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About FCPS for Nepalese students

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Dr Sharoj Khan

IOM-FCPS

MBBS: Nepalgunj Medical College

Currently MD Resident, Radiology

FCPS is a Fellowship Postgraduate residency training run by College of Physician and Surgeon of Pakistan (CPSP).

The total duration is either 4 or 5 years depending on specialty we choose. 4 years is if u choose General surgery or General medicine and total of 5 years if u choose any subspecialty after 2nd year.

This programme in Nepal is known as IOM-CPSP linkage programme and is presently run in many corporate and private hospital as well as government hospital with its office located in IOM premises (the building which constitutes examination control division of IOM TUTH).

CPSP Office Kathmandu Contact number: 01-4416224

There frequent updates are available https://twitter.com/cpspkathmandu?lang=en

 

Entrance Exam date and timing:

It is organized 4 times a year and a candidate can appear only 3 of them. This exam in 2021 will be conducted twice in Kathmandu also in February and November as used to be in previous years but in 2019 this was only conducted in February; However November exam was cancelled in Kathmandu center. In 2020 COVID 19 Pandemic has already affected this. So update regarding this exam needs to be taken prior to planning for this exam.

Form Filling Process for Nepalese candidates

  1. First of all we need to be very clear what subject we want to apply for the exam.

  2. The subject that can be applied for are enlisted below and this implies u have to give a separate paper for the subject you have applied from the following list. If you have intention to apply for superspeciality Subjects like Cardiology, Nephrology, Pulmonology medical oncology, Pediatrics, Dermatology and any other medical speciality not enlisted below you need to apply for Medicine and allied. If You have intention to apply for superspeciality subjects like cardiac surgery, Neurosurgery, Urosurgery and any other surgical speciality not enlisted below you need to apply for Surgery and allied.

  3. The link for the form is https://www.cpsp.edu.pk/examination-forms.php for the examination form and you have to select the Nepal option or you can directly open http://111.68.111.7/elogbook/onlinereg/fcps1/forms.php for Nepalese candidates where u can click on apply and proceed. Remember these direct links will not be available after last date of form for Feb 2021 exam.

  4. The process of filling the form is easy, it is a two stepprocess  where after opening the above link we first need to open the first step of the form and proceed accordingly.A confirmation code will be sent to your email which you need to remember and save it for further process. There are some steps where it can be confusing like there is option of PMDC number where we need to provide our Nepal Medical council registration number. In payment option just write Himalayan bank limited,,, Rupees 15050 and Branch name,,, it’s better to mention Kathmandu/ Maharajgunj branch.

  5. Another confusion can be while you enter your residential address and college of MBBS and its address, as there are few already selectable options for it so you need to type your college name and select ‘Others’ where you cannot type.

  6. After completing this form, we need to click on ‘submit’ option and then an email will be sent to you with a computer generated PDF where all the information you entered will be available then we need to take a print out of that PDF and sign on the specified location on it and make a pdf of that and take its hard copy to CPSP office Kathmandu.

  7. We will be provided with a Himalayan bank account number where we need to pay the specified amount, take the bank draft, submit to the CPSP office Kathmandu, and take a receipt signed by the coordinator make its PDF too.

  8. CPSP office is open only on week days and is closed on Friday, Saturday and Sunday. even on weekdays I suggest you to visit there in between 10 AM to 2 PM after calling the above mentioned contact number.

  9. After that we need to make separate PDF of our academic certificates and council certificates and upload all those documents by opening the above mentioned link in the step 2 option.

 

Selection procedure

Exam of 200 marks is taken with 100 marks Pure Basic science MCQs  which is Paper I and same for all the speciality and 100 marks MCQs from specialty which is Paper II is for the speciality you applied to choose after selection.

There is no rank or position you need to gain, You need to secure 75% i.e. total of 150 marks combining marks of both paper. If u are selected with the qualification marks you can apply to any of its affiliated Hospitals in NEPAL, PAKISTAN AND SAUDI ARABIA.

Your pass certificate will be valid for next 3 years i.e u can start your residency in either January or July.

 

Some affiliated training centres in Nepal are:

  1. Kathmandu Model Hospital

  2. B and B hospital Kathmandu

  3. Grande international Hospital

  4. Medicity Hospital

  5. Manmohan memorial Medical college, Swayambhu

  6. Chitwan Medical college

  7. Kathmandu medical college

There are regular addition and subtraction of affiliated centres so these are subject to change and further information regarding these can be obtained from CPSP Kathmandu Office.

Books and resources:

This exam is a bit different than our usual Nepali exams. The questions are mainly from basic science and subject that are mainly asked are ANATOMY, PHYSIOLOGY, PATHOLOGY, BIOCHEMISTRY, BIO-STATISTICS ONLY. EVEN 2nd Paper has questions that are from applied aspects of Basic subjects (for e.g they will ask Anatomy and pathology more for Surgery and physiology, pathology and Pharmacology for medicine,, Radiology will consist of a lot of Anatomy. Anesthesia will consist of some physics,, Pharmacology of anesthetics and relevant anatomy needed for anesthesia, Similarly OBG will have its basics)

 

Past questions do repeat here too and the books to follow are

  • Secrets of FCPS By Dr Rabia Ali

  • FIRST AID USMLE (No questions will be out of First aid except for Anatomy portion)

  • BRS series

  • Pathoma

  • Mini Snell's for Anatomy if u r attending for any surgical subjects.

  • Tanveer Notes

  • SK Pearls.

  • Golden files

 

My source of study was mini Snell's Anatomy, USMLE First AID and Rabia Ali's MCQ book. All these books are available in various medical bookshops in Kathmandu. PDF are also available in internet.

 You need to be a bit smart in selecting the study content as loading many books will distract you. Therefore, I suggest taking any of MCQ book consisting past papers as I mentioned above and revising your basic study material is good choice.  So making the content concise and studying them smartly with proper revision are way to success in Part 1 FCPS.

 

Online PG Nepal's model tests were also of great help as i got many questions whose notes I made from the explanation of the tests. Almost all questions were from explanation provided by Online PG Nepal in Model tests. This is MUST for any exam we attend in Nepal, India and Pakistan.

PROS

  • The degree is Equivalent with MD/MS of NepalNo problem with NMC and better job opportunity in corporate hospitals later on.

  • STIPEND is around  30000 except in medical colleges

  • If you do FCPS in Pediatrics and Anesthesia the process for  GENERAL MEDICAL COUNCIL in UK is swift as  this is equivalent to there residency in this specialty and u can work there freely.

  • You can be registered as consultant without any licensing exam in all GULF  Arab countries without any hesitation.

  • At the end of 5 years, you can have a super-specialty degree.

  • You can stay in Kathmandu and continue or you can go to Pakistan for better exposure, you can change your training center after 6 months if you don't like it, your credit hours will be added subsequently,

  • You only need to go Pakistan twice for practical exam of 2nd year and final year.

  • If you are already doing MD/MS, you can have super-specialty of FCPS for 3 years by attending the exam of 2nd year. Many people with MRCP from UK are doing this too

CONS:

  • After passing FCPS Part 1 (Entrance), you need to visit all those hospitals of your interest to request them that they take you but there are many seats available so that is not very big problem.

  • All 73 specialty taught by CPSP  are not available in Nepal so you might have to go Pakistan after 2nd year if you are so reluctant to go there.

  • Exams pass percentage were previously not very good, though they are increasing in recent past.