Medicine at University of Kwazulu Natal

Medicine at University of Kwazulu Natal

Medicine at University of Kwazulu Natal

Division of Medicine

The Division of Medicine is responsible for the provision of clinical services, academic and professional education and research in Internal Medicine. Functionally our activities are divided amongst the Departments of Cardiology, Dermatology, Endocrinology, Gastroenterology, General Medicine, Geriatric Medicine, Infectious Diseases, Nephrology, Neurology, Pulmonology Critical Care, and Rheumatology. The academic department is situated on the third floor of the Medical School building in Umbilo Road, Durban.

 

Prof RJ Hift MB CHB MMED (MED) PHD FCP(SA) FRCP

The Division of Medicine is responsible for the provision of clinical services, academic and professional education and research in Internal Medicine. Functionally our activities are divided amongst the Departments of Cardiology, Dermatology, Endocrinology, Gastroenterology, General Medicine, Geriatric Medicine, Infectious Diseases, Nephrology, Neurology, Pulmonology and Critical Care Medicine, and Rheumatology. The academic department is situated on the third floor of the Medical School building in Umbilo Road, Durban. Our clinical services are broadly divided into those at tertiary and quaternary level, provided primarily though not exclusively at the Inkosi Albert Luthuli Central Hospital (Durban) and Grey’s Hospital (Pietermaritzburg), and secondary services, based at King Edward VIII Hospital, Addington Hospital, Mahatma Gandhi Memorial Hospital, Prince Mshiyeni Hospital and RK Khan Hospital in Durban, and Edendale Hospital in Pietermaritzburg.Our undergraduate programme includes the internal medicine modules of the third, fourth and fifth years of the MB ChB curriculum, as well as the facilitation of problem-based learning modules in the earlier years of the programme. Our postgraduate responsibilities are broadly divided into two areas: professional training of registrars and fellows leading to registration as specialist physicians, neurologists and dermatologists, or to certification in subspecialist disciplines such as endocrinology, gastroenterology, nephrology, pulmonology and cardiology, and supervision of candidates for higher research degrees such as Masters and Doctoral students.

Education in the Division of Medicine

Introduction

With regard to education, our clients are:

Undergraduate and postgraduate medical students of the Faculty

Both groups require a combination of academic education and practical vocational training. The two are often in tension, and a balance has to be found between them.

Other postgraduate professionals and colleagues

Here we include our postgraduate courses and CPD activities for qualified health practitioners from various disciplines.

Students in the sciences

This is directed towards undergraduate and postgraduate students in the sciences particularly, who come to us for their Honours, Masters or Doctoral training.

Ethos of Education

We believe that education cannot be left to take place by itself without reference to educational theory, as has traditionally been the case with medical curricula. Accordingly, we endeavour to meet the following ideals in planning, delivering and evaluating our educational programmes.

Planning

All our courses are carefully planned, reviewed and evaluated. Planning begins with a detailed exposition of expected outcomes, followed by a decision on the assessment modalities required to assess those outcomes, leading thereafter to the actual planning of the teaching and learning programme.

Alignment

Outcomes, assessment and teaching are aligned. Once we know what it is we wish our students to achieve by the end of the course, we ensure that our assessments accurately reflect this, and that our teaching supports this.

Transparency

Expected outcomes and the reasoning behind the selection of specific modalities of both assessment and teaching/learning are made clear to both students and teachers.

Educational Defensibility

We endeavour to keep abreast of modern trends in medical education, and to ensure that our assessment and teaching/learning methodologies are appropriate and effective.

Standards

We commit ourselves to a high educational standard in terms of course planning, assessment and teaching.

How We Learn and Teach

Principles of Education

Our learning programmes are based on the principles of active, experiential, self-directed adult learning. These four principles are defined and described more fully here.

Development of Clinical Expertise

Our programmes are based on the premise that expertise cannot be taught, but arises out of:

  1. Experience
  2. “Effortful practice”

Thus all our vocational training is directed principally to promoting meaningful experience: (which equates to immersion in a clinical setting, doing all that doctors are expected to do), and to ensuring effortful practice (which entails that students are required to work at problem solving themselves, and are not merely exposed passively to patients and patient settings.)

Relations Between Teacher and Learner

In the Division of Medicine, we aspire to move beyond the teacher-learner, staff-student dichotomy. Relations are governed by the principal of collegiality. We as staff are senior, more-experienced colleagues; registrars are less senior, less-experienced colleagues and medial students are junior, even-less-experienced colleagues. We teach by example, and by inspiring our junior colleagues to aspire to our own knowledge, skills and attitudes. We treat our registrars and students with all the respect due to professional colleagues, and expect no more courtesy or respect from them than we are prepared to extend to them.

Education by humiliation has no part in our teaching. Our attitudes and behaviour, spoken or unspoken, are such as to promote self-confidence and a sense of self-worth in our registrars and students, and such as to encourage them to participate fully in our activities without fear of the consequences. Intimidation and fear have no place in our teaching and learning.

Race, gender, language and religion are irrelevant in terms of what our students can expect from us.

Contact Us

Reception:

Tel: +27 (0)31 260 4238

Head of Dept

Tel: +27 (0)31 260 4216
Fax: +27 (0)31 260 4420

Physical Address

Room 317, 3rd Floor, Medical School, 719 Umbilo Rd, Congella, Durban

Postal Address

Division of  Medicine, Third Floor, Medical School, Private Bag 7, Congella, South Africa 4013

Nelisiwe Zungu zungun10@ukzn.ac.za 031 260 4238
Nana Ngobese Ngobesen1@ukzn.ac.za 031 260 4159
Thulile Shezi shezit@ukzn.ac.za 031 260 4242

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