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African Paediatric Fellowship Programme

Paediatric Surgery


Short-term attachment


2 Year Clinical

Masters' Programme

DEPARTMENTAL STAFF

Professor and Head:
Prof A Numanoglu, Charles FM Saint Professor  

Senior Lecturer Full-time:
Dr J Karpelowsky
Dr S Cox

Senior Lecturers Part-time:
Adjunct Prof R Brown

Contact:
PA to HOD:
Mrs Noorunisa Vollenhoven
E-mail: Noorunisa.Vollenhoven@uct.ac.za

See more detail at: http://www.paediatrics.uct.ac.za/scah/clinicalservices/surgical/surgery

LOCATION:
Training in paediatric surgery is based at Red Cross War Memorial Childrens’ Hospital in the paediatric surgery department.

AREA OF TRAINING:
The Department serves as a regional and referral hospital and is regarded as a National centre in terms of organ transplantation and specialised neurosurgical and cardiothoracic surgical procedures.  The Department is responsible for comprehensive surgical services to children under the age of twelve years. Surgical conditions and emergencies are seen and treated. Specialised services include liver transplantation, burns, laparoscopic surgery, day case surgery, paediatric urology.

ONSITE EXPECTATIONS:
The aim of this degree is to provide a certification of a degree of competence in paediatric surgery, predominantly to trainees from Africa, who have come for a period of training/subspecialist experience in paediatric surgery. Graduates will be trained to have the competence to manage paediatric surgical conditions of neonates and children, with specific reference to the cultural context of Africa and the disease profile, in an ethical way taking into account resource limitations. The programme will be directed specifically to ensure that it is relevant to the African context.    

TRAINING OPTIONS: 
The Department provides training facilities for both post-graduate surgical registrars towards their final fellowship as well as career paediatric surgical registrars, both nationally and internationally. The two year accredited teaching programme enable post-graduate students to qualify as paediatric surgeons in South Africa. A short-term attachment can be supported but these must have a specific and clear outcome in to be beneficial.  

Masters in Specialisation of Paediatric Surgery  
Convener:  Prof A Numanoglu (Department of Surgery)
 
Additional admission requirements
FMA57  Applicants must have completed the primary and intermediate examinations of the relevant College of Medicine of South Africa.  

Duration of training
FMA58   Four years, including research and completion of the dissertation.  

Curriculum outline
FMA59   The curriculum outline is as follows:  

   NQFcredits  HEQSFlevel
CHM7059W -  MMed Paediatric Surgery Part 1   60  9
CHM7060W -  MMed Paediatric Surgery Part 2   30  9
CHM7010W -  MMed Surgical Disciplines Part 2A   30  
CHM7061W -  Paediatric Surgery minor dissertation   60  
                                                                                                  Total NQF credits:  180  


 
Masters in Specialisation of Paediatric Surgery  

CHM7059W MMED PAEDIATRIC SURGERY PART 1
NQF credits:  60 at HEQSF level 9
Convener:  Prof A Numanoglu
Course entry requirements:  None.
Course outline:  This training programme forms part of the credentialling 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 Paediatric Surgeons 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 CHM7059W. The aim of the course is to provide foundational knowledge in a range of basic science disciplines to prepare candidates to apply such knowledge to the clinical conditions and management strategies in the speciality of paediatric surgery. The course content covers anatomy, including applied anatomy, applied physiology, principles of pathology and the applications of the principles to clinical surgery.  For the full curriculum and examination details, see the regulations of the College of Paediatric Surgeons at www.collegemedsa.ac.za.
DP requirements:  Candidates are required to have successfully completed the Basic Surgical Skills course prior to applying for admission to the primary examination.
Assessment:  Candidates write the examination of the College of College of Paediatric Surgeons.  The examination usually consists of one or more written papers about the basic sciences.  

CHM7060W MMED PAEDIATRIC SURGERY PART 2
NQF credits:  30 at HEQSF level 9
Convener:  Prof A Numanoglu
Course entry requirements:  CHM7059W; CHM7010W.
Course outline:  This training programme forms part of the credentialling process of general practitioners as specialist paediatric surgeons.  The Health Professions Council of South Africa stipulates the training requirements.  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 of Paediatric Surgeons and receive credit towards CHM7060W.  The course content covers the principles and practice of paediatric surgery, including embryology, applied anatomy, physiology and pathology, and related radiological and therapeutic aspects, including foetal diagnosis and treatment. For the full curriculum and examination details, see the regulations of the College of Paediatric Surgeons at www.collegemedsa.ac.za.
DP requirements:  Candidates must have passed the primary examinations; must have completed not less than 12 months of approved post-community service training as a registered medical practitioner, in surgery, with at least 6 months in general surgery, not less than 3 months in ICU and not less than 3 months in trauma/emergency surgery; and must have obtained the ATLS certificate.
Assessment:  Two three-hour papers of MCQs (multiple choice questions) and/or short written questions on basic sciences.  

CHM7010W MMED SURGICAL DISCIPLINES PART 2A
NQF credits:  30 at HEQSF level 9
Convener:  Prof A Numanoglu
Course entry requirements:  CHM7059W.
Course outline:  This training programme forms part of the credentialling process of general practitioners as specialist paediatric surgeons.  The Health Professions Council of South Africa stipulates the training requirements, and candidates complete the curriculum of the College of Surgeons 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 CHM7010W. The aim of this course is to provide foundational knowledge in a range of basic science disciplines to enable candidates to apply such knowledge to the clinical conditions and management strategies in their area of speciality.  The course content covers the principles of surgery in general, including basic principles as applicable to all branches. For the full curriculum, see the regulations of the College of Surgeons at www.collegemedsa.ac.za.
DP requirements:  At least 18 months of approved training in surgery, including trauma, intensive care, and the surgical specialities. Of the 18 months training called for, not less than 6 months must be spent in general surgery and not less than 6 months must be spent in one or more of the surgical specialities (orthopaedics, urology, neurosurgery, paediatric surgery, cardiothoracic surgery, and plastic and reconstructive surgery). Candidates are also required to submit a completed logbook.  For the full details, see www.collegemedsa.ac.za.
Assessment:  Two written papers and a viva voce examination on each of the principles of surgery in general and the principles of surgical speciality disciplines.

CHM7061W PAEDIATRIC SURGERY MINOR DISSERTATION
NQF credits:  60 at HEQSF level 9
Convener:  Prof A Numanoglu
Course entry requirements:  None.
Course outline: The minor dissertation is prepared under supervision.  The dissertation must be between 15 000 and 20 000 words in length, and must be on a topic in paediatric surgery.  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. 
 

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CLINICAL PROGRAMME

CLINICAL PAEDIATRIC SURGERY

Duration of training: 24 months
Convener: Prof A Numanoglu (Department of Surgery)

Admission requirements:
FMB19   To be eligible for consideration for admission, a candidate shall
(a)     have an approved Bachelors of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery (MBChB) or equivalent qualification;
(b)     be registered as a Medical practitioner with the Health Professions Council of South Africa;
(c)     have previous approved experience in general surgery;
(d)     have submitted a letter of support from his/her employer granting the applicant study leave for the weeks requiring block
          attendance, and undertaking to provide support to enable the applicant to complete assigned tasks and assignments
          within the work context;
(e)     have proven proficiency in written and spoken English (evidence to be provided). 

Duration of programme
FMB20  Candidates shall be registered for two years of full-time studies.

Curriculum outline

FMB21  The curriculum outline is as follows:

    NQFcredits  HEQSFlevel
CHM7067W   -   MPhil Clinical Paediatric SurgeryPart 1  120  9
CHM7068W   -    Clinical Paediatric Surgery minor dissertation        60  9
                                                                                                  Total NQF credits:  180  

 
Assessment
FMB22  One final examination of all coursework, including written, oral and clinical components.  The dissertation is externally examined.

Courses for MPhil subspecialisation in Paediatric Surgery:

CHM7067W - CLINICAL PAEDIATRIC SURGERY PART 1
NQF credits: 120 at HEQSF level 9
Convener: Prof A Numanoglu
Course entry requirements: None
Course outline: This course is designed to enable trainees to develop the following competencies:

  • To manage patients presenting on an unselected emergency paediatric surgical ‘in-take’, by diagnosing, assessing, and treating or referring them on as appropriate.
  • To manage patients presenting with a range of symptoms and elective conditions as specified in the core syllabus for the speciality of paediatric surgery.
  • To manage an additional range of elective and emergency conditions that may occur within a given period of training and thereby give rise to opportunities for appropriate training and corresponding assessment. (Professional competencies as specified in the syllabus and derived from the Good Medical Practice​ documents of the General Medical Council of the UK.

​​DP requirements: None
Assessment:  One final examination of all coursework, including a written, oral and clinical component.


CHM7068W - CLINICAL PAEDIATRIC SURGERY MINOR DISSERTATION 
NQF credits: 60 at HEQSF level 9
Convener: Prof A Numanoglu
Course entry requirements: None
Course outline:The minor dissertation is prepared under supervision. It must be between 15 000 and 20 000 words in length and must be on a topic in clinical paediatric surgery. Students are trained in statistics where necessary, in research methods, in conducting literature reviews, and in designing a research proposal. Having submitted their research proposals and obtained formal ethics approval where necessary, candidates proceed with their research, analyse the results and write up the dissertation. Master’s degree candidates must be able to reflect critically on theory and its application. They must be able to deal with complex issues systematically and creatively, to design and critically appraise research, to make sound judgement using the data and information at their disposal, and to communicate their conclusions clearly to specialist and non-specialist audiences.
DP requirements: None.
Assessment: External examination of the minor dissertation.

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SHORT-TERM ATTACHMENTS

Duration of training: 3-12 months
Convener: Prof A Numanoglu

Short term attachments are accepted in the department but require careful planning. Trainees attend for short attachments to gain insight into how the service is structured to assess which models could be duplicated in their home setting. HPCSA registration should be attained for short attachments and as such applicants are encourage to apply 12 to 18 months in advance.

 

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