WACS begins registration for 2020 October exams

The management of the WEST AFRICAN COLLEGE OF SURGEONS (WACS) ,4 Harvey Road, Yaba, Lagos, Nigeria, has announced the sale of forms for the  OCTOBER 2020 PRIMARY, DA, MEMBERSHIP/PARTS I & FELLOWSHIP/PART II EXAMINATIONS

Note: Candidates that have been approved for April 2020 do not need to apply for October 2020 examinations again as both examinations will be conducted in October 2020
The October 2020 Fellowship examinations of the West African College of Surgeons (WACS), in the Faculties of Anaesthesia, Dental Surgery, Obstetrics and Gynaecology, Ophthalmology, Otorhinolaryngology (ORL), Radiology and Surgery, will hold from 14th October to 29th October 2020

For all levels of application, log on to www.wacscoac.org and follow the step by step procedure for online applications.
The Primary examinations will hold on Friday 16th & Saturday 17th October 2020 in nine (9) centres as follows:
1 JAMB CBT Centre, Ikolaba, Ibadan, Nigeria
2. JAMB CBT Centre, Kogo, Bwari, Abuja, Nigeria
3. Charles Easman building, College of Health Sciences, Korle Bu/Korle-Bu Teaching Hospital (KBTH), Accra, Ghana
4. IMT Digital Learning Mgt Centre (DLMC) Opp. Fine & Applied Arts, Campus 3, Independence Layout, Enugu Nigeria
5. Inst. of Distance Learning (IDL) computer Lab, Casely Hayford building (Destiny Hall) KNUST, Kumasi/Komfo Anokye Teaching Hospital, Kumasi, Ghana
6. Connaught Hospital, Freetown, Sierra Leone
7. Edward Francis Small Teaching Hospital (EFSTH) Banjul, The Gambia
8. The Medical College Campus Auditorium near the St. Joseph’s Catholic Hospital, Monrovia, Liberia
9. Hospital General De Grand Yoff, Dakar, Senegal
Primary examinations for all Faculties shall be by Computer Based Test (CBT). Further information on the venues of the CBT shall be announced later via www.wacscoac.org.

REQUIREMENTS FOR PRIMARY EXAMINATIONS
1. MBBS/ BDS certificate from a recognized university
2. Full registration certificate with Medical and Dental Council of your country (Receipt of payment for full registration or provisional registration or annual practicing license is NOT acceptable).
3. Certification page (to be downloaded from the website, filled and submitted online)
4. Evidence of a change of name (where applicable)

DIPLOMA IN ANESTHESIA EXAMINATION CENTRES
1. University College Hospital (UCH) Ibadan, Nigeria
2. Korle-Bu Teaching Hospital (KBTH)Accra, Ghana
Note that Diploma in Anaesthesia written & clinicals examinations will be conducted SIMULTANEOUSLY in the 2 (TWO) centres above.
REQUIREMENTS FOR DIPLOMA IN ANAESTHESIA
{Diploma in Anaesthesia multiple choice examinations shall be by Computer Based Test (CBT)}
1. Completion of the requisite twelve (12) months training in Anaesthesia in an accredited institution.
2. Photocopy of APPROVED LOGBOOK / PORTFOLIO to be submitted to the College Secretariat.
3. Certification page (to be downloaded from the website, filled, and submitted online)
4. Evidence of a change of name (where applicable)

MEMBERSHIP (PART I) EXAMINATION CENTRES
1. University College Hospital (UCH) Ibadan, Nigeria
2. Korle-Bu Teaching Hospital (KBTH)Accra, Ghana
3. National Hospital, Abuja/University of Abuja Teaching Hospital, Abuja, Nigeria
Note that Membership/Part I written & clinicals examinations in ALL faculties will be conducted SIMULTANEOUSLY in the 3 (THREE) centres above.
All Membership/Part I multiple choice examinations shall be by Computer Based Test (CBT)

REQUIREMENTS FOR MEMBERSHIP/PART I
a. Primary examination certificate of the West African College of Surgeons or its equivalent with exemption certificate
b. Satisfactorily completed appropriate years of postgraduate training as prescribed by the relevant Faculty in the institution(s) accredited for the purpose by the College.
c. Original Certificate of Training (COT) form with dates of commencement and completion of training to be uploaded on the website (No hard copy is to be submitted to the College.)
a. Original APPROVED LOGBOOK and a photocopy should be submitted to the College (for Surgery and O&G) first time applicants (Candidates should retrieve the original logbook a month to the examinations)
d. Photocopies of Logbook (for all other Faculties)
e. Evidence of registration as a Surgeon in Training
f. Authentication form, to be downloaded from the website, fill it with proper endorsement from Fellows and Head of Department and upload it on the website
g. Certificates of attendance of relevant revision courses/updates
h. Evidence of change of name (where applicable)

FELLOWSHIP (PART II) EXAMINATION CENTRES
1. University College Hospital (UCH) Ibadan, Nigeria
2. Korle-Bu Teaching Hospital (KBTH)Accra, Ghana
Note that Fellowship/Part II written & clinicals examinations in ALL faculties will be conducted SIMULTANEOUSLY in the 2 (TWO) centres above.
REQUIREMENTS FOR FELLOWSHIP/PART II EXAMINATIONS
a. Membership/Part I certificate of the West African College of Surgeons or its equivalent.
b. Satisfactorily completed appropriate years of postgraduate training and worked in their specialties for at least two years in the institution(s) accredited for the purpose by the College.
c. Original Certificates of Training (COT) form with dates of commencement and completion of training to be uploaded on the website.
d. Original APPROVED LOGBOOK and a photocopy should be submitted to the College (for Surgery only) first time applicants (Candidates should retrieve the original logbook a month to the examinations).
e. Photocopies of Logbook as applicable, for all other Faculties).
f. Certificates of attendance of Manuscript Writing workshop and Health Management and Ethics workshop.
g. Authentication form, to be downloaded from the website, fill it with proper endorsement from Fellows and Head of Department and upload it on the website.
h. Certificates of attendance of relevant revision courses/updates.
i. Evidence of a change of name (where applicable) .
j. A copy of signed and approved proposal and dissertation in MS Word format, not more than a maximum of two attachments, should be submitted to the faculty designated e mail below.( The subject should read : Surname with other Initials and DISSERTATION & PROPOSAL FOR OCTOBER 2020 EXAMS for example: MSHELBWALA P.M: DISSERATION & PROPOSAL( OCTOBER 2020) No hard copy of Dissertation, Proposal & Casebook will be accepted by the College.
k. . ANAESTHESIA : anaesthesiawacs@yahoo.com
. DENTAL SURGERY dentalsurgerywacs@gmail.com
. OBSTE & GYNAE obst.n.gynae.wacs@gmail.com
.OPHTHALMOLOGY ophthalmologywacs@gmail.com
ORL orlwacsexam@gmail.com
. RADIOLOGY radiologywacs@yahoo.com
. SURGERY surgerywacs@gmail.com

EXAMINATION FEES
1. Primary examination – N55,500
2. Diploma in Anaesthesia(DA) – N110,000
3. Membership/Part I examination – N160,000
4. Fellowship/Part II (Final) examination – N200,000
Mode of payment
Payment for all aspects of the examinations should be made online. No payment teller shall be accepted by the College. Any candidate who does not follow this directive shall be disqualified and examinations fees forfeited.
Deferment of examination after submission of application or refund of examination fees after payment is NOT acceptable.

CLOSING DATE
1. Submission of completed application form closes on 14th August 2020.
2. O&G candidates that want to sit for April 2021 Fellowship/ Part II examinations are to submit dissertations and casebooks latest on Friday 25th September, 2020 via obst.n.gynae.wacs@gmail.com with the subject: APRIL 2021 CASEBOOKS & DISSERTATIONS. No hard copies to be submitted to the college.

GENERAL INFORMATION
Candidates are advised to carefully populate appropriate fields meant for surname and other names; any error that arises from this may lead to candidates` disqualification
It is mandatory that candidates should check the College website for the approved list of eligible candidates a month to the examinations.
The College reserves the right to change candidate’s examination venue at any time it deems necessary.
All applications are expected to be executed online; NO hard copy of any document is expected to be submitted to College except Faculty based logbooks as specified above.
Dissertations, Proposals & Casebooks shall be submitted to the designated faculty e – mail addresses above, the attached documents should not be more than two attachments, a third attachment is acceptable if it is the comments of examiners from the previous failed dissertation defense.

Professor Philip M. Mshelbwala, FWACS
Secretary-General

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