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New Medals for FC Path(SA) Chem Part 1 and 2

Posted: 2021/03/03 10:30:00 AM

Prof Tahir PillayWith the key function of acting as the national examining body for medical specialists in South Africa, the CMSA strives to promote the highest degree of skill and efficiency in medical and dental practice. Medals are awarded in various specialities to recognise distinguished results in the CMSA examinations. These medals and awards are made possible by donations and endowments from benefactors. Two new medals have now been added to reward exceptional candidates in Chemical Pathology.

The T.S Pillay Medal, endowed by Professor Tahir Pillay, will be awarded to the candidate who attains the top marks in the FC Path(SA) Chem Part 1 examination, subject to them obtaining a distinction in both papers. The SAACB Medal, endowed by the South African Association for Clinical Biochemistry and Laboratory Medicine, will be awarded to the top candidate in the FC Path(SA) Part 2 examination, subject to their overall mark being a distinction.

Prof Pillay, who served on the Council of the College of Pathologists from 2011-2020  and as a CMSA examiner /  convenor from 2014 - 2020, believes that the introduction of the two new medals will encourage candidates to strive to achieve greater excellence and that this will translate into enhanced skills in the specialty.

Throughout his career, Prof Pillay has actively supported both examiners and candidates in their preparations for examinations.  He was involved in the Royal College of Pathologists London examinations from 1998-2005 and ran examination preparation workshops at the University of Nottingham for candidates. He has also regularly conducted Chemical Pathology examination workshops for registrars across South Africa since 2014. 

The CMSA wishes to extend its gratitude to Prof Pillay and the South African Association for Clinical Biochemistry and Laboratory Medicine, for their generous donations and support.

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