Dec 20 - 26, 20

The College of Physicians & Surgeons Pakistan (CPSP) 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. The CPSP 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.

With a team of dedicated health professionals, the College of Physicians & Surgeons Pakistan has now one of world best recognised health institutions. The College of Physicians & Surgeons Pakistan through its postgraduate fellowship/diploma of FCPS and MCPS programmes is producing world-renowned health professionals.

Prof. Khalid Masood Gondal, Prof. of Surgery, King Edward Medical College is Regional Director of the College of Physicians & Surgeons Pakistan.

In an interview with Pakistan and Gulf Economist (PAGE), Prof. Khalid Masood Gondal said the main functions of the CPSP are promotion of the practice of general medicine, surgery and other specialties, and conduct examinations for the award of postgraduate fellowship/diploma of FCPS and MCPS.

According to him, the CPSP offers admission to the Fellowship of the College in 53 specialties/sub-specialties and MCPS in 10 specialties. The college organises postgraduate training of the candidates in accredited/recognised 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 this college.

He said the college not only encourages qualitative expansion of the curriculum but also of education, associated teachers, 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. The college has held over 2500 programs which benefited about 35,000 senior medical professionals and allied healthcare personnel.

Prof. Khalid Masood Gondal said the CPSP provides learning facilities to other medical institutions as well. As part of these activities and to determine the needs and bases 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.

He said the duration of the FCPS training varies from 4-5 years depending on the specialties chosen. Competency based curricula have been developed for each discipline by the relevant faculties. More than 15,000 training slots have been awarded in 129 CPSP accredited medical institutions throughout the country. The college critically evaluates the standards and facilities available in these institutions to ensure quality training for its trainees. 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 pre-requisite for appearing in the examination. These workshops are 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 specialists, he said.

He further said the CPSP Trust has a "QARZ-E-HASNA" scheme for the fellows of the college for post-fellowship training in Pakistan or abroad. The sanctioned loan is to be repaid in three years after completion of training. It is advanced to a fellow only once. Every year, the college invites applications from the desirous fellows of at least three years' standing for post-fellowship training in selected sub-specialities. The relevance of the field of training vis-a-vis the local requirement is a key consideration for allocation of loans. During 1991 to 2009, 101 fellows were sponsored by the Trust under "QARZ-E-HASNA" scheme, which involved release of a total sum of Rs27.69 million as Qarz-e-Hasna.

Prof Khalid Massood Gondal also said the CPSP has explored new avenues of luxurious overseas job opportunities for young postgraduate trainees of Pakistan, which not only fulfill their required academic training obligation but also opened marvelous carrier in the medical profession. Besides adequate monitory benefits, they are getting international exposure from this exchange of training and continued research programmes.

He said that a delegation of CPSP council members headed by President CPSP Professor Zafar Ullah Chaudhry visited UK on the invitation of Professor Ian Gilmore, MD, PRCP and had detailed meeting with their counterparts of Royal College of Physicians UK and also exchanged views with delegates of various prestigious academic training institutions of medicines and other specialities to identify areas of interest and mutual cooperation in medical education, training and curriculum developments.

Prof Dr Khalid Masood Gondal informed that Saudi Commission for Health Specialties (SCHS) offered nomination of CPSP examiners to evaluate final clinical and oral examination of health professionals in general surgery, internal medicine, orthopedic, obstetrics/gynecology, neurology, dermatology, radiology, psychiatry, general pediatrics, family medicine, urology, anesthesia, ENT, ophthalmology, emergency medicine, and cardiology.

He said that various health institutions of international repute acknowledged CPSP academic training standard and invited young Pakistani doctors to join their institutions and collaborate in medical training programme.

He further said the important collection of high research value is the dissertations submitted by FCPS Part-II examinees. These dissertations include a comprehensive review of the topic with special emphasis to review all the work done in bio-medical sciences in Pakistan. The importance of this material may be gauged from the fact that this constitutes the collection of basic and original research compiled on medical sciences in Pakistan. The number of titles of dissertations is well over 10,000, for the purpose of easy retrieval of dissertation topics.