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 in South Africa and across the African Continent.
To this end we keep abreast with all factors that affect medical specialists globally and continually endeavour to establish collaboration with International and African medical colleges to better serve and represent CMSA members in the international medical specialist arena.
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.
The CMSA was able to continue offering examinations via videoconferencing to medical doctors during the COVID-19 pandemic by completely transforming and re-engineering its examination processes, proudly adding 3187 new members to its ranks during the pandemic. The new modality of offering was well received by CMSA candidates and the CMSA leadership is committed to continually improve and evolve this process to better serve the medical specialist community.
As a registered Non-profit Organisation (NPO) with a voluntary annual members’ subscription fee, the CMSA currently has 11 288 active members (Sub-Specialists: 376, Specialists: 7 203, Diplomates: 3 709).