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Qualifications Awarded By CPSP Superior to FRCS & MRCP
December 1, 2001
It is a matter of great prestige for Pakistan that qualifications awarded
by college of physicians and surgeons Pakistan with an additional
experience of 1-3 years in accredited institutions will be recognized as
superior to MRCP & FRCS awarded by the Royal colleges of Surgeons of U.K
for the purpose of consultant appointment in many countries.
This was said by Dr. Abdul Malik Kasi Federal Minister for Health while
commenting on a MoU concluded between the college of Physicians and
Surgeons (CPSP) & the Saudi Council for Health specialists (SCHS).
The SCHS has agreed to establish PCPS-1 overseas centers in Riyadh and
Jeddah with effect from July 2001. The CPSP would depute its Chief
Controller and Deputy Chief Controller of Examinations to establish and
run examination department of SCHS. The CPSP will also provide
facilitators from its “WHO Collaborating Centre for Research and Training
in Educational Development of Health personnel” to conduct different
workshops for the teaching faculty of different institutions of Saudi
Arabia in the field of Medical Education.
The Minister said, this MoU is an evidence of the credibility, which the
CPSP has developed for its setup, functioning, the processes of
accreditation for medical institutions along with the system of monitoring
the training. It also signifies that the award of qualifications by CPSP
is through an unbiased and structured method of examination, which is of
The Minister appreciating the services of CPSP said, this for the first
time in the history of Pakistan and CPSP that the postgraduate medical
qualifications awarded by CPSP have been recognized overseas and are
considered superior to the qualifications awarded by the Royal Colleges of
United Kingdom, i.e. FRCS and MRCP which have standing of 400 years.
The MoU was signed in Riyadh last week between the CPSP delegation headed
by its President Prof. M. Sultan Forooqui and SCHS delegation headed by
Prof. Hussain Al Frelhi, M.D. Secretary General.
The Ministry of Health especially the Health Minister played pivotal role
in this regard. SCHS and CPSP have agreed to
start exchange of examiners especially in 5 major specialties i.e.
Medicine, Surgery, Pediatrics, Ob/Gyne and Anesthesia.
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