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About FCPS for Nepalese students
Dr Sharoj Khan
MBBS: Nepalgunj Medical College
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 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.
Entrance Exam date and timing:
It is organized 4 times a year and a candidate can appear only 3 of them. Previously this exam was organized twice in Nepal in the month of February and November but this year it was organized in February and now the next exam will be held in Nepal in 2020 February. November exam is already cancelled.
Exam of 200 marks is taken with 100 marks Pure Basic science MCQs and 100 marks MCQs from specialty u intend 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.
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 and pathology for medicine)
Past questions do repeat here too and the books to follow are
Secret of FCPS By Dr Rabia Ali
FIRST AID USMLE (No questions will be out of First aid except for Anatomy portion)
Mini Snell's for Anatomy if u r attending for any surgical subjects
My source of study was mini Snell's, USMLE STep First AId and Rabia Ali's MCQ book. All these books are available in various medical bookshops in Kathmandu.
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.
The degree is Equivalent with MD/MS of Nepal, No problem with NMC and better job opportunity in corporate hospitals later on.
STIPEND IS minimum 30000 except in medical colleges
If you do FCPS in Pediatrics and Anesthesia you need not to pass GENERAL MEDICAL COUNCIL in UK 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
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.