FCD EXAM OVERVIEW
The FC PSYCH (Fellowship of the College of Psychiatrists of South Africa) comprises Part I and Part II.
Part II must be passed within six years of passing Part I and within 36 months of completing registrar training time (defined as 48 months).
FC PSYCH PART I EXAM:
The Part I examination is a written examination consisting of:
- 2 x written papers, 3 hours each
- Paper 1: Clinical Neurosciences (Neuro-anatomy and Psychopharmacology – 50 questions, Neurophysiology and Genetics – 50 questions)
- Paper 2: Introduction to Psychiatry – 50 questions and Psychology/Behavioural Sciences – 50 questions
- The 2 papers will be in short answer format and may include single best answers (SBAs), multiple choice questions (MCQs), extended matching questions (EMQs) and very short answer questions
Each paper must be individually passed and candidates will need to write both papers in one examination sitting and pass both papers. No carry-over will be possible. The examination will be administered electronically on the Speedwell System for which computer literacy is essential.
For admission to Part I of the examination the candidate must:
– hold a post-internship qualification to practise medicine and have full registration with the Health Professions Council of South Africa (i.e. must have completed 1 year of community service post-internship)
– the CMSA Senate, through its Examination and Credentials Committee, will review all applications for admission to the examination.