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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.


“We, the women of South Africa, have come here today. We represent and we speak on behalf of hundreds of thousands of women who could not be with us. But all over the country, at this moment, women are watching and thinking of us. Their hearts are with us. We are women from every part of South Africa. We are women of every race. We come from the cities and the towns, from the reserves and the villages. We come as women united in our purpose to save the African women from the degradation of passes.” – Excerpt from the petition presented to the Union Buildings on 9 August 1956.
The CMSA is committed to transformation


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 2021 January to June

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CMSA Response to BusinessTech article quoting Profmed Chief Executive Craig Comrie

Posted: 2022/07/27 05:59:29 PM

The Colleges of Medicine of SA response to an article in BusinessTech of 21 July quoting Profmed Chief Executive Craig Comrie
27 July 2022
It behoves the Colleges of Medicine of South Africa (CMSA) to respond when harmful, loose statements are made about the medical profession and about the quality of newly qualified specialists, without supporting evidence. We refer to a report quoting Profmed CEO Craig Comrie in an article in BusinessTech on 21 July 2022. While we agree with some of the points Comrie makes, we disagree with others.

CMSA Newsletter

Posted: 2022/07/22 08:00:00 AM

Dear Colleagues,
We are excited to launch our CMSA Newsletter for members. To our knowledge, this is the first Newsletter in the CMSA’s 66-year history. It is one more platform through which we aim to keep our members informed and enthused. We trust that you will enjoy reading it.

You are welcome to send comments, contributions or suggestions for content to our Stakeholder Relations Manager,

Thank you for your continued membership.

Warm regards

Professor Eric Buch
CMSA Chief Executive Officer

College of Sport and Exercise Medicine

Posted: 2022/07/21 01:23:33 PM

College of Sport and Exercise Medicine of South Africa becomes the 29th Constituent College of the CMSA
It is with great pride and excitement that the Colleges of Medicine of South Africa (CMSA) announces the inclusion to its ranks of a 29th Constituent College, the College of Sport and Exercise Medicine of South Africa (CSEM). “We are so delighted to welcome the CSEM to the broader family of the CMSA´ says Immediate Past President of the CMSA, Prof Flavia Senkubuge. “Congratulations to our colleagues who have worked tirelessly over many years ensuring that the CSEM is a reality. The CSEM moves the needle on the human resource capacity of specialist professionals in our health system and certainly will contribute greatly in advancing our national health agenda.”


Posted: 2022/07/20 05:00:00 PM


The CMSA is looking for a partner to develop and maintain the public- facing website. The role of the website development agency is to work with the CMSA to revamp the current website to a modern and professional look and be responsible for the overall look and feel of the website.


Posted: 2022/07/20 08:00:00 AM

DATE: 19 AUGUST 2022
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