CPSP International Training Program


HSE-CPSP Postgraduate Scholarship Programme

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  • The College of Physicians and Surgeons Pakistan has entered into an agreement with the HSE (Health Service Executive) and the Forum of Postgraduate Training Bodies in Ireland to offer a postgraduate scholarship programme
  • The purpose of this agreement is to permit Pakistani graduates to complete part of their training in Ireland. As part of this training, successful candidates will be supported in the ongoing development of their knowledge base and the enhancement of their medical skills and competencies within their chosen specialty. They will have direct exposure to the health system in Ireland and an opportunity to learn about alternative approaches to delivery of healthcare services
  • Training is available in the specialties:
    • 1. Anesthesiology
    • 2. Emergency Medicine
    • 3. General Medicine
    • 4. Obstetrics and Gynaecology
    • 5. Ophthalmology
    • 6. Orthopaedic Surgery
    • 7. Paediatrics
    • 8. Psychiatry
    • 9. Surgery
    Structured training will be provided for 2 years in these specialties and this training will be recognized for training by the CPSP. (Additional details for each programme are outlined below.)
  • This scholarship aligns with the World Health Organization’s Global Code of Practice on the Recruitment of International Health Personnel and has won international acclaim as an example of best practice in Code Implementation. Following the 2-year scholarship, candidates must return to complete their exams and training in Pakistan and not seek further employment in Ireland for a minimum of 12 months after completion of the programme.
  • Under the terms of the scholarship, successful candidates will be awarded a bursary which will cover the costs of return travel to Ireland, registration with the Medical Council in Ireland, and accommodation and induction on arrival in the country. On commencement in post, candidates will be remunerated and employed under national terms and conditions as applicable to doctors employed in Irish hospital services.
  • The selection process will be based on initial shortlisting of candidates based on application, followed by interview for final recommendations. After interview an initial recommendation will be made to place candidates on an order of merit list, following which final recommendations are completed with reference to the order of merit and the number of scholarships available.
  • Candidates will need to meet general eligibility criteria at time of application in addition to some specialty specific requirements as outlined below. This programme is not open to 4th/final year CPSP trainees.
  • In the event of being successful, candidates should also be aware of additional requirements to be met within a short timeframe – see details below.

General Eligibility Requirements

At time of application, applicants must meet all the Scholarship general eligibility requirements

These include:

  • Have completed a house job of minimum 1 year, comprising
    • Minimum 3 months medicine
    • Minimum 3 months surgery
  • Have permanent registration with the Pakistan Medical & Dental Council.
  • Be eligible for registration with the Irish Medical Council.
  • Each doctor may submit a certificate of test results from either the International English Language Test System (IELTS) or Occupational English Test (OET). IELTS/OET test results must be current and dated within two years of the date submitted to the employer. Test results cannot be combined. The HSE will only accept one test result.

    Please refer to the table below for the minimum levels in each of the tests that are accepted by the HSE:

    IELTS Minimum Score
    Listening 6.5
    Reading 6.5
    Writing 6.5
    Speaking 6.5
    Overall 7.0
    OET Minimum Score
    Listening B
    Reading B
    Writing B
    Speaking B
    Overall B
  • Must have successfully passed their Intermediate Module Exam (IMM).
  • Will be required to maintain online record of their Clinical Experience.
  • Will need to be in a position to avail of this scheme for a period of two years, commencing in post on Monday 13 July 2020.
  • Must return to Pakistan on completion of the 2-year scholarship and not seek further employment in Ireland for a minimum of 12 months after completion of the programme.
  • Would complete training in Pakistan, having received CPSP recognition for two years of training in Ireland. 10. Be eligible to take the FCPS-2 examination provided all other conditions (viz. dissertation) have been fulfilled.

Specialty Specific Requirements

Those wishing to opt for the specialty of Emergency Medicine should:

  • Understand the specialty of Emergency Medicine and be fully committed to entering the CPSP training scheme in this specialty. Candidates demonstrating evidence of commitment to the specialty by having relevant clinical experience, relevant courses, audit and research will be prioritised.
  • Have completed 2 years post internship/house job experience in clinical posts that involved exposure to acute surgical and medical admissions and emergency presentations. This experience must have been gained in recognised teaching hospitals accredited by the CPSP.
  • At time of commencement in Ireland candidates must be enrolled on the CPSP Emergency Medicine programme.
  • Prior to commencing the programme in Ireland, candidates are required to have spent a minimum of 12 months in one of the following hospitals accredited for Emergency Medicine training by the CPSP:
    • Shifa International Hospital in Islamabad or
    • Aga Khan University Hospital in Karachi.

Those wishing to opt for the specialty of Anaesthesiology, Pain Medicine and Intensive Care Medicine should:

  • Have passed the Intermediate Module of the specialty applied for (i.e. for Anaesthesiology)
  • Meet additional minimum requirements specific to applicants for Training in Anaesthesiology, Pain Medicine and Intensive Care Medicine

    Minimum requirements:

    • Pass first part of FCPS examination in Anaesthesiology (not MCPS).
    • Two years Anaesthesiology training inside the FCPS training programme.
    • Four months continuous exposure (or the equivalent of 4 months in smaller blocks) to Obstetric Anaesthesiology, to include general Anaesthesiology for procedures during pregnancy and caesarian section.
    • 2 months continuous exposure (or the equivalent of 2 months in smaller blocks) to Paediatric Anaesthesiology for children 2 years of age and upwards, with an emphasis on ENT procedures.
  • Desirable:

    2 months continuous exposure (or the equivalent of 2 months in smaller blocks) to Intensive Care Medicine.

Those wishing to opt for the specialty of General Internal Medicine should:

  • Have passed the Intermediate Module for General Internal Medicine.
  • Have completed 2 years post-internship/house job experience in clinical posts that involved exposure to acute admissions and emergency presentations in General Internal Medicine.

Those wishing to opt for the specialty of Paediatrics should:

  • Have passed the Intermediate Module of the specialty applied for (i.e. for Paediatrics).
  • Have completed 2 years post-internship/house job experience in clinical posts that involved exposure to acute admissions and emergency presentations in General Paediatrics.
  • Have a minimum of 12 months experience in an accredited CPSP Hospital in Pakistan for Paediatrics

Those wishing to opt for the specialty of Obstetrics/Gynaecology should:

  • Have passed the Intermediate Module of the specialty applied for (i.e. for Obstetrics/Gynaecology).
  • Have completed 2 years post-internship/house job experience in clinical posts that involved exposure to acute admissions and emergency presentations in Obstetrics/Gynaecology

Those wishing to opt for the specialty of Ophthalmology should:

  • Have passed the Intermediate Module of the specialty applied for (i.e. for Ophthalmology).
  • Have completed 2 years post internship/house job experience in clinical posts that involved exposure to acute surgical and medical admissions and emergency presentations.

Those wishing to opt for the specialty of Psychiatry should:

  • Have passed the Part 1 and Intermediate Module for FCPS in Psychiatry.
  • Have completed 2 years post internship/house job experience in clinical posts that involved exposure to acute admissions and presentations in Psychiatry

In the event of progressing through the initial shortlisting stage, candidates will need to have evidence that he/she:


  • Demonstrates proficiency in the English language, in addition to the IELTS/OET requirement. This will be assessed at interview stage
  • Has travel documents (valid passport and CNIC in hand for travel by July 2020) to be registered for the July 2020 session. Passport must be valid for 12 months upon entry to Ireland, i.e. July 2020.
  • Is able to provide a Police Security Clearance Certificate at the time of visa application.
  • The Medical Council will require all applicants for registration who qualified outside of the European Union (EU)/ European Economic Area (EEA) and Switzerland to have their medical education credentials primary source verified in advance of making their application for registration. The Medical Council is collaborating with the Educational Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates (ECFMG) to incorporate ECFMG’s Electronic Portfolio of International Credentials (EPIC) into the process for assessing the medical qualifications of graduates of medical schools located outside of the EU, EEA, and Switzerland. Specific instructions for the new process will be provided on both the Medical Council’s website and the
    EPIC website : http://www.ecfmgepic.org
  • Can provide complete and accurate documentation to the Irish Medical Council by the required deadline – www.medicalcouncil.ie

NOTE: IT IS REGRETTED THAT INCOMPLETE APPLICATIONS CANNOT BE PROCESSED.

  • Shortlisting Anaesthesiology Specialty will conclude by end of November 2019 with successful candidates attending interviews during early February 2020 (via Skype) in each of the CPSP Regional centres.
  • Successful candidates will be expected to arrive in Ireland no earlier than 06 July 2020 to attend the mandatory induction programme. Those who are successful at interview will be placed on a panel in order of merit. Scholarships will be offered to successful candidates in order of merit depending on their position on the panel. Interview results will be announced at the end of January 2020 and after this time offers will be made. Please note that success at interview guarantees a place on the panel but does not guarantee an offer of a scholarship.
  • There are no exceptions to this. Successful candidates must commit to the full two years of this programme.
  • The information below provides further detail of the training programmes in the individual specialties. For information related to the Health Services in Ireland, terms and conditions of employment or other contractual queries please contact forum@rcpi.ie

Particulars of the two-year programme

Surgery

  • The Surgical programme will be administered by the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland. There are currently two Surgical Specialties which are open to application General Surgery and Trauma and Orthopaedic Surgery. Both programmes will include clinical placements in hospital posts and will also include a structured education programme delivered at the new state of art National Surgical & Clinical Training Centre, RCSI which opened in 2017. The mandatory curriculum delivered will include Operative Surgical Skills, simulation based technical skills training and Human Factors & Patient Safety training. Throughout the two years participants will be expected to attend Specialty specific days and courses in General Surgery and Trauma & Orthopaedic Surgery.
  • Successful applicants will be awarded posts in HSE hospitals rotating through a minimum of two hospitals during their time in Ireland. Successful applicants will also be expected to participate in the Professional Development Programme and to attend classes which are run regularly through the RCSI. They will receive direct training and supervision in appropriate surgical sub-specialties by Consultant trainers affiliated to the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland.
  • Rotations in the programme will be as follows:
    Year 1: General Surgery / Trauma & Orthopaedic Surgery
    Year 2: General Surgery / Trauma & Orthopaedic Surgery
  • In addition to clinical experience and in-house hospital training programmes, successful candidates will have an opportunity to access structured training in the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland. Examples of these courses include:
    • Surgical Technical Skills:
    • Supervised courses in Surgical Skills Laboratory
    • Basic and Advanced Surgical Techniques
    • Vascular Surgery Techniques
    • Laparoscopic Surgery Techniques
    • Endoscopic Surgery Techniques
    • Orthopaedic Surgery Casting
    • Upper and Lower GI Surgery
    • Specialty Training Days – CPSP Year 1 Trainees
    • General / Paediatric Surgery
    • Cardiothoracic / Vascular
    • Trauma & Orthopaedics
    • CPSP Operative Surgical Skills Training – CPSP Year 2 Trainees in General Surgery
    • There are approx. 6 x CPSP OSS Skills days per year:
    • Colorectal
    • Advanced Hernia
    • HPB
    • Vascular
    • Upper GI
    • Breast
  • Further information is available on the Royal College of Surgeons website www.rcsi.ie or by sending specific queries to cpsp@rcsi.ie
  • Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland, 123 St Stephen’s Green Dublin 2 Ireland cpsp@rcsi.ie

Emergency Medicine

  • The Emergency Medicine Programme will be administered by the Irish Committee for Emergency Medicine Training.
  • Successful candidates will spend two years training in Emergency Medicine (EM), based in Emergency Departments (EDs) which are recognised for EM training by the Irish Committee for Emergency Medicine Training.
  • Training will be delivered through:
    • Clinical exposure to the broad spectrum of Emergency Medicine presentations in major Emergency Departments
    • Supervision, mentorship and appraisal by Consultant trainers
    • Weekly protected time for teaching
    • Facilitation in clinical audit
  • Mandatory Workshops for all Trainees:
    • CSTEM Ultrasound Workshop
    • CSTEM Airway Workshop
    • CSTEM Injury/MSK Workshop
    • CSTEM ECG Workshop
    • Airway Simulation Workshop
    • General Simulation Workshop
    • CSTEM Adult Procedural Sedation & Analgesia (PSA)
  • Participation in the Emergency Medicine Professional Development Programme including workshops on:
    • Early management of the trauma patient
    • Resuscitation room medicine
    • Emergency airway management
    • Emergency medicine ultrasonography
    • Human Factors in medicine
  • Facilitation in accessing and attending Life Support and other relevant postgraduate courses.
  • Further information is available from the website or by sending specific queries to:
  • Emergency Medicine Training Office Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland 123 St. Stephens Green, Dublin 2, Ireland. Email: EMadministrator@rcsi.ie

Anaesthesiology

  • The Training Programme in Anaesthesiology, Pain Medicine and Intensive Care Medicine will be administered by The College of Anaesthesiologists of Ireland. www.coa.ie.
  • Programme:
    • Successful applicants will be awarded posts in Health Service Executive hospitals under the direct supervision of Consultant Anaesthesiologists affiliated to the College of Anaesthesiologists of Ireland. All applicants will rotate through a minimum of two hospitals during their time in Ireland. This will allow for greater clinical exposure and access to and knowledge of Anaesthesiology practices including Intensive Care & Pain Medicine.
  • As well as exposure to modern anaesthesiology techniques, agents and equipment, and team based working, postholders will be required to participate in in-hospital education programmes. They will also have the opportunity to attend a central programme of education organised by the College of Anaesthesiologists and subsidised by the HSE, an example of which are shown below:
  • Introduction to Anaesthesiology
    • A one-day course for doctors commencing anaesthesia for the first time, or for the first time in Ireland, outlining the knowledge, skills and behaviours required for the practice of basic anaesthesiology.
  • Advanced Vascular Access
    • A one-day course on the knowledge, skills and complications involved in providing vascular access beyond peripheral venous cannulation.
  • Echocardiography Workshop
    • A one-day course on echocardiography as applied to Anaesthesiology practice.
  • Ultrasound Workshop
    • A one-day course on Ultrasound Techniques used in anaesthesiology practice.
  • Anaesthesiology Emergencies Simulation
    • A simulation course covering anaesthesiology emergencies arising from environmental problems.
  • Professionalism in Practice
    • A one-day workshop covering ethical and legal topics.
  • Doctors will also have the opportunity and will be strongly encouraged to attend the following meetings:
    • Irish Congress of Anaesthesiologists Annual Meeting
    • Intensive Care Society of Ireland Annual Meeting
    • Pain Faculty Annual Scientific Meeting
    • Autumn College Lecture
    • Winter College Lecture
    • Core Topics Day
  • Finally, doctors working within this programme will also have access to the College’s extensive Online Learning Environment.
  • Further information is available on the College Website at www.coa.ie or by contacting the Training Department at email address training@coa.ie
  • College of Anaesthesiologists of Ireland, 22 Merrion Square North, Dublin 2.

Ophthalmology

  • Established in 1991, the Irish College of Ophthalmologists (ICO) is the recognised training and professional body for medical and surgical eye doctors in Ireland.
  • The HSE/CPSP Scholarship Programme in Ophthalmology will be administered by the Irish College of Ophthalmologists. The programme will comprise of clinical placements and a comprehensive central programme of educational support delivered by the College.
  • Successful applicants will be awarded clinical posts in one of the 7 National Eye Units accredited for training by the ICO where they will receive training in general ophthalmology as well as in the subspecialties. Applicants will rotate through a minimum of two units.
  • A key principle underlying the programme is to deliver educational programmes as close as possible to the clinical workplace. This is achieved through the use of e-learning programmes (including a monthly Interactive eClassroom and videoconference postgraduate training lectures) and mobile surgical skills laboratories. Training in Human Factors is also delivered as an essential part of the Educational Programme. Components of the programme include:
    • 1. Core knowledge and clinical judgement
    • 2. Surgical technical skills
    • 3. Personal skills and human factors
  • During their time trainees will follow the College assessment and appraisal processes. Formal assessment takes place both in the work place and also as part of the off-site education programme at ICO.
  • Further information is available on the College website at www.eyedoctors.ie
  • Irish College of Ophthalmologists, 121 Stephens Green, Dublin 2.

Psychiatry

  • The psychiatry training programme will be administered by the College of Psychiatrists of Ireland. This will comprise of clinical placements in training sites accredited by the College for training. It will also include a structured education programme delivered by the local services including case conferences/journal clubs to help the trainees improve their clinical skills.
  • Successful candidates will be appointed to posts in HSE services in General Adult Psychiatry with rotating opportunities to at least two sub-specialties including Old Age Psychiatry, Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, Liaison Psychiatry, Intellectual Disability Psychiatry, Addiction Psychiatry, Forensic Psychiatry and Rehabilitation Psychiatry. They will receive direct training and supervision by Consultant trainers affiliated to the College of Psychiatrists in Ireland.
  • They will have the opportunity to attend college annual conference/meetings twice a year to hear developments in psychiatry. They will be allowed to register with continuous professional development (CPD) programme.
  • Further information is available by sending specific queries to the Dean at
  • info@irishpsychiatry.ie College of Psychiatrists in Ireland, 5 Herbert Street, Dublin 2. Ireland Tel: + 353 1 661 8450

General Internal Medicine

  • The General Internal Medicine training programme will be administered by the Royal College of Physicians of Ireland. This will comprise of clinical placements in hospital posts and a structured education programme delivered in the College to include clinical and generic skills. Successful applicants will be appointed to posts in HSE hospitals, rotating through a minimum of two hospitals during their time in Ireland. They will receive direct training and supervision in appropriate sub-specialties by Consultant trainers affiliated to the Royal College of Physicians of Ireland.
  • In addition to clinical experience and in-house hospital training programmes, successful candidates will have an opportunity to access structured training in the Royal College of Physicians of Ireland. Examples of these courses include
    • Leadership in Clinical Practice (includes patient safety, leadership and communication skills):
    • Ethics, Prescribing Skills and Blood Transfusion
    • Health Research: An Introduction
  • The candidate will have access to products and services provided by RCPI. These include courses and events such as Masterclasses, Clinical Updates, New Horizons as well as journal access.
  • Further information is available by sending specific queries to cpsp@rcpi.ie.
  • Royal College of Physicians of Ireland Frederick House 19 South Frederick Street Dublin 2 www.rcpi.ie

Obstetrics and Gynaecology

  • The Obstetrics and Gynaecology programme will be administered by the Institute of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists under the auspices of the Royal College of Physicians of Ireland and will include clinical placements in hospital posts and a structured education programme delivered in the College to include clinical and generic skills. Successful applicants will be appointed to posts in HSE hospitals rotating through a minimum of two hospitals during their time in Ireland. They will receive direct training and supervision by Consultant trainers affiliated to the Institute of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists.
  • In addition to clinical experience and in-house hospital training programmes, successful candidates will have an opportunity to access structured training in the Royal College of Physicians of Ireland. Examples of these courses include:
    • Leadership in Clinical Practice (includes patient safety, leadership and communication skills)
    • Certificate in Basic Ultrasound
    • Basic Practical Skills
    • Family Planning
    • Ethics, Prescribing Skills and Blood Transfusion
    • Health Research: An Introduction
  • The candidate will have access to products and services provided by RCPI. These include courses and events such as Masterclasses, Clinical Updates, New Horizons as well as journal access.
  • Further information is available by sending specific queries to cpsp@rcpi.ie.
  • Royal College of Physicians of Ireland Frederick House 19 South Frederick Street, Dublin 2 www.rcpi.ie

Paediatric Medicine

  • The Paediatric programme will be administered by the Faculty of Paediatrics under the auspices of the Royal College of Physicians of Ireland and will include clinical placements in hospital posts and a structured education programme delivered in the College to include clinical and generic skills. Successful applicants will be appointed to posts in HSE hospitals, rotating through a minimum of two hospitals during their time in Ireland. They will receive direct training and supervision in appropriate sub-specialties by Consultant trainers affiliated to the Faculty of Paediatrics.
  • In addition to clinical experience and in-house hospital training programmes, successful candidates will have an opportunity to access structured training in the Royal College of Physicians of Ireland. Examples of these courses include:
    • Leadership in Clinical Practice (includes patient safety, leadership and communication skills)
    • Child Protection
    • Ethics, Prescribing Skills and Blood Transfusion
    • Health Research: An Introduction
  • The candidates will have access to products and services provided by RCPI. These include courses and events such as Masterclasses, Clinical Updates, New Horizons as well as journal access.
  • Further information is available on the Royal College of Physicians by sending specific queries to cpsp@rcpi.ie.
  • Royal College of Physicians of Ireland Frederick House 19 South Frederick Street, Dublin 2 www.rcpi.ie
 
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