medicaldoctorNews24 reports that the Colleges of Medicine of SA hopes an investigation aimed at establishing why so many students failed the recent Fellowship of the College of Surgeons (FCS) exam will be wrapped up before the end of the year.  

The CMSA started the investigation after only 15 of the 46 candidates who wrote the exam passed.  All of the candidates from the University of the Witwatersrand (Wits), University of Cape Town (UCT), University of Pretoria, Walter Sisulu University and University of the Free State (UFS) failed the exam.  Only candidates from the Sefako Makgatho Health Sciences University, University of KwaZulu-Natal (UKZN) and Stellenbosch University passed.  "We are concerned about the low pass rate – 44% - but we have instituted an investigation to look at the challenges students faced in the run up to the exams," said CMSA president Dr Flavia Senkubuge.  An internal moderation was conducted and students said it was a "fair paper".  The UFS Medical School said it was providing emotional and other support for its students.  The exam was a two-part process and the final part will be in the form of an oral exam between14 and 18 October.  Asked whether the second part of the exam should be suspended pending the outcome of the investigation, Senkubuge said that would be tantamount to pre-empting the outcome.

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