CPSP, he said that the fellows of this prestigious medical institution with seven-year experience were going to Saudi Arabia as visiting consultants for a period of three months with an emolument from SR 33,000 to SR 48,000.
“CPSP is the only institution amongst the developing countries to impose residency programme in medical education like developed countries. Royal College of Physicians London has appreciated the programme and signed an MoU with the CPSP. According to this MoU, the doctors after completing initial two years of education at CPSP would be able to get further training in England”, he said.
“Over 19,000 medical specialists are serving in civil and armed forces medical institutions and fulfilling 85 percent needs of the country. CPSP is the only institution in Pakistan conducting fellowship examinations in 64 different specialties. CPSP has 13 regional centers across the county and three centers abroad. Presently, more than 13,000 trainees in 146 and 2,500 trainees in 96 institutions are getting training within the country and abroad respectively”, he said, adding, the centers in Saudi Arabia and Nepal were working efficiently and new ones were being established in UAE and Kuwait.
Referring to the administrative working of CPSP, Prof Khalid Masood Gondal said that ‘the elected council of fellows is responsible for all the administrative and other matters of this autonomous institution’.
“Out of 20 members Council, 11 are from Punjab, 6 from Sindh, two from Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and one from Balochistan. The present council under the leadership of its President Prof Zafar Ullah Chaudhry has not only raised the prestige of the college but also made all possible attempts to solve the problems of the fellows and postgraduates trainees”, he said.
Now all four provincial centers and headquarters are provided with the video conferencing facility, an important and revolutionary step that will help in provision of quality medical education.
Trauma Course of International level has been started in collaboration with American College of Surgeons. Pakistan stands first to attain this landmark among the SAARC Countries. Another advance level programme (ACLS) has also been started”, he said.