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The Colleges of Medicine of South Africa (CMSA) was founded and financed in 1954 by members of the medical profession and was registered as a non-profit making company in 1955. The CMSA is dedicated “To promote the highest degree of skill and efficiency in medical and dental practice and to cultivate the highest ethical standards and professional conduct … not for pecuniary profit, but for the betterment of humanity”.

For a brief, but more detailed overview of the CMSA click here

For answers to the most frequently asked questions click here

With the key function of acting as national examining body for medical professions in South Africa, the CMSA is unique in that it embraces 29 constituent Colleges, representing all the disciplines of medicine and dentistry. Because the CMSA has the unique structure of containing all medical and dental specialities within a single framework, it has the potential to foster aspects of medical education and medical professionalism which are common to all disciplines.

CMSA Statement on Equitable Vaccine Access

The Colleges of Medicine of South Africa (CMSA) is an institution of approximately 10 000 medical and dental specialists whose purpose is to promote the highest degree of skill, efficiency, ethical standards and professional conduct for the benefit of humanity and to promote the honour of the medical and dental profession.


Admission Ceremonies 2022
Watch on: CMSA YouTube Channel


Non-specialist emergency medicine qualifications in Africa: Lessons from the South African Diploma in Primary Emergency Care

Doctors across Africa are faced with the challenge of providing complex care under the most adverse of circumstances and with limited opportunities to upgrade their skills. Colleagues in the College of Emergency Medicine have just published experience from the Diploma in Primary Emergency Care, sharing its development and its value. This article has important lessons for other disciplines in medicine.

Read The Full Article
published in the "African Journal of Emergency Medicine

Transactions, Journal of the CMSA

Transactions, the journal of the CMSA, is published biannually.

Read the latest Transactions:
Transactions 2023 January to June

Read previous Transactions...


WBA Progress Update 2023 Webinar

Posted: 2024/02/29 11:57:16 AM

The Workplace-Based Assessment (WBA) Steering Committee presents an update on the progress made during 2023.
This webinar will be an opportunity for stakeholders to put questions to the Committee and leaders of the existing workstreams. Major plans for 2024 will also be indicated.

Knowing More about The CMSA

Posted: 2024/02/29 09:00:00 AM

There are many times we get asked questions about the CMSA. The President of the CMSA, Prof Johan Fagan has answered the most common questions in a Brief Overview of the CMSA.

Frequently asked questions about the CMSA

Posted: 2024/02/29 09:00:00 AM

There are a number of questions about the CMSA that we frequently get asked about. These include the CMSA’s transformation record, what we do besides examinations and many questions about our examinations including our methods and the fairness of exams.

College of Anaesthetists Webinar 8 March 2024

Posted: 2024/02/21 02:16:09 PM

The Paediatric Anaesthesia Education Network
Monthly case presentation and discussion

8 March 2024
2 - 3 pm

Tonsil talks:
Insights into paediatric pulmonary hypertension
Dr Piet-Theron Jansen

College of Family Physicians Webinar 14 March 2024

Posted: 2024/02/20 03:44:29 PM

Unpacking the EPAs for FM Training in South Africa: Infectious Diseases   -  Dr Ts’epo Motoshi

14 March 2024
16h00 - 17h00

CMSA Training Webinar Series: Assessment: Improving the quality of structured oral exams (SOE)

Posted: 2024/02/17 01:00:19 PM

Date:          4 March 2024
Time:         15h00 – 18h00
Venue:       Via Zoom Call Meeting
Presenter:  Professor Vanessa Burch and Dr Brian Gardner

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