CPSP International Training Program

Ensuring the highest quality standards of medical practice in Pakistan is at the heart of the vision of the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Pakistan. Training, continuous professional development, audit and evidence based medicine are fundamental to the achievement of this aim.

CPSP believes that international exposure of a doctor during his/her postgraduate training will help deliver this vision. Many fellows and senior fellows have benefitted from the training they have received abroad and have formed life-long relationships.

The CPSP has therefore established a number of training positions at University Hospitals Birmingham (UHB) at both a junior and senior level in order to give all eligible trainees and fellows an opportunity to train in an international environment. UHB is a leading teaching hospital in the United Kingdom and CPSP has inspected and approved these positions to ensure that they provide hands-on training. The training is of two years duration and trainees are expected to come back to Pakistan upon completion of their training.

These positions are funded by CPSP through a scholarship programme.

Junior Fellowships

Junior Fellowships are aimed at trainees who have cleared the Intermediate Module and are designed to bring a wider vision to their training in the core aspect of their chosen speciality. This 2 year programme will aim to bring an experience in the clinical and non-clinical approaches to Healthcare in a more developed setting. The trainees will be able to gain experience in their chosen speciality and be trained and undertake clinical audit, be assessed used a variety of forms of Work Place Based Assessments and given guidance on how to develop and use a Personal Development Plan.

Senior Fellowships

Senior Fellowships are aimed at trainees who have obtained the Fellowship of CPSP and wish to gain training in a subspecialty. Before commencing this Fellowship, trainees would be expected to have prepared a Personal Development Plan so that they can be set clear goals that are to be achieved over the 2 years of the programme. The fellowship will start with a 6 month period of orientation at a junior level to allow the trainee to develop an understanding of the differences in the HealthCare system. Successful completion of this first module would be followed by a period of focused training in a designated subspecialty with clear milestones to be achieved. This training will ensure that an understanding is developed not only of the clinical skills required to deliver a safe service but also how to ensure continuing improvement in care and how future developments can be identified planned and implemented.

Eligibility and application process

  • Candidates must be in good standing with the College.
  • Candidates from all CPSP fellowship programs are eligible to apply.
  • Consideration will only be given to trainees who have been successful in the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) to a level that will allow registration with the GMC e.g. at least 7.0 in each testing area (speaking, listening, reading and writing), and an overall score of 7.5.
  • Those candidates who do not possess IELTS result at the time of their application submission, can also apply and produce successful IELTS result by 15th May, 2017.
  • In those subjects where IMM is not available, they can also apply after completion of two years successful training plus other requirements.
  • Candidates must provide their experience which must be supported by the log book available with the college. The college may seek additional information.
  • Applications to be submitted online Apply Online
  • Selection will be based on interview and the final decision of the college.
  • Interviews will be conducted at CPSP Regional centers Peshawar, Islamabad, Lahore, Karachi and also may be at Multan and Quetta, from 3rd week of May, 17. The exact date will be notified later.
  • Successful candidates will be required to give an undertaking that they will return to Pakistan on completion of their training.

The GMC requires (and only accepts) the IELTS Academic test.

Listening and Speaking are the same for both tests, but the subject matter of the Reading and Writing components differs for each test. So you need to apply for IELTS Academic to get the GMC Registration.

You can appear either for Regular IELTS or UKVI IELTS but you need to have all four components Listening, Speaking, Reading and Writing for GMC registration.


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