Fellowship Examinations

Last updated on 23 June 2017: Revised protocol approval form

 

(updated on 13 June 2017: Announcement of HK CASC Exam 2017)

(updated on 26 May 2017: Pass list of Mid-year Part II Exam 2017)

(updated on 11 May 2017: Revised HKCPsych Part II and Part III Exam Guideline, please note that the changes in Part III will start in 2017 year-end exam while the changes in Part II will start in 2018 mid-year exam)

(updated on 7 March 2017:  External examiner of the mid-year Fellowship Examination 2017)

(updated on 14 Februaty 2017:  mid-year Part II , year-end Part I, Part II & Part III fellowship examinations, exam timetable and application forms)

(updated on 29 Dec 2016: Contact information of Secretaries of BOE)

(updated on 9 Dec 2016: Pass List of Year-end Fellowship Examinations 2016 )
(updated on 14 October 2016: Administration charge of handling application with insufficient postage)

(updated on 1 September 2016: Exam dates of Part III Fellowship Examinations)

(updated on 14 June 2016: Announcement of HK CASC Exam 2016)

(updated on 30 May 2016: External examiners of the year-end Fellowship Examination 2016)

(updated on 27 May 2016: Pass List of Mid-year Part II Exam 2016)

(updated on 8 Mar 2016 External examiner of the mid-year Fellowship Examination 2016)

(updated on 16 Feb 2016 Exam dates of Part III Fellowship Examinations)

(updated on 3 Feb 2016: mid-year Part II , year-end Part I, Part II & Part III Fellowship Examinations and exam timetable)

 

 

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The revised Fellowship Examination fees are as follows:

 

♦ Part I HKCPsych Fellowship Examination = HK$8,000 

♦ Part II HKCPsych Fellowship Examination = HK$9,000 

♦ Part III HKCPsych Fellowship Examination = HK$10,000

 


Notification of Exemption from sitting Written Papers of the FHKCPsych Part I and Part II Examination

 

Starting from 2015, the written papers of paper 1, 2 and 3 of the Royal College of Psychiatrists (RCPsych) Membership Examination will change to Paper A and Paper B.  Listed below are the updating exemption from sitting the FHKCPsych Part I and Part II examination for your information:

For Part I Exam:

Candidates holding a valid pass in Paper 1 & Paper 2 / Paper A (i) & Paper A (ii) can apply the exemption of  FHKCPsych Part I Exam

For Part II Exam:

Candidates holding a valid pass in Paper 3 / Paper B can apply the exemption of  FHKCPsych Part II written Exam


 HK Clinical Assessment of Skills and Competencies (CASC) 2017

 ( icon Joint Colleges Announcement 2017)

 The next Clinical Assessment of Skills and Competencies (CASC) of the Royal College of Psychiatrists will be held in Hong Kong on 24th and 25th October 2017. Application forms will be available for download from the Royal College website by 31th July 2017  (www.rcpsych.ac.uk). The opening date for receipt of applications is 31th July 2017. The closing date for receipt of applications is the 18th August 2017, applications should be sent to the Royal College.

 

This examination will be run subject to a minimum of 16 candidates in accordance with the "Eligibility Criteria and Regulations for the MRCPsych Written Papers and MRCPsych CASC". If there are insufficient applicants for the Hong Kong centre MRCPsych CASC, applicant may apply to sit the CASC in the UK in January 2018.

 


Pass List of the Hong Kong Clinical Assessment of Skills and Competencies (CASC) Exam 2016:

 http://www.rcpsych.ac.uk/traininpsychiatry/examinations/latestpasslist.aspx

 

For Part III FHKCPsych Exam:

 

1. Candidates have to submit 4 copies of their dessertation. Dissertation should be sent to the College Secretariat (Room 906, 9/F, Hong Kong Academy of Medicine Jockey Club Building, 99 Wong Chuk Hang Road, Aberdeen) by post bearing a post office chop dated no later than 30 September or by hand no later than 5:00 p.m. on 30 September.

 

2. Certified true copies of "ethic approval" and "application for project approval" should be enclosed in the dissertation on submission.

 

3. Candidates have to retain the raw data of their research projects for at least three calendar years after the examination for possible inspection. Raw data include soft or digital data, hard copy of data, questionnaires and consent forms if applicable.

 


 Banking period for examination exemption

 

The Board of Examiner has decided to remove the restriction on the eighteen months "banking period" for exemptions from sitting certain components of the examinations. Candidates who have passed Paper 1 & 2 of the Royal College of Psychiatrists (MRCPsych) Examination may be exempted from sitting the two papers of the Part I examination; candidates who have passed Paper 3 of the MRCPsych Examination may be exempted from sitting the paper of the Part II examination; and candidates who have passed Clinical Assessment of Skills and Competencies (CASC) of the MRCPsych Examination may be exempted from sitting the PMP of the Part II examination. Candidates, when applying for Fellowship Examinations, can apply for exemption from the respective examinations provided that they are in the training scheme and have satisfied their respective training requirements.

 


 Use of previous publications for Part III Fellowship Examination

 

Candidates can use their previous publications for Part III Fellowship Examination. However, the time lapse from the date of publication to the date of examination must not be longer than 5 calendar years.

 


 Administrative charge for re-issuing letter/document by Board of Examiners

Due to extra administrative efforts for follow up examination application, an administrative charge of HKD 200 would be charged for re-issuing each copy of letter/document by the Board of Examiners.

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Administration charge of handling application with insufficient postage

The College has been receiving underpaid postage notes from the Hong Kong Post Office. Due to extra administrative efforts for handling the underpaid mails, an administrative charge of HKD 200 would be charged for handling mails with insufficient postage by the Board of Examiners, and processing will not be done unless the sender has settled the surcharge, which will include the amount charged by Post Office and the HKD$200 administration fee.

 

 

Chief Examiner of the Board of Examiners: Dr Eric Cheung

Chairman of the Board of Examiners: Dr Wing-king Lee

 


Secretary of the Board of Examiners:

 

Dr. Chan Lap Kei 
c/o
Kwai Chung Hospital

3-15 Kwai Chung Hospital Road
Kwai Chung
HONG KONG

Tel:  2959 8822  Fax: 2959 8717

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The College holds Parts I, II and III of Fellowship Examinations annually, usually at the latter part of the year.  An additional mid-year Part II Fellowship Examination had been introduced since 2010.  Please contact the following persons for details.

Part I Exam: Part II Exam: Part III Exam:

Dr. Yip Pui Lam
Tel : 2871 8776 
Fax : 2870 1391 

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Kwai Chung Hospital

3-15 Kwai Chung Hospital Road 

Kwai Chung

HONG KONG

Dr Chan Cheuk Chi
Tel : 2871 8776 
Fax : 2870 1391

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Kwai Chung Hospital

3-15 Kwai Chung Hospital Road

Kwai Chung

HONG KONG

Dr Chan Lap Kei
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Kwai Chung Hospital

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Kwai Chung

HONG KONG 


Syllabus for General Psychiatric Training of the Hong Kong College of Psychiatrists (2010)

Part I Examination

The Part I examination shall consist of the followings:

1.       

Each paper consists of multiple choice questions (MCQs) and extended matching items (EMIs).  Each paper contains 200 questions, and is to be answered in 3 hours.  No marks will be deducted for incorrect responses. The papers may cover the followings:  

 

a.

Neuroscience (aspects of neuroanatomy, neurophysiology and neuropathology sufficient for competent neurological examination and diagnosis)

·    The basic concepts in the physiology of receptors, neurons and synapses.

·     An elementary knowledge of the most important metabolic processes within  the cells of the nervous system and the principal mechanisms by which these processes are controlled.

·     Principles involved in transmission between cells of the nervous system, including a basic understanding of membranes and receptors.

·    General principles of the physiology of emotion, perception, sexual behaviour  and aggression, and such factual aspects as having relevance to psychiatry.

·    The development and localization of cerebral functions, and their relevance to  the effects of injury to, and the disease of, the brain.

·    A basic understanding of the neuroendocrine system and its relevance to  psychiatry.

·    A basic knowledge of the physiology of arousal and sleep and an elementary  understanding of the physiological basis of the electroencephalogram (EEG).

  b.

Psychology and social studies

 

·      Human psychological development with an emphasis on the periods of childhood, adolescence and old age. This subject includes the study of attachment and bonding, and psychosexual and gender role development. It also includes an understanding of the contribution of ethnology to the study of normal and abnormal development.

 

·      Basic psychological processes in the adult, with particular reference to perception, learning, remembering, motivation and emotion.

 

·      An understanding of the concepts of social class, role and stigma; the application of these ideas to psychiatry (including sick role and illness behaviour) and their variations between cultural groups.

 

·       An elementary knowledge of the sociology of the family, other social groups and institutions; variations in these social structures in other cultural groups; basic concepts concerned with the administration of institutions and services.

 

·      A broad understanding of the relation of the profession and practice of medicine to society in this and other countries.

 

c.

Clinical psychopharmacology (to the extent that the candidate should be competent in the prescription of drugs in psychiatry)

·       The pharmacology of neurotransmitter and substances which modify neurotransmission.

·       A basic knowledge of the mode of action of the groups of drugs used in the practice of psychiatry; placebo responses.

·       A broad understanding of the uses of these drugs and their adverse effects.

·       A broad knowledge of research methodology for drug trials.

 

d.

Descriptive and explanatory psychopathology

Includes principles of psychiatric nosology, phenomenology of psychiatry, personality, developmental and environmental influences which can cause and shape signs and symptoms.

 

e.

General adult psychiatry

·        Assessment of patients encountered in General Adult Psychiatry

·       Integrating information in clinical assessment with recognition of the need for further examination, information and/or investigations.

·       Diagnosis and classification

·       Aetiology and treatment

 
2.       

Trainee Casebook

 

The Trainee Casebook is a trainee-owned document consisting of formal documentations (by specified forms) of assessment of trainee competency through workplace-based clinical assessments which have been satisfactorily completed.  The Trainee Casebook also serves as a formative tool to facilitate feedback between the supervisor and the trainee. The Trainee Casebook helps to document areas of strengths and weaknesses in an individual trainee, and helps to focus on areas that require special attention. Please refer to the separate guide on “Trainee Casebook” (2010 edition) for updated requirements.

 

 

 

 

 


 

Part II Examination

The Part II examination shall consist of the followings:

1.                The paper consists of multiple choice questions (MCQs) and extended matching items (EMIs).  It contains 200 questions, and is to be answered in 3 hours.  No marks will be deducted for incorrect responses. The paper may cover the followings:  
 

a. 

Neuroscience (aspects of neuroanatomy, neurophysiology and neuropathology)

 

b. 

Psychology and social studies

 

c.  

Clinical psychopharmacology

 

d. 

General Adult Psychiatry

  • The assessment and management of psychiatric disorders in their clinical and community aspects.
  • Aspects of general medicine as applied to psychiatry.
 

e. 

Genetics

  • A basic knowledge of genes, chromosomes, cell division and the principles of inheritance.
  • A general understanding of the principal kinds of inherited abnormality encountered in the practice of psychiatry (including work with the mentally handicapped)
  • The principles of family, twin and adoption studies, with appropriate clinical examples.
 

f.

Epidemiology

  • The concepts of incidence, prevalence, and population at risk.
  • The principles of classification of disease, and the problems encountered in classifying psychiatric disorders.
  • Definition of cases, screening techniques, the production of morbidity statistics, and the use and limitations of case registers.
  • A broad understanding of the uses of epidemiological methods in psychiatric research.
 

g. 

Statistics and research methods

  • The principles of medical statistics, including concepts and methods which have a bearing on clinical measurement and on the understanding, evaluation, and planning of epidemiological enquiries and therapeutic trials. This requirement will include an understanding of concepts of scale, sampling methods, frequency distributions and applications of probability theory to test the significance of differences, including non-parametric methods. (Details of computing procedures need not be known).
  • Psychometrics: the statistical basis of theoretical concepts and scientific inference in psychiatry; the main principles underlying different forms of multivariate analysis, and their applications and recognized misapplications.
  • A broad knowledge of research methodology for drug trials.
 

h.

Theories, principles and practice of psychiatry in the following areas of sub-specialties:

·        Old age psychiatry

·        Substance misuse

·        Forensic psychiatry

·        Child and adolescent psychiatry

·        Learning disability

·        Psychotherapy

·       Sexology

 

i.

Basic medical ethics and legal aspects relevant to the practice of psychiatry

 

Clinical psychiatry shall include the followings:

 

i.     Theories, principles and practice of psychiatry.

ii.    Aspects of general medicine as applied to psychiatry.

iii.   The assessment and management of psychiatric disorders in children, adults and the elderly in their clinical and community aspects.

iv.   The psychiatry of mental handicap.

v.    Forensic psychiatry.

vi.   Psychotherapy.

vii.  Substance misuse.

viii.  Aspects of epidemiology relevant to psychiatry.

ix.   History of psychiatry.   

2.

Individual Patient Assessment (IPA)
Candidates will be expected to examine a patient or patients with disorder(s) from any aspect of clinical psychiatry in one hour.  General medical or neurological disorders having substantial psychiatric aspects may be included.

The interview with the examiners will occupy a maximum of 30 minutes.  Discussion will generally cover each of the following topics:

   

a.   Assessment
The candidate's overall view of the patient deriving from salient features in the history; the findings on examination; the diagnosis and differential diagnosis; the supposed aetiological factors.

b.   Management
Further enquiries and investigations.

c.   Treatment
Short-term and long-term biological and sociopsychological treatment (including the part that would be played by other members of the psychiatric team, and by the family).

d.   Prognosis
Review of possible outcomes.
The examiners may raise general clinical or scientific questions stemming from consideration of the particular patient. At some stage, the candidate will be asked to conduct a brief interview of the patient and/or the informant in the presence of the examiners.
Candidates are not expected to carry out a physical examination as a routine but should do so if prompted by their observations during the clinical interview. The necessary instruments and facilities will be available.
 

3.

Patient Management Problems (PMP) The PMP oral examination will consist of an interview of 30 minutes with a second pair of examiners. Questions may be asked on any aspect of psychiatric disorders and their management.

4.             

Trainee Casebook

  The Trainee Casebook is a trainee-owned document consisting of formal documentations (by specified forms) of assessment of trainee competency through workplace-based clinical assessments which have been satisfactorily completed.  The Trainee Casebook also serves as a formative tool to facilitate feedback between the supervisor and the trainee. The Trainee Casebook helps to document areas of strengths and weaknesses in an individual trainee, and helps to focus on areas that require special attention. Please refer to the separate guide on “Trainee Casebook” (2010 edition) for exemption criteria and updated requirements.
 

 

 

 

 


 

Part III Examination

This part shall consist of a dissertation on a research project carried out by the candidate.  Eighteen months before the examination the candidate must submit to the Board of Examiners for her approval a title and a brief outline of the research proposal, supported by an appropriate and qualified supervisor and by the Hospital Chief Executive or Chief of Service of the hospital where the project is going to be conducted, attesting that the appropriate facilities are available.  The application must be made using the specified form (Application for Project Approval) which can be downloaded from this webpage and is to be completed preferably typewritten.  The candidate still has to apply to sit for the Part III examination in the year when the dissertation is submitted.

On or before the specified deadline, the candidate must submit to the Board of Examiners four identical typewritten copies of the dissertation, which is of not less than 6,000 words and not more than 10,000 words (excluding bibliography).  The dissertation must be signed and approved by the supervisor and shall be presented with the following headings: summary of findings, introduction, literature review, methodology, results, discussion, and conclusions.  The documentation style of the whole dissertation should comply with that of the Publication Manual of the American Psychology Association (APA).

The Board of Examiners shall appoint three examiners for each candidate.  The examiners must not be from the same institution in which the candidate is working at the time he/she carried out the research project.  The Chief Examiner has the discretion to enlist a fourth examiner, who has scholarly expertise relevant to a candidate's dissertation topic in the Part III examination, as an additional member to the three member panel of examiners for the respective candidate.

The examiners shall assess the quality of the dissertation based on: the methodology, literature review, conclusions and discussion.

To pass the Part III examination, the candidate must have submitted a satisfactory dissertation and must have satisfied the examiners in an oral examination on the various aspects of his/her dissertation.

The Hong Kong College of Psychiatrists

Fellowship Examinations Time Table for 2017

FHKC Psych
Examination

Deadline for
Exam Application

Written Paper(s)
Examination

Clinical (oral)
Examination

Fee
(HK$)

Examination
Application Form

Pass List

Part I (Guide) 

Part I candidates guides revised_May 2011  

Casebook guidelines icon   

Casebook assessment form icon  

Written Exam (Guide) Written Exam (Guide) 

 31 July 2017

22 November 2017

Deadline for

casebook

submission (soft copy)

to the Education

Committee:

30 June

8,000

Application Form 

Part I icon

Part II  icon

Part III  icon 

 

Sample fill-outs icon

 Tutor sponsor letter icon 


 

Mid-year Part II

Fellowship Exam

Pass List 

2017

icon Pass list of Mid-year Part II Exam 2017

 

Part II (Guide)  

icon applicable to candidates sitting the Part II exam in 2017

 icon  applicable to candidates sitting the Part II exam from 2018 onwards 

Written Exam (Guide)  Written Exam (Guide)

Diet 1: 15 March 2017

Diet2: 31 July 2017

Diet 1: 18 May 2017

Diet 2: 23 November 2017

 

Diet 1: 23-24 May 2017

Diet 2: 28-30 Nov 2017

9,000

 

 

 Part III (Guide)

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*changes of examination results

will start in 2017

 

31 July 2017

Deadline for
dissertation submission
to College Secretariat:
30 September
2017 5pm

 1, 4-6 December 2017

10,000

Application for
Project
Approval

icon icon 

Submission deadline for

sitting in FHKCPsych

Part III examination in 2018:

30 June 2017

 

 

 
 
  • The results of the Part II examination (Diet 1) will be released on 26 May 2017.  The results of the Part I, II (Diet 2) and Part III examinations will be released on 8 December 2017 on this webpage.
  • Please send a cheque of the examination fee, payable to "The Hong Kong College of Psychiatrists Ltd", together with your application form directly to the College Secretariat.  The fee is not refundable after the deadline of application; for exceptional cases, candidates can write to the Board of Examiners for individual consideration.           
  • Application forms can be downloaded from this webpage.
  • For Part III Examination 2017, only 2 categories of candidates are eligible for application : (1) candidates sitting for Part III examination for the first time : they have submitted their dissertation protocol for approval on or before 30 June 2016, and the protocol was subsequently approved, and (2) candidates who have sat for Part III examination before :  they have submitted their dissertation protocol for approval on or before 30 June 2017, and the protocol is subsequently approved.
  • (Updated on 22 June 2009)  In order that trainees are protected in terms of being able to complete all the training requirements for fellowship before the end of their 6 years of professional training, starting from 2009 applicants for Part III Examination have to ask their tutors to acknowledge in writing with a specified form (“tutor sponsor letter” in the table above) to the Education Committee on the fulfillment of training requirements for fellowship.

 

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