Fellow of College of Physicians and Surgeons Pakistan (diagnostic radiology)

Fellow of College of Physicians and Surgeons Pakistan (FCPS) is a specialty fellowship diploma awarded by the College of Physicians and Surgeons Pakistan (CPSP) in 73 disciplines including diagnostic radiology after successful completion of 4-5 years of training and intervening three-phase examination.

The FCPS (diagnostic radiology) examination is set by the CPSP and consists of three parts:

  • FCPS-I: to sit in this examination the candidate must have MBBS or equivalent qualification and completed one year of house jobs. The exam comprises of two BCQ format papers called papers 1 and 2, which cover the whole MBBS syllabus with a focus on anatomy. After passing FCPS-I, candidates have the option to carry out training in either diagnostic radiology, nuclear medicine or radiation oncology.
  • IMM (intermediate module): Specialty-specific examination that can be taken after 2 years of radiology training after registration with the Research & Training Monitoring Cell (RTMC) of CPSP. The exam focuses on the core knowledge of physics, anatomy and basic radiology-related pathology. IMM comprises of 2 parts - theory (2 BCQ format papers) followed by TOACS (image-based assessment), however, to sit in IMM TOACS one has to pass the theory first. 
  • FCPS-II: Final part of the FCPS diploma which comprises of three components - theory (2 BCQ format papers) followed by TOACS and viva. It is mandatory to pass theory first in order to sit TOACS and viva components. TOACS is again image-based assessment of the candidate covering all the modalities of radiology. It is a computer-based examination which comprises of 30 stations. The viva component comprises of six system-related viva sessions taken by six examiners on three tables, i.e. two systems on one table.
  • An alternative to the FCPS (diagnostic radiology) is MD radiology, which is awarded by medical universities to work as a radiologist in Pakistan.

    MCPS (Member of College of Physicians and Surgeons Pakistan) and DMRD (Diploma in Medical Radiodiagnosis) are 2-year diplomas awarded by CPSP and medical universities respectively, which can be obtained to work as a radiology specialist in Pakistan.

    Subspecialty fellowship training is still at the development phase in Pakistan (2019). These institutional-based fellowships are offered in subspecialties of neuroradiology, interventional radiology, body imaging, women imaging and PET after passing FCPS/MD (radiology).

    Further information for FCPS (diagnostic radiology) is available on the CPSP website including application details.