Community Medicine FCPS-II and MCPS curriculum and training reforms

Community Medicine FCPS-II and MCPS curriculum and training reforms

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Bushra Anwar started this petition to CPSP

Petition 2 started by Dr. Bushra Anwar on 8th November, 2019 for Community Medicine FCPS-II and MCPS curriculum and training reforms

This petition is regarding content, conduction and deficiencies in Community Medicine FCPS-II and MCPS exams, faced by the candidates. Most important concerns are:

The official Curriculum of FCPS-II and MCPS Community Medicine provided by CPSP is to be followed religiously after revamping. Updating it regularly is vital as public health issues keep changing and major national issues should be known to anyone specializing in community medicine. There should be an online platform where these updates can be accessed by supervisors and trainees.

There is need of standardization of assessment to judge the competencies of Community Medicine fellowship.

 Community Medicine is a very vast subject but there should be a limit to the scope of questions included in written and viva exam.

Random pictures, unpopular articles from internet must be discouraged.

Reference books or websites (e.g. Ministry of health) should be given and old editions of these books should not be used for making questions.

Questions asked in viva are often vague, lack clear phrasing, out of scope of Community medicine and out of the given curriculum, thus questions should be evaluated by some neutral 3rd party each time. Topic allocation and difficulty level of a topic should be according to the importance of a topic in community medicine.

The key of questions is to be shared after the results so that candidate can find the exact answers of many vague questions. Moreover, the key should not be fixed in case of subjective questions, such as designing a strategy of prevention. These types of questions can produce innovative answers and fixed keys to such questions don’t make sense.

 Many of us have experienced demoralization by few examiners during viva. We humbly request CPSP to encourage young and well reputed examiners to take viva. The recording of viva and random checking afterwards by a neutral 3rd party will be a good help.

 We request CPSP to address our issues as soon as possible, as many of us are stuck in our carrier due to repeated failure. We request CPSP to facilitate us in getting through these exams. We feel our specialty is being neglected everywhere in Pakistan despite the fact that we can achieve good health status of our people by focusing on preventive medicine. There is a dire need of reforms. National Residency Program is requested to play its role in revisiting our training program (the practical training like in public health offices and NGOs) and examination system.

Thank you

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