The Joint Surgical Colleges Fellowship Examination, JSCFE
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Joint Surgical Colleges Fellowship Examination, JSCFE



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An Introduction to JSCFE Examinations


Welcome to the UK and Ireland Joint Surgical Colleges Fellowship Examinations' (JSCFE) website.

The four Surgical Royal Colleges (Edinburgh, England, Glasgow & Ireland) has introduced of a new suite of Intercollegiate Fellowship Examinations for the international surgical community.

The application process for the following specialties is live:

  • Cardiothoracic
  • General Surgery
  • Neurosurgery
  • Otolaryngology (newly launched 1 August 2019)
  • Trauma & Orthopaedic
  • Urology

Full details regarding the subsequent launch of other specialties will be posted on the JSCFE and all four Surgical College websites.

The JSCFE has parity of standard with the existing UK/Ireland Intercollegiate Fellowship Examinations and will assess to this standard. As such it carries the international reputation of the existing UK/Ireland examination and has the value that patients and the public can be reassured that a surgeon achieving this standard has the knowledge and skills to practice independently. It is aimed at those in the international community who are about to, or who have recently completed their training. Whilst it is not currently mandatory for applicants to have passed the MRCS, MRCS holders have been more successful in both Section 1 and Section 2 of the JSCFE examinations held to date.

We recommend that surgeons who meet this standard, and who are seeking a prestigious international qualification, apply for the examination. On successful completion of the examination, candidates will be eligible to apply for election to the Fellowship of any of the four Royal Colleges. Once such an application has been processed, the successful candidate will then be entitled the use of the Colleges’ associated post-nominals FRCS (College).