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Family Medicine has been an independent Division in the School of Public Health and Family Medicine since 2001 and is involved in multidisciplinary community-based teaching and learning with a strong focus on primary care.

It convenes the Becoming a Doctor course which spans the second and third years of the curriculum. The course comprises of three strands which include Family Medicine, Clinical Skills and Languages (isiXhosa and Afrikaans).

Other courses include a four week 4th year MBChB Primary Health Care block run jointly with other divisions in the School of Public Health and Family Medicine.

The Division also offers a four week 6th year block which students spend at a Community Health Facility either in an urban or rural area and at a Hospice for the Palliative Care portion of their training.

Family practitioners in private practice assist with the teaching programme.

The discipline of Family Medicine was registered as a speciality in 2007 and we accepted our first intake of registrars into the MMed (Family Medicine) training programme in 2008. The registrars do their training at regional, secondary and district level facilities.

Palliative Medicine forms part of the Division of Family Medicine and is integrated into the undergraduate teaching programmes. It offers its own postgraduate diploma and degree courses.

There is strong collaboration with all Departments of Family Medicine in South Africa through the Education and Training Sub-Committee of the South African Academy of Family Practice/ Primary Care and the College of Family Physicians in the Colleges of Medicine of South Africa. It has established links with other African universities as well as with other international higher education institutions.

Professor Derek Hellenberg

Head of Division: Associate Prof Derek Hellenberg

School of Public Health and Family Medicine
Faculty of Health Sciences
University of Cape Town
South Africa
Tel: +27 21 406 6510
Fax:+27 21 406 6667
Email: Natasha Moodaley

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