Clinical medicine is a field of medicine that deals primarily with the practice and study of medicine based on the direct examination of the patient. In clinical medicine, medical practitioners assess patients in order to diagnose, treat, and prevent disease. Medical may refer to both clinical and research activities within medicine, On the other hand, the term medical may mean non-surgical and clinical would apply to both. It is a mix of science and medicine.
In this article, we have list out the best universities for clinical medicine that have shown strength in producing research related to a variety of medical and biomedical topics. These include anesthesia, cardiology, general and internal medicine, gastroenterology, obstetrics, ophthalmology, radiology and surgery.
Here are the top 3 universities in South Africa for clinical medicine
The University of Cape Town
The University of Cape Town (UCT) is a public research university located in Cape Town in the Western Cape province of South Africa. UCT was founded in 1829 as the South African College making it the oldest higher education institute in South Africa. It is jointly the oldest university in South Africa and the oldest extant university in Sub-Saharan Africa alongside Stellenbosch University which received full university status on the same day in 1918.
The Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery (MBChB) degree programme at University of Cape Town (UCT) takes six years to complete. Students who graduate with an MBChB and complete two year’s internship and a year’s community service are allowed by the Health Professions Council of South Africa to practise as a medical doctor.
All students are admitted to the same Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgeryprogramme.
University of Witwatersrand
The University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, is a multi-campus South African public research university situated in the northern areas of central Johannesburg. It is more commonly known as Wits University. The university has its roots in the mining industry, as do Johannesburg and the Witwatersrand in general. Founded in 1896 as the South African School of Mines in Kimberley, it is the third oldest South African university in continuous operation, after the University of Cape Town (founded in 1829), and Stellenbosch University (founded in 1866).
The Wits Faculty of Health Sciences remains a leading research hub. Professional medical degrees offered include:
Stellenbosch University is a public research university situated in Stellenbosch, a town in the Western Cape province of South Africa. Stellenbosch is jointly the oldest university in South Africa and the oldest extant university in Sub-Saharan Africa alongside the University of Cape Town which received full university status on the same day in 1918.
The faculty of health sciences programme runs over six years and consists of three phases.
Phase 1: A foundation is laid during the greater part of the first year, by studying the natural sciences, such as Biology and Chemistry, within the context of health sciences, and basic aspects of health, and personal and professional development. The basic principles of the disturbance of body functions during illness and its treatment are also covered.
Phase 2 (clinical medicine): This phase extends from the second year to the end of the first semester of the fifth year and covers the theoretical and practical aspects of the normal structures and functions of the body’s various organ systems and their disorders in an integrated way. Already from the second semester of the second year students begin to acquire first-hand experience of the management of patients during clinical rotation modules.
Phase 3 (clinical consolidation or student internship): In the last three semesters, all training is practical and takes place in the clinical environment.
The six-year training is followed by two years of internship and thereafter a year of community service, subsequent to which you will be eligible for registration as an independent medical practitioner with the Health Professions Council of South Africa.