About Department of Medicine
The Department of Medicine of the University of Cape Town is a large academic and clinical department which plays a leading role in medical education and research, and provides clinical services to the communities of the Western Cape and, in the case of our highly specialised services, to patients throughout southern Africa.
Structure of the department
The Department consists of 18 clinical divisions and 10 major research units. The clinical divisions are Acute General Medicine, Cardiology, Clinical Haematology, Clinical Immunology, Clinical Pharmacology, Clinical Skills Centre, Dermatology, Emergency Unit, Endocrinology & Diabetology, Geriatric Medicine, Hepatology, Infectious Diseases and HIV Medicine, Lipidology, Medical Gastroenterology, Nephrology & Hypertension, Neurology, Pulmonology and Rheumatology.
The Department has 10 major Research Units: The Allergy Diagnostic & Clinical Research Unit, Albertina & Walter Sisulu Institute for Aging in Africa, Centre of Excellence for Chronic Diseases in Sub-Saharan Africa, Desmond Tutu HIV Research Centre, UCT/UCL Hatter Institute for Cardiology Research, UCT Leukaemia Unit, Lung Infection and Immunity Unit, UCT Lung Institute, MRC/UCT Liver Research Centre, MRC/UCT/UWC Research Unit for Traditional Medicines and the World Health Organisation Collaborating Centre for Drug Policy.
Our 2009 figures reflect a full-time academic staff of 13 Professors, 22 Associate Professors, 2 Honorary Associate Professor, 5 Honorary Professors, 3 Emeritus Professors, 25 full-time Senior Lecturers/Lecturers, 39 Honorary Senior Lecturers, 2 Honorary Research Associates and 36 permanent Administrative/clerical Staff.
Senior students comprise 33 Doctoral and 77 Masters students. The department also plays a major role in the education of 936 undergraduate.
Our staff provide clinical care to patients in our principal teaching hospital, Groote Schuur Hospital, and in its associated regional hospitals: GF Jooste Hospital, Somerset Hospital and Victoria Hospital, as well as in the UCT Private Academic Hospital. The Department of Medicine at George Hospital is a satellite training unit of the department. Our expertise spans the full spectrum of internal medicine, including highly specialised areas such as renal, cardiac and liver transplantation.
We have a strong research ethic and have a rising research output in both the basic and applied medical sciences. Click here to view Annual Research Report - 2009