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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”. To this end we continuously strive to improve on our support of, and increase our investment in, the structure and function of health care services and our medical professionals.

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
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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.

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published in the "African Journal of Emergency Medicine

Transactions, Journal of the CMSA

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

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Transactions 2023 January to June

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Job Advertisement: CEO CMSA

Posted: 2023/11/30 11:04:38 PM

Interested applicants should send a covering letter detailing their strategy for the CMSA, detailed Curriculum Vitae, copies of academic qualifications and names of three contactable referees to: Mr. Jerome Davies, Colleges of Medicine of South Africa NPC (CMSA), Private Bag X23, Braamfontein, 2017 or via email to:

Closing date for applications: 31 January 2024

Anouncement: CMSA AGM 2023

Posted: 2023/10/15 10:12:07 PM

The CMSA AGM will take place In-Person at the CMSA Cape Town Offices at 17 Milner Road, Rondebosch, Cape Town and by videoconference from 08:30 am to 11:00 am on Friday 27 October 2023 via zoom link

College of Public Health Medicine participates at PHASA 2023

Posted: 2023/08/31 02:21:20 PM

PHASA 2023 will be held at the Boardwalk Convention Centre in Gqeberha on 10-13 September 2023. The College of Public Health Medicine (CPHM) of the CMSA will be actively participating with an oral presentation on the role of curriculum review in improving public health practice and outcomes on 11 September and two workshops and an organised session on 10 September 2023. The Pholela Lecture will be delivered on 12 September by Dr Waasila Jassat.

CMSA Launches Scientific Online Journal

Posted: 2023/08/16 02:52:17 PM

In an exciting development, the Colleges of Medicine of South Africa, in collaboration with the South African Committee of Deans, launched its first scientific journal in July 2023. The brainchild of CMSA President, Prof Johan Fagan, the Journal of the Colleges of Medicine of South Africa (JCMSA) is a peer reviewed medical and dental journal.

Mandela Day 18 July 2023

Posted: 2023/07/18 04:39:55 PM

Honoring the legacy of a giant whose remarkable life is celebrated globally in an outpouring of goodwill, kindness, and reconciliation.

Today we remember Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela (Madiba), South Africa’s greatest leader whose remarkable life has become a global inspiration.

CMSA Admission Ceremony 31 May 2023

Posted: 2023/05/30 12:34:49 PM

The Colleges of Medicine of South Africa (CMSA) will proudly admit 594 new members to its ranks during the Johannesburg Admission Ceremony hosted at the Rhema Bible Church North on Wednesday, 31 May 2023. The event will be live-streamed and links to view will be made available.
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