Clinical Medicine

School of Clinical Medicine

The School of Clinical Medicine, headed by Professor Richard Hift, has produced almost 3000 Black-African doctors and trained hundreds of students of all races to specialist status. It has survived despite controversy and political harassment. From rocky beginnings founded on the inhospitable grounds of apartheid, through years of harassment at the hands of a hostile Government, the School has grown to a point where it has finally been able to take its place as an esteemed institution in society.

Programmes offered in the School leads to the registerable basic medical qualification, the degrees of Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery (MBChB). The two degrees are taken concurrently. The course is composed of a number of modules distributed over six years, with the last two years consisting of clinical modules.

The undergraduate medical training programme combines traditional taught modules with integrated student- centred, self-directed and problem-based modules as well as clinical rotations. Starting early in the programme candidates will be exposed to clinical situations. All medical undergraduate education is in accordance with the training requirements laid down by the Health Professions Council of South Africa (HPCSA) for the degree of MBChB.

The following disciplines are located within the School:

  • Anaesthetics
  • Cardiology
  • Cardiothoracic Surgery
  • Dermatology
  • Endocrinology
  • Gastroenterology
  • General Medicine
  • General Surgery
  • Geriatrics
  • Infectious Diseases
  • Nephrology
  • Neurology
  • Neurosurgery
  • Obstetrics & Gynaecology
  • Ophthalmology
  • Orthopaedic Surgery
  • Otorhinolaryngology
  • Paediatrics and Child Health
  • Paediatric Surgery
  • Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery
  • Psychiatry
  • Pulmonology
  • Radiology
  • Radiotherapy and Oncology
  • Rheumatology
  • Urology

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