CPSP PROMOTES MEDICINAL SPECIALIZATION

KANWAL SALEEM
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Feb 22 - 28, 2010

The College of Physicians and Surgeons Pakistan (CPSP) is a unique postgraduate medical institution in Asia. It was established in mid-1962 with the objectives of maintaining high principles of medical profession, promotion of specialists' medical practice and arrangement of postgraduate medical training in hospitals.

It is the only postgraduate medical institution in the country that has established a system of effective and consistent up-gradation of medical education and training.

The main functions of the college are to promote specialist practice of medicine, surgery, gynaecology and obstetrics by improving teaching and training in hospitals; to arrange postgraduate medical, surgical and other specialized training;to hold and conduct examinations for grant of diplomas and admission to the fellowships of the college; and to bring together the physicians, surgeons and other specialists of Pakistan periodically for scientific discussions and practical demonstrations of various subjects.

According to CPSP President Prof Zafarullah Chaudhry, the college offers admission to the fellowship of the college in 53 specialties/sub-specialties and MCPS in 10 specialties. The college organizes postgraduate training of the candidates in accredited/recognized hospitals throughout the country and conducts subsequent examinations. To achieve its objectives, the council of the college has constituted four committees to work for continued expansion and progress of the college.

The college encourages qualitative expansion of the curriculum, education of associated teachers and supervisors, advisory services, monitoring and evaluation of training, teaching methodologies, and examination system.

In order to improve the overall educational and research methodology, the college regularly holds a variety of workshops and courses. He further said the CPSP also provides learning facilities to other medical institutions as well. As part of these activities and to determine the needs for continuing medical education program, the CPSP also holds national and international conferences and joint meetings with sister institutions. These scientific discussions help in bringing the fellows, academicians and medical experts at a joint forum to exchange experience in different fields of medical science.

The CPSP that began its operation by awarding fellowships to two fellows in 1967 and then offering merely half a dozen specialty programs has now become a college that awarded about 1000 fellowships in 58 specialties/sub-specialties and diplomas in 20 specialties in 2006.

The college has attained high standards of learning, training, research facilities, and assessment for its fellowships and diploma programs with international recognition.

According to him, the CPSP is perpetually in the pursuit of excellence and it ceaselessly strives to develop and maintain its academic standards at the highest level. Its faculty is drawn from amongst the most eminent professors and distinguished specialists of various fields of medicine and surgery. CPSP has set standards for the trainees which help attain perfection and expertise in the field of their specialty. CPSP, through improved programs of monitoring and IMM, regularly helps the candidates to improve their attainments and invites highly qualified and experienced medical educationists and experts to conduct various courses and impart training and skills necessary for higher medical education programs. The assessment of training is finally conducted through a candidate friendly system of examinations supervised by the elite of the medical profession in the country and from abroad.

To keep abreast with the latest technologies and advancements in the field of medical sciences, the CPSP constantly revises and updates its educational programs and facilities. These policies have helped the CPSP to make its contribution and attain a distinguished position among the sister international institutions.

In order to expand the vistas of learning, the college has established academic affiliations with all the renowned institutions of the world. The college has thus been making its contribution to the development of medical sciences. The college is the proud alma mater of the vast majority of the medical specialists and teachers of the country who are serving with dedication and devotion to give their best in the related fields.

In order to strengthen trainees' professional skills and training programs, CPSP holds capacity building short courses/workshops in which their participation is mandatory and a prerequisite for appearing in the examination. These workshops include basic surgical skills, research methodology, biostatistics & dissertation writing, communication skills and introduction to computer and internet. A trainee successfully completing training appears in final examinations and upon success the candidate is awarded fellowship/membership of the college and granted the status of specialist.

While addressing a seminar on residency programme organized in the auditorium of Services Hospital, Lahore, the College of Physicians & Surgeons Pakistan President, Prof Zafarullah Chaudhry said that 17000 candidates appeared in CPSP examinations in the year 2009 which is an evidence of its success. The college is giving its best despite increase in expenditures. He said that to reduce the burden of trainees during workshop downtime would also be considered.

Prof. Khalid Masood Gondal, regional director said that CPSP trainees have performed well at King Fahad Medical City in Saudi Arabia which is helpful in maintaining its tremendous tradition. Prof. Khalid Masood Gondal said that college has not increased its fees for the last seven years despite inflation. He said that in future more facilities would also be provided to trainee doctors in collaboration with UK and Malaysia.