The School of Medicine at University of Pretoria started out as the Faculty of Medicine in 1943. The first class comprised of 57 students. Over the years class sized increased and departments of allied health care were added to the Faculty. With the formation of the Faculty of Health Sciences in 1999 the School of Medicine was established as one of four Schools in the Faculty, the others being Schools of Dentistry, Health Care Sciences and Health Systems & Public Health.
The current MBChB class size is 300 students.
The School of Medicine offers training for the following degrees:
MMed in different specialties
MPhil (Philosophy and ethics of mental health)
BClinical Medical Practice
MPhil (Pain Management)
Master of Early Childhood Intervention
Doctor of Medicine
Doctor of Philosophy
In addition Postgraduate Diplomas in Family Medicine as well as in General Ultrasound are offered.
Details of all the courses can be found on this site using the Academic Programmes link, in the yearbook of the University of Pretoria and on the site for prospective students in the field of Medicine.
The School is managed by an Executive Committee that is elected every five years, and report to Faculty Exco.
The current SoM EXCO members are:
Prof BG Lindeque ( Deputy Dean and Chair of School)
Prof OBW Greeff
Prof RJ Green
Prof JLA Rantloane
Prof JL Roos
Prof MM Sathekge
The School of Medicine houses 28 academic departments and 6 academic divisions . Training is offered at several training sites including the facilities of Faculty of Health Sciences, the Steve Biko Academic Hospital, Kalafong Hospital, Tshwane district Hospital, facilities of the National Health Laboratory Service and several sites in Mpumalanga as well as primary care sites in the Tshwane region.
The training programmes of the School of Medicine have been accredited by the Health Professions Council of South Africa.
First in-depth look at West Coast’s own Heaviside’s dolphins - 17/04/2014
All Heaviside’s dolphins found along southern Africa’s West Coast are related, and belong to one of two major populations. This is one of the findings of the first in-depth genetic study about this endemic dolphin species that is only found from Table Bay to southern Angola. The species may be sensitive to overharvesting by the hake fishing industry.
The world beyond 2015 – is higher education ready? - 17/04/2014
‘We are very good at communicating to a scholarly audience, but one of our challenges is how to transfer that information to a broader audience, in other words the general public. There is definitely room for us [universities] to do more of that.’ This was the response of Prof Cheryl de la Rey, Vice-Chancellor and Principal of the University of Pretoria (UP), to one of the questions posed by the Association of Commonwealth Universities (ACU) as part of a new international campaign.
Record number of post-graduate degrees for UP’s Class of 2013 - 16/04/2014
The Autumn 2014 graduation figures for the University of Pretoria (UP) confirm that the institution which last year was ranked among the Top 500 universities globally by the prestigious QS World Ranking of Universities, is on track to deliver on its vision of being a leading research-intensive university. A record 4214 post-graduate degrees are being awarded across its nine faculties and business school.
Prof Tiaan de Jager gives an African perspective on environmental issues in Geneva - 15/04/2014
Prof Tiaan de Jager, Deputy Dean: Research in the Faculty of Health Sciences and Director of the University of Pretoria’s Centre for Sustainable Malaria Control, is an expert on the effect of the presence of pharmaceuticals in the environment in Africa. It was on account of this expertise that he was invited by the German Federal Government Environment Protection Agency and the United Nations Environmental Programme (UNEP) to address them on the effect of pharmaceuticals on the environment in Africa.
Study asks for ban on 4x4s in protected areas - 15/04/2014
Soil damage caused by 4x4 vehicles is underestimated, long term – between 5 and 1000 years - and mostly irreversible. Due to their negative environmental impact, vehicles should not be allowed to do off-road driving in protected areas. Strict legal measures should be applied to regulate 4x4 use in such areas, while very sensitive areas such as wetland areas should be classified as absolute no-go areas.