A certificate of competence in surgery at General Medical Officer Grade (2 years training)
Applications to register as a trainee must be made online through the COSECSA website in the Candidate Registration section. A registration fee of USD 400 is paid online. The application must be supported by the country representative.
All candidates must:
The two-year training:
Before sitting the MCS examination candidates must:
The examination is comprised of the following:
A written paper: two multiple choice question (MCQ) papers taken in the candidate's own country in the first week of September. Only candidates who pass the written paper will be invited to attend the clinical and oral examination.
Sample MCQ written examination questions are available here.
An objective structured clinical examination which takes place in the first week of December at a site designated by the college.
See the above video or this document for more information about the MCS examinations.
Candidates may sit the examination at the end of their second year of training. The examination fee of $500 must be paid by end of July. On receipt of the fee, candidates will be informed of the precise times dates and places for the exams. Candidates should bring their logbooks and proof of identity to the examination.
If a candidate withdraws from an exam more than 12 weeks before the exam is due, then the fee can be transferred to a later exam date. Fees are not normally returned if the candidate withdraws permanently.