Academic Programmes

Academic Activities


Members of the department continue to provide an excellent clinical service and teach both undergraduates (GEMP) and postgraduates general medicine and haematology, both within the Division of Haematology and also within the Department of Medicine. The unit is also accredited as a training unit for specialists in Clinical Haematology. Currently, there are two subspecialists in training.

Subspeciality trainees cover the syllabus as outlined for the Cert Clinical Haematology (SA) – (College of Physicians of South Africa, document November 2000), as part of their training requirements. All trainees participate in the departmental formal clinical training programme, as outlined in the table below. In addition, a focused meeting between the trainees and the head of Clinical Haematology is held on a regular basis where answers to questions given to the trainees beforehand, are critically discussed. Trainees are also given bedside tutorials and ‘mock’ vivas in preparation for their examinations.

Trainees are also expected and given the opportunity to present interesting patients at either the local Medicine meeting, the Medicine meeting at Johannesburg Hospital or the meeting organised by the Department of Haematology and Molecular Medicine.
The trainees are also taught how to administer chemotherapy, to use Hickman lines, to prepare patients for stem cell harvesting including inserting Quinton lines and to perform bone marrow biopsies.

There is a library on site (in the Haematology Research room and at CHBAH). Trainees also have access to the medical school library. Internet facilities are also available. Where feasible and relevant, trainees are encouraged to attend clinical updates, training courses and local and international conferences.
As the trainees are qualified physicians, they are expected to contribute to General Medicine (e.g. post-intake rounds, student teaching etc.), while training at Chris Hani Baragwanath Academic Hospital.

The trainees are also required to register for their MMed degrees if they have not already completed this during their registrar time.

N.B: The training programme does not include the compulsory one year that is spent at the NHLS laboratory, where there is a dedicated rotational program covering all aspects of laboratory haematology including morphology, coagulation, flow cytometry, molecular medicine, blood transfusion, cytogenetics and molecular haematology.