FCPS -II Mock Examination Course (Haematology)

FCPS -II Mock Examination Course (Haematology) was held at FUMC on 30th June 2021 as part of CPD / CME activity in Foundation University Islamabad. It was accredited for 06 contact hours by PMC.
The Mock Examination Course was organized by Professor Col (R) Dr. Lubna Zafar, Pathology Department, Foundation University Medical College, Islamabad.  
The organizing committee included Prof Col (R) Dr. Lubna Zafar, Dr. Madeeha Rehan, Dr. Sehar Khaliq, Dr. Attika Khalid (Focal person), Dr. Nadia Arif and Col Jawwad Anis Khan (Retd).
The course was attended by a total number of 26 candidates. All the participating candidates were post graduate residents. The participants were from different cities of the country, including Rawalpindi, Islamabad, Lahore, Peshawar, Multan and Jamshoro.  Two guest speakers were also invited for the discussion of cases.  
The Mock Examination Course addressed all the contents of FCPS (Haematology) Examinations, including morphology of malignant and benign cases, dry parts of caogulation, transfusion medicine, bone marrow trephine biopsies and hemoglobin studies.

In the morning session of Mock Examination Course (30th June 2021), the participants were given 16 morphology cases to see, make their diagnoses and report writing. Microscopes were provided to all the participants. Furthermore 9 dry cases for interpretation and calculation were given.

The afternoon session began after a short tea break. It was dedicated to the discussion of all the cases provided. Discussion on coagulation cases was carried out by guest speaker Prof Dr. Tahira Zafar consultant hematologist. It was followed by discussion by Assoc Prof Dr. Sehar khaliq and Assoc Prof Dr. Madeeha Rehan on malignant and benign morphology, respectively. Prof Brig (Retd) Dr. Nuzhat Mushahid (Guest speaker) conducted discussion on transfusion cases and approach to transfusion medicine. Professor Brig (R) Tariq Sarfraz, Consultant Histopathologist and Head of Pathology Department carried out a discussion on trephine biopsy reporting and discussed the trephine biopsy cases. Moreover, a discussion on hemoglobinopathies and its interpretative cases were done by Asst Prof Dr. Attika Khalid. Prof Dr. Lubna Zafar provided an insight into the approach to FCPS=II Examination and highlighted critical areas and points in examination.
The closing ceremony was held post discussion. The Head of pathology department Professor Brig (R) Tariq Sarfraz, Consultant Histopathologist graced the occasion as Chief Guest and distributed shields amongst the organizers. A shield was also presented to the chief guest by Prof Dr Lubna Zafar with special thanks to encourage the pathology faculty by gracing the occasion with his presence. Lunch was served at the end of the Mock examination.

The participants really liked this academic activity and hoped that such academic activities will continue and help them flourish. Their feedback was very positive and encouraging for the department.