The EM specialist programme is committed to training local and international registrars, with a focus on, but not limited to, training specialists throughout the African region. Successful students will be awarded two qualifications on completion of the programme requirements: MMed Emergency Medicine and FCEM(SA).
Students enrolled in the MMed programme participate in a four year clinical and academic curriculum. Protected academic contact sessions with Emergency Medicine faculty include lectures, demonstrations, journal club, simulations, and M&M meetings. All professionals with an interest in emergency medicine are welcome to attend, with the understanding that the teaching will be focused on the educational needs of the training registrars. The sessions are CPD accredited.
1. Aims of the programme
2. Expected Outcomes of the Programme
The student should possess a broad knowledge of:
The student should have the ability to:
3. Course requirements
The selection of specialist registrars follows formal criteria laid down by the University, and the Provincial Government of the Western Cape. The selection committee is chaired by the programme convenor.
Interested applicants should have at least one year of clinical experience in an emergency centre. In date certification in Advanced Life Support Courses (ACLS; ATLS; APLS / PALS) is a requirement. Possession of the College of Medicine of South Africa (CMSA) FCEM Part 1 exam is a requirement to entry into the program.
Refer to the CMSA Emergency Medicine regulations in regard to the Primary and Fellowship examination regulations. These regulations, including the curriculum, are available from the CMSA: https://www.cmsa.co.za/
4. Recognised training preceding registration
Applicants who have undergone training that is directly relevant to Emergency Medicine may be credited with this time on the rotation. Individuals in this position will need to apply directly to the HPCSA for accreditation of this time.
5. Course description
The philosophy of the division with respect to training is both informal and enabling; there are no rigid rules for the conduct of day-to-day activities – an ethical, mature and responsible approach on the part of the trainee, as an independent medical practitioner, is assumed as a given. Furthermore, teaching staff and faculty, while always available for advice or direct assistance, expect initiative and inquiry, rather than the burden of didactic teaching. An integral part of training is to be a trainer; teaching of interns and undergraduate students is part of the course of service delivery. Providing optimal patient care is a fundamental responsibility.
The core recommended clinical text is:
The Division also recommends the following text for the CEM primary exams
Candidates are advised to acquaint themselves particularly with those aspects that relate to the practice of emergency medicine, and to use the most recent edition available
The course mandates successful completion of three components:
Part one: FCEM(SA) Part I examination
The traditional logbook is replaced by the College of Emergency Medicine’s C.R.I.T.I.C.A.L. (Certified Record of In-service Training Including Continuous Assessment and Learning) performance portfolio. This is available from the College website. Clinical evaluation is done by the clinical supervisors, who are required to complete a clinical evaluation form at the end of each rotation. An example of a four year rotation is as follows: your actual rotation is likely to vary from this, depending upon requirements and availability:
There are several additional courses available which candidates can complete in this time. Please refer to http://www.emct.info/short-courses.html for the most up-to-date information.
Part two: The FCEM(SA) Part II examination
This serves as the common exit examination for both qualifications.
Part three: the Dissertation:
Students must complete the dissertation prior to being permitted entry to write the Part two examination. The outcome expected is of at least one publishable article. Length: 20000 words (60 credits). Research methodology training should consist of one of the following three options. These must be completed prior to submitting the dissertation for examination:
How do I enrol for the UCT MPhil research methodology module?
The research methodology module (CRM 1), can be enrolled for in a number of ways:
Division of Emergency Medicine,
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