Ophthalmology | FCPS One Preparation

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Perfect Time for Preparation:

  • It depends on the individual’s capabilities, dedication, previous concepts, and current situations.
  • You can prepare at any stage. But last rotations of house job are perfect for the preparation.
  • There are a lot of doctors who prepared while doing tough jobs or managing household works.

Time Duration:

  • 3-4 months: If you are doing the job or household work and you can manage to study 5 to 6 hours daily.
  • 2 months: If you are not doing any job and you can manage to study 8-10 hours daily.

Appearing in the exam:

  • CPSP announces its annual schedule in which dates are mentioned.
  • Schedule of each attempt is notified separately.
  • These are four attempts throughout a year usually February-March, April, September-October, and November.
  • You can appear maximum in three attempts.

Passing Criteria:

  • You have to pass both papers individually i.e. 75% in each paper.
  • There is no negative marking at any stage. There is a myth that for repeaters there is negative marking, it is not true.
  • There are no specific marks for each question. It depends on the difficulty level. Some questions might be of 0.5 marks and some might be of 2 marks etc.

General Points:

General Preparation:

  • Take a paper and start plotting your preparation timeline.
  • Enlist your daily routine and job timings.
  • Mention the timings in which you will study with full concentration (Best time to do the theory part).
  • You can easily do past question MCQs at your job place, traveling, etc..
  • Now mention the timings in which you can study with partial or minimal concentration.
  • If you are doing a busy or moderately busy job or you are busy in your households, make a schedule of at least 5 to 6 hours. If you are not doing a job or a light job, make a schedule of at least 8-10 hours.
  • Choose a list of books which you are going to read. This selection should be according to your schedule, consistency level, mode of study and revision schemes. Doing theory and past questions is a must. Choose books for theory and past questions after consultation with your seniors. I will also mention books for each subject.
  • Usually, there are two strategies. Some students prepare the theory first and do past questions in the end. Some students prepare theory and past questions side by side. You can adopt as per your choice.
  • Paper – I is the same for all specialties and paper – II is specialty specific.
  • Books for preparation of paper – I should be selected according to the paper – II. I will explain it in each specialty.
  • Read the syllabus first. Some topics can be done from different books.

Ophthalmology

You will need the following books

Anatomy:

  • Anatomy: Mini Snell except for Head and Neck Portion (Do it from Big snell)
  • Kaplan Neuroanatomy Portion

Physiology:

  • BRS Physiology / Kaplan Physiology (which one you like)

Pathology:

  • General Pathology chapters from BRS or Pathoma

Eye:

  • Osama Notes.
  • Clinical Anatomy of the Eye (Snell)
  • Ophthalmology by John Ferris or Frank Newel (For Physio and Pharma)
  • Important: Do important topics mentioned in CPSP syllabus from clinical anatomy of eye (snell) and Basic Sciences in Ophthalmology by John Ferris.

Notes:

  • USMLE First Aid
  • Tanveer Notes
  • Osama Notes
  • Fast Aid notes by Dr. Rafi or FCPS notes by Dr. Naseem Sherzad (You need to choose one of these)

Past Questions:

  • Radiant Notes MCQs by Dr. Rafi
  • Rabia Ali MCQs
  • Medcoffee or SK Golden files (You can choose one of these. Important: If are doing Radiant Notes MCQs and Rabia Ali, you can easily skip these. If you don’t have the latest version of these books then add SK vol. III only for latest material)

Important Links:

Important: There are some mistakes in each MCQ book. These mistakes are usually typographical so you may need errata of some books.

 Preparation:

 Theory Books:

  • 10-13 days: All chapters of Snell’s anatomy (Head and Neck from big snell) with Rabia Ali MCQs from each chapter. Consider General anatomy and Histology from Fast Aid notes by Dr. Rafi.
  • 3-4 days: Kaplan Neuroanatomy Portion with Rabia Ali MCQs.
  • 7 days: BRS Physiology (7 chapters) with Rabia Ali MCQs.
  • 5 days: General Pathology: BRS Patho / Pathoma (General chapters only) with Rabia Ali MCQs from each chapter.
  • 3-5 days: Osama Notes
  • 10-15 days: Important topics (as mentioned in CPSP official syllabus) from snell eye anatomy and basic sciences by John Ferris / Frank Newel
  • Now start First aid. First do all the systems i.e. CVS, Gastrointestinal etc. It will take around 10 days. It will cover your anatomy, physiology, special pathology, embryology and pharmacology of the relevant chapter. (These chapters can be also be done from Fast Aid by Rafi. You need to do it from one book)
  • Histology, Biostatistics, Behavioral sciences, general pathology can be done from first aid or fast aid in one to two days with Rabia Ali MCQs.
  • Microbiology from first aid can take some time and might be frustrating also. So, you can do it side by side. It usually takes 5 to seven days with Rabia Ali MCQs.
  • 10 days for

Notes and MCQs:

  • By now you have done Rabia Ali MCQs
  • Start Tanveer Notes now and do one to two sessions daily.
  • Start Radiant Notes (MCQs) by Dr. Rafi. (It is good because of few errors and repetition of MCQs). It can be done in 10 days.
  • Do Golden file 7 from SK vol. III for latest exam material.

If you have short time then preparing the following books will help you a lot.

  • Osama Notes
  • Short Notes of John Ferris and Topics covered in CPSP syllabus
  • Fast Aid by Dr. Rafi.
  • Radiant Notes MCQs by Dr. Rafi
  • Tanveer Notes
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