A fellow is the highest and most prestigious level of membership at the college bestowing the hallmark of professional excellence. One attains the Fellowship by sitting Fellowship examinations which are administered by COECSA. This elite group of professionals is often called upon to set standards for the Fellowship through a peer review mechanism.
Classes of Fellows
The College comprises the following classes of Fellows:
a) Founding Fellows
c) Honorary Fellows
A Founder Fellow shall be a person:
a) Who is a signatory to these Articles of Association and the Memorandum of Association
b) Who possesses the qualifications entitling the person to be registered as a medical practitioner and ophthalmologist in any of the countries from which the College draws its Fellows.
c) Who is enrolled as a Founder at the inaugural meeting prior to incorporation of the College and whose name appears on the printed list of Founder Fellows prepared for the inaugural meeting of the College held at Dar-es-Salaam, Tanzania in August 2004.
A Fellow shall be a person:
a) who is not a signatory to the Memorandum and Articles of Association and is not enrolled on the list of founder members prepared under Article 5 (2) (c ); and
b) who possess the qualifications entitling the person to be registered as a medical practitioner in any of the countries from which the College by resolution draws fellows from and who has completed a Masters Degree in Ophthalmology recognized by the Council and is a person determined by the Council to be of good character and in good professional standing and
c) who is admitted as a Fellow of the College by the Council according to such guidelines as the Council may from time to time determine generally or by by-law.
An Honorary Fellow shall be an eminent person who is a person qualified in any professional field approved by the Council for the purposes of the College by the Council according to such guidelines as the Council may from time to time determine.