medicaldoctorThe Star reports that an investigation is to be launched to look into whether there was anything irregular in the final examination that has been “shockingly” failed by all would-be surgeons from five universities.  

All candidates from Wits University, University of Cape Town, University of Pretoria, Walter Sisulu University and University of the Free State who received their Fellowship of the College of Surgeons (FCS) exam results a week ago failed.  The FCS exams are administered by the Colleges of Medicine of SA (CMSA), which ensures that universities produce quality medical graduates.  Only candidates from the University of KwaZulu-Natal, Sefako Makgatho Health Sciences University and Stellenbosch University passed the exams.  Out of 46 candidates from eight universities that wrote the FCS, only 15 passed.  The 10 candidates from UKZN all passed and so did the two from SMU, while three from SU obtained the pass mark.  The 31 failed candidates won’t be invited to the oral exam to be held later in October, which is the ultimate step to becoming a professional surgeon.  Dr Flavia Senkubuge, president of the CMSA indicated on Sunday:  “What we’re going to institute is a full investigation into the exams.  The idea of the full investigation is not just to look at an exam itself.  It’s to look at things much broader.”  But the probe plans have been preceded by a row that has included allegations of question paper leaks, racism and that the FCS was structurally flawed.

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