Postgraduate Medical Institute (PGMI), Khyber Pakhtunkhwa fails to accommodate FCPS Part-I qualifiers
PESHAWAR: Hundreds of young doctors are destined to suffer as the Postgraduate Medical Institute (PGMI), Khyber Pakhtunkhwa has failed to accommodate all the 275 doctors who have passed the examination of Fellowship of the College of Physicians and Surgeons (FCPS) Part-I.
Around 275 doctors were declared successful in the FCPS Part-I examination. In May 2012, the PGMI advertised seats for the FCPS-II training in its affiliated teaching hospitals of the province.
The interview was scheduled for June 27. However, when the students arrived for the interview, they came to know that the PGMI would accommodate only 104 students, which led to boycott by all the candidates and the administration had to postpone the interviews.
Talking to The News, Alamgir Khan Yousafzai, president of the Young Doctors Association, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, said it was unfair on the part of the PGMI. “Why did they mention 300 seats in the prospectus when they were not going to accommodate us,” he said.
“We have been protesting for induction of trainees for the last four years. We want to solve this problem once and for all. All the passed students of FCPS-I should be accommodated without any protest or demonstration,” he said, adding that the government should devise mechanism for the purpose.
He also criticised the charges taken by the institute for registration with it for one year and prospectus fee. “The CPSP forms can be downloaded free of cost from the website while the PGMI earned money from trainees,” Alamgir stated.
The representative of young trainees said that despite their boycott of the interview no-one from the PGMI administration contacted them. “We went to meet the dean but till 12 noon he didn’t come to his office,” he added.
The trainees announced to stage protest in front of the PGMI office tomorrow (Saturday). One of the dejected candidates said: “The FCPS, Part-I, is not an easy examination and is considered one of the toughest examinations of the medical profession. But now when we have passed it, the PGMI is not allowing us to get admission in the Part-II.”
The aggrieved students questioned that if the PGMI had limited seats, why it had mentioned 300 seats in its prospectus. They said that in Punjab and other provinces, the students for FCPS, Part-II were accommodated while in our province the Health Department was least bothered.
The students said that for the last many years the entire burden of postgraduate training was on four tertiary care hospitals of the province. They criticised the Health Department for the improper training facilities in the hospitals affiliated with Gomal, Saidu and Bacha Khan medical colleges.
When contacted, PGMI Dean Prof Dr Akhtar Ali said it was an official matter and he could not discuss it with media persons. “We don’t want the issue to emerge in newspapers as it is an educational matter,” he replied bluntly.
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