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Programme: PGDip Family Medicine

Code Faculty Duration Credits Download
10220008 Faculty of Health Sciences Duration of study: 1 year Total credits: 120
Contact:
Dr RPG Botha
[email protected]

Admission requirements

a) Prospective students must be in possession of a MBChB degree or equivalent qualification. South African candidates must be registered as a medical doctor with the Health Professions Council of South Africa and non-South Africans as a medical doctor with the Licensing authority in their country of origin and present acceptable documentary proof to this effect.

   The doctor should be :

  • Consulting ambulatory patients;
  • Providing first contact medical care; and
  • Working as a medical generalist

 

Other programme-specific information

Two academic years part-time study with a modularised curriculum by means of distance education. A blended approach which will involve campus-based teaching, web-based teaching and workplace-based learning will be followed.

Examinations and pass requirements

  1. Assignments as prescribed by the head of department, must be submitted for each of the eight modules. If a student does not achieve at least 50%, one resubmission is permitted for each module.
  2. Workplace-based learning and assessment.

Learning in the workplace will be driven by peer learning and documented by means of a portfolio of learning. The portfolio of learning would need to include:

  • Evidence of self-directed learning by means of six (6) monthly learning plans and relfection. The assignments will form part of the portfolio;
  • Evidence of learning by means of ten (10) observatios per year; and
  • Evidence of learning skills by use of a logbook.
  1. Final assessment

An annual assessment of the learning documented in the portfolio by the Department of Family Medicine.

A minimum final mark of 50% is required as a pass mark for each module.


National exit examination

There will be one national exit examination for the country offered by the College of Family Physicians. The portfolio should be part of the assessment and the portfolio will give the student access to the national exit examination. Successful candicates will receive a Higher Diploma from the College as well as a Postgraduate Diploma from the Univeristy.

 

Pass with distinction

An average of at least 75% in the for the mdoules and the portfolio is required to obtain the diploma with distinction.

Minimum credits: 120

Core modules

  • Module content:

    Study of the family as the object of care; family systems theory; tools for family-oriented care; family life-cycle; ethics of treating families; family conference; the family and chronic illness; family violence and alcohol abuse in the family.

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  • Module content:

    Study of diabetes mellitus, asthma, epilepsy, hypertension, cardiac failure, obesity and chronic pain.

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  • Module content:

    Psychiatry in family practice

    Study of depression, anxiety; suicide; the difficult adolescent; substance use and abuse; schizophrenia; dementia and delirium.

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  • Module content:

    Introduction; study of contagious disease important to the traveller; contagious diseases in the tropical regions; viral illnesses in children; fever of unknown origin; sexually transmitted diseases; haemorrhagic fever; infective diarrhoea; meningitis; leprosy; HIV/Aids; tuberculosis; rabies; school attendance and infectious diseases; community-acquired pneumonia (CAP); acute virus hepatitis; rational use of antibiotics and other exogenous infections.

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  • Module content:

    Study of human resource management; financial management; auditing of management and services management. The study of leadership and clinical governance for clinical primary care. The study of learning in primary care teams.

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  • Module content:

    Study of the origins and emergence of Family Medicine. Study of the principles of Family Medicine. Study of the consultation. Study of patient-centred medicine, communication and the doctor-patient relationship. Study of medical ethics.

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Minimum credits: 120

Core modules

  • Module content:

    Study of the family as the object of care; family systems theory; tools for family-oriented care; family life-cycle; ethics of treating families; family conference; the family and chronic illness; family violence and alcohol abuse in the family.

    View more

  • Module content:

    Study of diabetes mellitus, asthma, epilepsy, hypertension, cardiac failure, obesity and chronic pain.

    View more

  • Module content:

    Psychiatry in family practice

    Study of depression, anxiety; suicide; the difficult adolescent; substance use and abuse; schizophrenia; dementia and delirium.

    View more

  • Module content:

    Introduction; study of contagious disease important to the traveller; contagious diseases in the tropical regions; viral illnesses in children; fever of unknown origin; sexually transmitted diseases; haemorrhagic fever; infective diarrhoea; meningitis; leprosy; HIV/Aids; tuberculosis; rabies; school attendance and infectious diseases; community-acquired pneumonia (CAP); acute virus hepatitis; rational use of antibiotics and other exogenous infections.

    View more

  • Module content:

    Study of human resource management; financial management; auditing of management and services management. The study of leadership and clinical governance for clinical primary care. The study of learning in primary care teams.

    View more

  • Module content:

    Study of the origins and emergence of Family Medicine. Study of the principles of Family Medicine. Study of the consultation. Study of patient-centred medicine, communication and the doctor-patient relationship. Study of medical ethics.

    View more


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