African Paediatric Fellowship Programme

Paediatric Anaesthesia

Short-term attachment

1 Year Diploma

Masters' Programme


Dr and Head:
R  Nieuwveld, BSc MBBCh Witwatersrand FFA SA

Emeritus Professor:
J Thomas, MBChB Cape Town FFA SA

Senior Lecturers Full-time:
K Bester, MBChB Stell DA FCA SA
R Gray, MBChB Cape Town DA FCA SA
K Kemp, MBChB Stell DA FCA SA
H Meyer, 
G Wilson, MBChB Cape Town FRCA SA

Melissa Williams

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Training in Paediatric Anaesthesia is based at the Red Cross War Memorial Children’s Hospital.  Our department is extremely busy, and performs on average 9,000 anaesthetics annually.  

We offer subspecialist training in Paediatric Anaesthesia in all specialties including cardiac, liver transplantation, burns, neurosurgery, general surgery, orthopaedics, ophthalmology, ENT, urology, plastics and paediatric sedation.  We offer supernumerary fellowships in paediatric anaesthesia from 6 months to 1 year in duration.  It is also possible to incorporate a period of time on the Paediatric Intensive Care Unit.

Trainees participate as full members of the clinical team. Out of hours attendance is optional, but daytime attendance (08.00-17.00) is essential to attain adequate teaching and clinical exposure time. 

A small research project or audit is encouraged and the supervisors will facilitate this. There is the opportunity to do departmentally funded courses including; MEPA, PLS, FATE and a TOE course. 

The encouraged rotation is the 2 years Master’s program, trainees complete with an accredited exit examination and the Master’s. For specific focused training needs there is a 1 year PG Diploma. Short-term observational attachments can be supported but these must have a specific and clear outcome and the involvement of the referring institution is critical.
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Convener:  Assoc Prof J Swanevelder (Department of Anaesthesia)

Duration of training
FMA9    Four years of clinical training, plus one year of and completion of the dissertation.

Curriculum outline
FMA10   The curriculum outline is as follows:

   NQFcredits  HEQSFlevel
AAE7003W -  MMed Anaesthesia Part 1   60  9
AAE7004W -  MMed Anaesthesia Part 2   60  9
AAE7002W -  Anaesthesia 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 Sub-framework (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.


NQF credits: 60 at HEQSF level 9
Convener:  Prof J Swanevelder
Course entry requirements:   AAE7004W

Course outline:  A minor dissertation is prepared under supervision. The dissertation must be approximately 7 000 words in length and must be on a topic in anaesthesia. 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.

NQF credits: 60 at HEQSF level 9
Convener:  Prof J Swanevelder
Course entry requirements: None

Course outline: This training programme forms part of the credentialling process of general practitioners as specialist anaesthetists.  Candidates follow the curriculum of the College of Anaesthetists of South Africa.  They undergo training in an HPCSA-accredited training unit in a teaching hospital linked to UCT Faculty of Health Sciences.  On successful completion of training, they write the final examination of the College and receive credit towards AAE7003W.  The aim of this course is to provide foundational knowledge in a range of basic science disciplines to enable candidates to apply such foundational knowledge to the clinical conditions and  management strategies in their area of speciality. Course content includes physics, the principles of clinical measurements, pharmacology, physiology, and chemical pathology as these relate to anaesthetic practice. For the detailed curriculum, see the regulations of the College of Anaesthetists at

Document Links:
FCA  (SA) Portfolio
FCA  (SA) Regulations

DP requirements:  None
Assessment:  Candidates write the College of Anaesthetists examination, comprising 2 three-hour papers in each of Physics, and Physiology and Pharmacology. For more information see

NQF credits: 60 at HEQSF level 9
Convener:  Prof J Swanevelder
Course entry requirements:  PED7003W

Course outline:  This training programme forms part of the credentialling process of general practitioners as specialist anaesthetists. Candidates follow the curriculum of the College of Anaesthetists of South Africa and undergo training in a training unit accredited by the Health Professions Council of South Africa. On successful completion of training, they write the final examination of the College and receive credit towards AAE7004W. The aim of this course is to enable candidates to apply their foundational sciences knowledge to the management of clinical conditions in the practice of anaesthesia. Content includes the principles and practice of anaesthesia and analgesia, including pre- and post-operative treatment, clinical medicine and surgery related to the practice of anaesthesia, critical care medicine, the application of anatomy and pathology to the speciality, the history of its development, theories of narcosis, and molecular mechanisms of anaesthesia. For the detailed updated curriculum, see the regulations of the College of Anaesthetists at

Document Links:
FCA (SA) Portfolio
FCA SA) Regulations

DP requirements:  AAE7003W 
Assessment: Candidates write the Part 2 examination of the College of Anaesthetists. The examination comprises three written papers of three hours each, an oral, and a clinical examination. For full details see


The Department offers a one-year diploma using a blended learning approach with contact sessions and online learning, commencing in January 2017. It is open to all healthcare professionals with a minimum of a 4-year degree.

FPX4   The curriculum outline is as follows:

   NQFcredits  HEQSFlevel
CHM4016F -  Introduction to postgraduate studies   10  8
CHM4017F -  Clinical Research Methods   10  8
AAE4003F -  The Multidimensional Nature of Pain   25  
AAE4004F -  Neuroanatomy and Neurophysiology of Nociception
and Pain
  15  8
AAE4005F -  Assessment and Measurement of Pain and its Effects   15  8
AAE4006S -  Comprehensive Pain Management   30  8
AAE4007S -  Pain Management in Complex Conditions   15  8
                                                                             Total NQF credits:  120  

Assessment and progression rules

  1. (a)  Each course has specified coursework and final assessment activities. A student who does not achieve a
           coursework mark of at least 45% will not qualify to write the final assessment for that course, except at the
           programme conveners discretion.
  2. (b)   A student who fails a course with 47% – 49% may be granted a supplementary assessment.
  3. (c)   Students who fail a course may be permitted to repeat the course once at the programme convener’s discretion.
           Students who fail a course more than once, or who fail more than one course, may be asked to withdraw from the


To be awarded the diploma with distinction, an overall average of 75% must be obtained with not less than 70% for any course. All courses must be passed at first attempt. 


Short term attachments are accepted in the department and the program tailored according to the needs of the individual fellow HPCSA registration can be attained for short term attachments and candidates are advised to apply at least 18 months in advance. 

There are many educational opportunities on offer for all trainees. We have weekly UCT Department of Anaesthesia academic meetings, twice weekly paediatric anaesthesia protected teaching sessions, and the opportunity to attend the active teaching program throughout the Department of Anaesthesia.