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Surgery (MBBS): Course Outline (FCPS)

General surgery is a surgical specialty that focuses on abdominal contents including esophagus, stomach, small bowel, colon, liver, pancreas, gallbladder and bile ducts, and often the thyroid gland.

Course Outline


No academically sound institution would bank on a static curriculum. A curriculum should be documented, objective, evolving and sustainable (DOES). CPSP also endeavors to use a format which has scope for transition and yet is relevant to the needs of the time. The curriculum documented below is not rigid and all embracing. It is intended to give a holistic view of the requirements of the discipline in general. The Fellowship training program focuses on a few key pegs of viable training: knowledge, skills and attitudes. CPSP is inclined to follow an outcome based curricular format, which is a blend of behavioral and cognitive philosophies of curriculum development.

Following is a global and extensive, yet not total, list of learning outcomes recommended by the College.


The learning outcomes will all be at the application level since that is the gold standard. Therefore, the candidate will be able to:

  1. Relate how body function gets altered in disease states.
  2. Request and justify investigations and plan management for medical disorders.
  3. Assess new medical knowledge and apply it to their setting.
  4. Apply quality assurance procedures in their daily work.


Written Communication Skills

The trainee will be able to:

  1. Correctly write updated medical records, which are clear, concise and accurate.
  2. Write clear management plans, discharge summaries and letters for outpatients after referral from a colleague.
  3. Demonstrate competence in academic writing.

Verbal Communication Skills

The trainee will be able to:

  1. Establish professional relationships with patients and their relatives or caregivers in order to obtain a history, conduct a physical examination and provide appropriate management.
  2. Demonstrate usage of appropriate language in seminars, bedside sessions, outpatients and other work situations.
  3. Demonstrate the ability to communicate clearly, considerately and sensitively with patients, relatives, other health professionals and the public.
  4. Demonstrate competence in presentation skills.

Examination Skills

The trainee will be able to:

  1. Perform an accurate physical and mental state examination in complex medical problems often involving multiple systems.
  2. Interpret physical signs after physical examination so as to formulate further management plans.

Patient Management Skills

The trainee will be able to:

  1. Interpret and integrate the history and examinations findings and arrive at an appropriate differential diagnosis and final diagnosis.
  2. Demonstrate competence in problem identification, analysis and management of the problem at hand by the use of appropriate resources, interpretation of lab results and other investigations.

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