8 postgraduates participate in Mock Exam/Preparation Course in Psychiatry at KEMU

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8 postgraduates participate in Mock Exam/
Preparation Course in Psychiatry at KEMU

By Dr. Ali Madeeh Hashmi

LAHORE: The Academic Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, King Edward Medical University organized a mock examination/preparation course for candidates appearing in the FCPS Psychiatry (Part-II) and MD, Psychiatry exam on 9th November, 2019. This was a day long activity which included seven FCPS candidates and one MD candidate from all over Lahore. Pro Vice Chancellor of King Edward Medical University, Prof. Ijaz Hussain was the chief guest at this event. He welcomed the examiners and appreciated the initiative taken by Psychiatry department to facilitate the candidates of FCPS and MD in preparation for the actual examination.

Department of Psychiatry KEMU is the only department in the Punjab conducting a mock FCPS-II exam and this was the second time this year that the exam was conducted. Professor Aftab Asif, Chairman and Head of Psychiatry Department, KEMU and Dr. Ali Madeeh Hashmi supervised the exam which included TOACS station, Long cases and Short Cases exactly on the pattern of the actual Part II FCPS exam. Heads of Psychiatry departments of five teaching hospitals of Lahore were invited to be part of the panel of examiners. This panel included distinguished names like Prof. Altaf Qadir (Lahore General Hospital), Brigadier Farrukh Saleem (Combined Military Hospital, Lahore), Dr. Sameera Bukhari (Services institute of Medical Sciences), Dr. Ayesha Rasheed (Fatima Jinnah Medical University/Sir Gangaram Hospital), Dr. Faiza Ather (Jinnah Hospital) and Colonel Nadeem Ahmed (Combined Military Hospital, Sialkot). Young consultant psychiatrists serving at various institutions at Lahore were also involved to give a fresh perspective and share their views and experiences regarding the examination. These included Dr. Usman Hotiana (KEMU), Dr. Farasat Ali (FJMU), Dr. Nabeel Ibad (SZMC), Dr. Nauman Mazhar (SIMS), Dr. Richard Howell (SIMS) and Dr. Irum Aamer (KEMU).

Candidates were assessed on 12 TOACS stations, two short cases and one long case each and were evaluated on every component of the exam. Exam scenarios, questions and answer keys had previously been developed by the team at dept. of psychiatry KEMU and presented to the examiner’s for convenience. The questions were formatted to activate higher levels of cognition.

After the exam, all the examiners and candidates were invited to give feedback about their experience. Each examiner shared their views and suggestions, explained their short comings to the candidates individually and shared useful tips for the actual exam. All the candidates expressed their gratitude at being invited to participate in this activity and felt it had been very useful. They also gave valuable suggestions to improve the format and design of mock examination for the next session in March 2020.

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