Fcps; an exam or challenge, or FCPS, know how about the exam
As the world is progressing to advancements, trying to get perfections and expertise in all fields, MBBS is being considered only the baseline qualification with need of getting expert in certain field. Rather even the term supra speciality has been common one and now almost everyone is opting for that.
Every country or region has certain type of exams and training programs according to the facilities and expertise. The world being a global village is place where almost all diseases prevail or have the risk to occur with minor differences relating to geography, race and other factors.Thus making all the specialities and sub specialities as universal need.
In Pakistan FCPS that is abbreviation of Fellow of College of Physician and Surgeons Pakistan is the qualification which gives you platform to expertise your chosen field, constituting of two exams commonly called part one that makes u eligible for training in ur selected speciality followed by a training program and then part 2 exam which is exit exam from the training and an entrance exam of practical life. The training tenure varies according to speciality but at least 4 years and maximum of seven years.
The part 1 exam is based on mutiple choice questions with paper one regarding general medical field and paper two related to your subject. Many students face problems in the part one exam as after five years of theoretical pattern of paper they get confused with the objective type.But important to understand is that for it you have to go into the basic concepts and you need an overview of all the things.
Positive point is that cramming of the book material is gone and u need to have concept regarding that and you are hopefully done. Touching all the topics is necessary for the first paper and command over whatever has been taught in medical school related to your subject is required for second
The best way is to read a topic thoroughly, extract the important things in the form of notes, then test yourself from the material available to you in form of books or from various sites. Do not waste time on memorizing the things as it is from the book as you have not to reproduce them exactly on the paper same way as you have been somehow doing during the medical school.
Whatever point is difficult during self testing do not worry regarding that just open the book, find out its answer and move to the next question. Consulting the book again and again will get you revisions passively and at the end of the day you will have almost gained 70-80% of the topic. Certain questions of exact values are expected which can be covered by memorizing the important values related to each system.
Most of the questions are scenario based which means they will ask you a question in a similar way as a patient comes to you in hospital thus keeping the practical points you were subjected to during house job will also be a key point.Distributing the time provided for preparation and the subjects is to be determined before you start and maximum time is to be awarded to the weak subject and topic.
In the last days maximum time should be spent practicing the questions and revision of the points which you find difficult during solving the questions. Finally the last day before exam just keep calm, relax yourself and have confidence that you are going to put your best in the exam with success awaiting for you.hence to have a clear understanding for the fcps exam before appearing in it as Fcps; an exam or challenge, or FCPS, know how about the exam is very much impotant and necessary.
Dr sadia hafeez