FAQs about CPSP Synopsis

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Q: Why should I write a synopsis or dissertation?

A: Submission of synopsis / Protocol on a chosen topic, its approval from Research and Training Monitoring Cell (RTMC), CPSP, and preparing a dissertation, acceptable to the College, is mandatory for all candidates aspiring to appear in the FCPS-II theory, clinical and oral examination.

Q: When should I submit my synopsis?

A: Synopsis should be submitted:

  • Within six months of commencement of training in the main specialty.
  • OR within six months of commencement of sub-specialty training.
  • In all cases, it should be submitted during the 1st year of training in specialty or six months of starting the subspecialty training.

Q: When should I start research work?

A: Research work (data collection) should be started after the approval of synopsis on the selected topic. Data collection must be after the approval of synopsis during the training period of the candidate. A dissertation based on retrospective studies (data collection) is not acceptable.

Q: I am FCPS Part-II trainee, I want to know what can I submit papers in lieu of the dissertation?

A: A trainee may submit two papers published in indexed journals (Index Medicus), as first or second author, in lieu of the dissertation.

  • The trainee must submit a separate synopsis for each paper. The format of these synopses will be similar to those submitted for the dissertation.
  • The copies of published papers, if published in national journal or letter of acceptance if submitted to international journals must be submitted to RTMC & Examinations at least three months before the date of examination.

Q: How should a trainee select a topic of the synopsis?

A: The topic must be selected, in consultation with the supervisor and the topics of dissertation synopsis posted on the website making sure that the topic has not been over-studied or research on the same aspect repeatedly done or being duplicated by some other trainee in the institute.

Q: Is there any training/workshop on dissertation writing?

A: It is mandatory that the trainee attended the ‘Research Methodology, Biostatistics & Dissertation Writing (RMBDW)’ workshop before writing a synopsis.

Q: Is retrospective data collection allowed?
A: Retrospective data collection (data collected prior to the approval of synopsis) is not allowed. Data collection must be after the approval of synopsis, during the training period of the candidate. A dissertation based on retrospective studies (data collection) will be rejected.

Q: Can two trainees in the same institute conduct study on the same topic?

A: Study on the same topic with the same objectives cannot be conducted by any other trainee in the same institute similarly frequently used topics are to avoided unless a completely difficult aspect is being observed.

Q: What are the rules for the submission of papers in lieu of a dissertation?

A: A trainee may submit two papers published in the indexed journal (Index Medicus), as first or second author, in lieu of the dissertation.

  • The trainee must submit a separate synopsis for each paper as soon as possible during the training period
  • The format of these synopses will be similar to those submitted for the dissertation.
  • In case of unavoidable delay, it should be submitted at least 6 months prior to the call of applications for FCPS-II examination the trainee desires to take.
  • The trainee should proceed with the research work only after the approval of these synopses.
  • CPSP realizes that the publication in the international journal may take longer than in national journals. Therefore if the articles(s) has (have) been submitted to an international journal, a letter of acceptance will suffice.

Summary:

  • The research work or study must be started after receiving the approval of synopsis/research protocol from the RTMC, CPSP.
  • The research work or study must be planned in such a way that the entire study, including dissertation writing, is completed during the training period.
  • The time period between approval of synopsis and submission of the dissertation must be at least six months or duration of the study.
  • The dissertation must be submitted at least six months before the end of the training period which is duly registered with the RTMC. Strict compliance with this rule is essential.
  • Retrospective data collection is not allowed. The entire study should be conducted during the training period of the candidate.
  • The topic and research methodology must be the same as laid down in the synopsis/research protocol approved by the RMTC, CPSP.
  • Source: CPSP Official Website. Link: https://www.cpsp.edu.pk/synopsis

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