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School of Medicine

Partners

Hospitals, clinics and provinces

Pre-clinical training of medical students in the first year, first semester, takes place at the main campus of the University, and from the second semester at the medical campus adjoining the Pretoria Academic Hospital. Clinical training, covering primary, secondary and tertiary healthcare, takes place in a variety of hospitals and clinics to assure that students are given exposure to a wide spectrum of facilities and patients with various illnesses in the communities. The list includes the following:

Pretoria Academic Hospital Complex, consisting of: Pretoria Academic Hospital, Pretoria Maternity Hospital, Pretoria Orthopaedic Hospital, Pretoria Ear, Nose and Throat Hospital

Kalafong Academic Hospital, Weskoppies Psychiatric Hospital, Witbank Hospital, Pretoria West Hospital, 1 Military Hospital, Mamelodi Hospital, Tembisa Hospital, Zuid-Afrikaanse Hospital

North West Province

  • Jubilee Hospital
  • George Stegman Hospital
  • Taung Hospital
  • Tlamalong Hospital

Limpopo Province

  • Mankweng Hospital
  • Tshilindzini Hospital

KwaZulu-Natal

  • Emmaus Hospital
  • Manguzi Hospital
  • Mseleni Hospital
  • Mosfold Hospital

Other

  • Moretele district clinics (Hammanskraal), Sedibeng Primary Care Unit, Daspoort Polyclinic
  • Various community clinics in Mpumalanga

The University of Pretoria signed joint agreements with the Mpumalanga and North West Provinces, allowing students of the School to rotate through the Witbank and Jubilee Hospitals and exposing them to conditions in a secondary and a regional hospital. The satellite campuses at Witbank (Mpumalanga) and Hammanskraal (North West Province) are important additions, which were not available before 1996. The Witbank Campus provides a secondary teaching platform for undergraduate and postgraduate students. The School of Medicine and the other schools of the Faculty are also involved in providing medical services for the Mpumalanga government.

Public-private partnerships

The School is establishing partnerships to enhance local relevance and international competitiveness. Furthermore, to overcome funding limitations, it is often of mutual benefit to undertake projects or investigations in partnership with other faculties. The following are examples of public-private partnerships that have already proven successful and others that are currently being negotiated:

Medihelp Chair in Epidemiology

Using the skills and expertise available in the Faculty, the partnership is intended to render a service to the community. The objectives of the partnership include training, research and service to augment the hospital and disease management programmes.

Sponsorship by Netcare for Community-based Education:

This sponsorship led to the establishment of a Senior Specialist position in the Department of Community Based Education. The objective is to ensure that students are exposed sufficiently to community based education in health, the treatment of diseases and healthcare delivery.

Urology Hospital:

The School has entered into a partnership agreement with the private Urology Hospital for specialised training of medical students.

AVDM

In 2001 a cooperation agreement was signed with A van der Merwe Inc. (AVDM) for the training of students from the School and UP's Department of Communication Pathology at AVDM's Ear Institutes in Pretoria, Durban and at Tygerberg Hospital. The agreement provides for training in various specialized fields.

Witbank Campus

A total number of 388 medical students rotated through Witbank during the past year. This confirms the involvement of some mother departments and their trust in the teaching and training standards.

Kalafong Academic Hospital

About 40 per cent of services at the Hospital is linked to postgraduate training and research. Specialised services comprise a Foetal Unit (diagnostics and treatment), Child Oncology, the MRC Unit for Mother and Infant Healthcare Strategies and complicated surgery, which require a high level of expertise.

Agreement with SADC countries

The School has agreed to train undergraduate medical students for Botswana. The Government of Botswana is currently in the process of establishing its own Medical training facility, and it does so with advice, input and guidance given by the School. This forms part of an agreement of the South African government to train 100 students originating from various countries in the SADC region. These students will be trained in the eight medical schools in the country.