At the end of 2010, Prof Bongani Mayosi was awarded seeding money for a proposal submitted to the Vice Chancellors’ Strategic Fund for the introduction of an intercalated MBChB/PhD degree after 10 years for medical students or a sequential coursework-based PhD in Clinical Research after 4 years for new graduates from nursing, physiotherapy, occupational therapy, speech therapy or dietetics (AHS).
The purpose of the programmes is to train and inspire a new generation of clinical researchers to replace the ageing pool of largely white male and white academics in health science faculties and to increase the pool of clinical researchers in general.
As these programmes will be targeted at the most able, talented and motivated students with the potential to become leaders in their field, they will focus on the top 5-10% of students in each graduating class. The programme will draw students from not only the UCT Faculty of Health Sciences, but also from the historically black institutions in South Africa such as Universities of Limpopo and Walter Sisulu (our External Partners) and other institutions in Africa where we already have established links (University of Ibadan, Nigeria, and the Kigali Institute of Health).
The first six medical students from UCT have started the intercalated programme at the beginning of 2011 and the coursework master’s for Clinical Research component for the AHS is currently being developed for the first intake of students in 2013.
The purpose of the workshop was to discuss and explore ways of increasing the quality and quantity of PhDs in the clinical sciences at South African and African medical schools by participation of the External Partners, other institutions from South Africa; funders; research institutions; professional and educational bodies; and student representatives.
We recently hosted a workshop about increasing the Quality and Quantity of PhDs in the Clinical Sciences at South African and African medical schools. Click to view the