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Not only was the allegation of racial bias on the part of the
examiners in the South African Fellowship exam unfair, but it was also
unworthy of publication. As far back as 1967, when I obtained the South
African Fellowship in Medicine, there were already a number of "non-white"
candidates who had been succesful in the South African Fellowship exams,
not only in Medicine, but also in Surgery, and in Obstetrics and
Gynaecology, and some took pride in the fact that, having succeeded in the
quite demanding South African exam, they subsequently found higher exams
in other countries a "cake walk" by comparison. I, myself, subsequently
took the MRCP(UK) in 1974, following a six and a half year spell in
general practice, and passed at the first attempt, although it had taken
me two attempts to succeed in the FCP(SA)
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