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African Paediatric Fellowship Programme

Masters in Medicine


Masters' Programme

DEPARTMENTAL STAFF

Head of Department: Prof Heather Zar

Full Professors: Associate Professors:
Prof Argent A Davidson
Prof Eley M Hendricks
Prof Wilmshurst C Scott
  M Levin
  K Donald
  M McCulloch
  A Westwood

 

Senior Lecturers Full-time:    
J Ahrens C Hlela M Richards
H A Buys A Horn N Rhoda
M Carrihill Y Joolay B Rossouw
G Comitis T Kerbelker S Salie
L Cooke M Kroon G Schermbrucker
R De Decker J Lawrenson A Spitaels
S Delport D Le Roux L Tooke
R De Lacey L Linley A Vanker
R Dunkley R Muloiwa A van Eyssen
P Gajjar S Naidoo A van Niekerk
L Goddard A Ndondo M Zampoli
D Gray P Nourse L Zuhlke
M Harrison J Nuttall  
M Hendricks R Petersen  


Contact: Assoc Prof A Davidson (Department of Paediatrics and Child Health)

Email: alan.davidson@uct.ac.za

See more detail at: http://www.paediatrics.uct.ac.za/scah/teaching/postgrad/training/mmed

LOCATION:
Training in general paediatrics is anchored at Red Cross War Memorial Children’s Hospital and rotates through several collaborative paediatric wards at affiliated level 1-3 hospitals.  Children are accepted from, or management care is discussed with, referral centres local and further afield. The department is dedicated to paediatrics and cares for paediatric conditions from primary to quaternary level needs. The department is a dynamic dedicated paediatric and child health unit serving the needs of children in South Africa.

AREA OF TRAINING:
The service and training platform is large and extremely busy caring for a wide range of acute and chronic paediatric conditions managed in the setting of inpatient, outpatient and community care spanning quaternary, tertiary, secondary and district level settings. The training is weighted towards clinical exposure to a wide range of general paediatric problems and much of the training is through involvement in patient assessment and care. Exposure to emergency resuscitation, acute care, paediatric intensive care, high care, general ward care (short and longer stay)and subspecialty care in the various disciplines- general paediatrics, cardiology, pulmonology, allergy, gastroenterology, renal, neurology, behavioural and neurodevelopmental, oncology, haematology, endocrinology, rheumatology, infectious diseases, paediatric transplant medicine, child protection and health advocacy provide unique training opportunities. Trainees also experience aspects of multidisciplinary care of complex patients, ward management, ambulatory care and outreach to district level clinics. Skills in supervision and teaching of junior doctors and medical students will be developed, Departmental presentations, communication with referral centres local and further afield and engagement with mortality and morbidity meeting processes will be developed. There is dedicated registrar teaching weekly and practical skills training quarterly. The Department is committed to research and contributes vastly to the UCT academic output. 

ONSITE EXPECTATIONS:
Trainees participate as full members of the clinical team. Out of hours attendance is obligatory. Daytime attendance (08.00-17.00) is essential to attain adequate teaching and clinical exposure time. Only trainees registered for 1-2 year or 4 year attachments will be eligible to be part of active patient care; shorter attachments will be eligible for observation only.

ADDITIONAL ACTIVITIES:
All trainees will rotate to mandatory training attachments within the training platform. Time permitting, research projects are encouraged and the supervisors will facilitate this. Trainees are encouraged to become involved in the under and postgraduate teaching program providing their own tutorials and teaching sessions for junior doctors, students and other health practitioners.     

TRAINING OPTIONS: 
There is a four year accredited paediatric specialisation training curriculum of the College of Paediatricians of South Africa to be completed at an HPCSA-accredited teaching hospital. There is an option to complete a 1 year or a 2 year rotation to give excellent exposure to selected aspects of the training programme to achieve specific outcomes/ strengthening in collaboration with the APFP programme. Under certain circumstances short-term observational attachments can be supported but these must have a specific and clear outcome in mind to be beneficial.   

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MASTERS PROGRAMME

MASTER OF MEDICINE IN PAEDIATRICS
Convener:  Assoc Prof A Davidson (Department of Paediatrics & Child Health)

Duration of training
FMA60    Four years, including research and completion of the dissertation.

Curriculum outline
FMA61   The curriculum outline is as follows:

   NQFcredits  HEQSFlevel
PED7004W -  MMed Paediatrics Part 1   60  9
PED7006W -  MMed Paediatrics Part 2   60  9
PED7007W -  Paediatrics minor dissertation   60  9
                                                                                                Total NQF credits:  180  

   
NQF credits and HEQSF course levels:
All South African tertiary institutions are required to align their qualifications with the prescriptions of the Higher Education Qualifications Subframework (that forms part of the National Qualifications Framework). Each qualification has an exit level that relates to the skills that may be expected of candidates who have completed a qualification or course at that HEQSF level. Each qualification also has a minimum number of NQF credits at that HEQSF level. One credit equals 10 notional hours of learning.

The NQF requires the following minimum credits per qualification:
•    Postgraduate Diploma (exit level 8): Minimum total credits: 120. Minimum credits at HEQSF level 8: 120.
•    Master’s degree (exit level 9): Minimum total credits: 180. Minimum credits at HEQSF level 9: 120; maximum credits at
     HEQSF level 8: 60 (a full dissertation master’s will be 180 credits at HEQSF level 9). A Professional Master’s degree may
     have a reduced research component of at least 45 credits.

Courses for MMED SPECIALISATION IN PAEDIATRICS

PED7004W -  MMED PAEDIATRICS PART I
NQF credits: 60 at HEQSF level 9
Convener: Assoc Prof A Davidson
Course entry requirements: None
Course outline:  This training programme forms part of the credentialing process of general practitioners as specialists. The Health Professions Council of South Africa stipulates the training requirements, and candidates complete the curriculum of the College of Paediatricians of South Africa. Candidates undergo training in an HPCSA-accredited training unit in a teaching hospital linked to the UCT Faculty of Health Sciences. On successful completion of training, they write the final examination of the College and receive credit towards PED7004W. The course aims to build knowledge in the principles of paediatrics and child health with special reference to those aspects of applied sciences and therapeutics that are of importance to the foetus and to the care of the neonate infant, toddler, pre-school and school child, and adolescent. Course content covers the therapeutics of importance of the care of the paediatric age group, including the normal and abnormal growth and development of the infant and child, the embryology and anatomy applicable to the above, relevant epidemiology, statistics, genetics, physiology, biochemistry, pathology, microbiology and parasitology, and the principles of therapeutics. For the full curriculum and examination details, see the regulations of the College of Paediatricians at www.collegemedsa.ac.za.

Document Links:
FC Paed (SA) Portfolio
FC Paed (SA) Regulations

DP requirements:  Registered general practitioner (post-internship). The CMSA Senate, through its Examinations and Credentials Committee, will consider the eligibility of candidates, which may include their professional and ethical standing.
Assessment:  Candidates write the Part 1 examination of the College of Paediatricians. The examination comprises one written paper (MCQ format).


PED7006W - MMED PAEDIATRICS PART 2
NQF credits: 60 at HEQSF level 9
Convener:  Assoc Prof A Davidson
Course entry requirements:  PED7004W
Course outline:  This training programme forms part of the credentialing process of general practitioners as specialist paediatricians. The Health Professions Council of South Africa stipulates the training requirements, and candidates complete the curriculum of the College of Paediatricians of South Africa. Candidates undergo training in an HPCSA-accredited training unit in a teaching hospital linked to the UCT Faculty of Health Sciences. On successful completion of training, they write the final examination of the College and receive credit towards PED7006W. Course content covers the principles of child health, including knowledge of those aspects of foetal life, childhood and adolescence that are important to promotion of normal growth, development and health, health surveillance, preventive health, educational medicine and the management of children with handicaps; and the art and practice of clinical paediatrics.

Document Links:
FC Paed (SA) Portfolio
FC Paed (SA) Regulations

DP requirements:  PED7004W
Assessment:  Candidates write the final examination of the College of Paediatricians. The examination comprises one written papers, a written OSCE, and a clinical examination.


PED7007W - MMED PAEDIATRICS MINOR DISSERTATION
NQF credits: 60 at HEQSF level 9
Convener:  Assoc Prof A Davidson
Course entry requirements:  None
Course outline:  The minor dissertation is prepared under supervision. The dissertation may take the traditional form (15 000 to 20 000 words) or may take the new form (a literature review of 3 000 to 4 000 words with a publishable journal article of at least 3 000 words), and must be on a topic in paediatrics. The dissertation must be based on a study the work for which was commenced while the candidate was registered as a postgraduate student. The dissertation should generally be on a clinical topic and of a standard publishable in a peer-reviewed medical journal. Students are trained in statistics, in research methods, in conducting literature reviews, and in designing a research proposal. Having obtained formal ethics approval where necessary, candidates proceed with their research, analyse the results and write up the dissertation. Candidates may also be required to present the work at a congress and submit the research for publication.
DP requirements:  None
Assessment:  External examination of the minor dissertation