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MMed (Ortho) and FC (Orth) SA


-          The MMed training programme aims to allow registration is independent practitioner in orthopaedic surgery with the HPCSA. In order to achieve this, all the following requirements are to be met:

  • Proven fitness to practice as an independent orthopaedic surgeon as illustrated by competency in all seven of the CanMEDS domains:
    • Clinical skills, values, and behavior
    • Communication skills, values, and behavior
    • Collaboration skills, values, and behavior
    • Leadership skills, values, and behavior
    • Health advocacy skills, values, and behavior
    • Scholarship skills, values, and behavior
    • Professional skills, values, and behavior
  • Coursework - Successful completion of the final CMSA examination.
  • Research - Successful completion of the MMed Degree at UKZN (Dissertation passed or article published / accepted for publication).
  • Successful completion of prescribed training time of four (4) years in a HPCSA accredited training institution. (Please see criteria for withdrawal of registration below).

Entry Criteria

-          Minimum requirements

  • MBChB or equivalent
  • Current registration with HPCSA as independent practitioner
  • CMSA FC Orth SA Primary Exam Passed
  • 12 Months Experience in Orthopaedics

-          Added advantage

  • CMSA FC Orth SA Intermediate Exam Passed
  • Medical Officer time in a recognized orthopaedic department
  • Service in rural/regional/peripheral hospital
  • ATLS
  • Basic Surgical Skills
  • AO Basic Course


-          Trauma and General Orthopaedics

-          Arthroplasty and Arthroscopy

-          Spines

-          Paediatric Orthopaedics

-          Upper Limb

-          Tumour, Sepsis and Limb Reconstruction

-          Foot and Ankle

Postgraduate  Programme Coordinators

Dr Phakamani Mthethwa

Inkosi Albert Luthuli Central Hospital

Dr Jitesh Rajpaul

King Edward VIII Hospital

Dr Pieter Mare

Grey’s Hospital

Minimum Requirements: Supernumerary Registrars

Please note the following stipulations in relation to supernumerary registrar positions in the Department of Orthopaedics at the University of KwaZulu-Natal:

  • Supernumerary registrars participate in the prevailing registrar training programme in exactly the same manner as all other registrar. No special exemptions will be made for supernumerary registrars. Therefore, all registrars (albeit appointed by the KZN Dept of Health or as a supernumerary) are treated in exactly the same manner and no special allowances will be made for supernumerary registrar.
  • Training occurs at various hospitals throughout the province and registrars are required to rotate through different hospitals at the discretion of the head of department.
  • Supernumerary registrars are obliged to register for a MMed degree with UKZN during their training
  • The current duration of training is 4 to 5 years for supernumerary registrars.

A candidate is considered to be eligible to apply for selection as registrar in the Department of Orthopaedics, provided that the candidate:

1)    Fulfils all the requirements for eligibility for the degree MMed at the University of KwaZulu-Natal as described in the current College of Health Science Handbook:

a)    Holds a Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery qualification and has held such qualification for a period of at least two years prior to registration for the MMed; and

b)    Satisfies the requirements of the Health Professions Council of South Africa (HPCSA) to enter specialist training; and

c)    Satisfies the additional requirements of the specific MMed for which registration is being sought:

                                          i.    Minimum requirements (proof to be provided)

  1. FC Orth SA primary exams passed
  2. At least 12 months experience in orthopaedics

                                        ii.    Recommended:

  1. ATLS course completed
  2. Basic Surgical Skills completed
  3. AOTrauma – Basic Principles of Fracture Management course completed

Key Performance Areas for registrars in the department include:

  • Participation in and attendance of the departmental academic teaching and teaching programme and meetings
  • Maintain a portfolio of learning and logbook of surgical cases as prescribed by the CMSA
  • Academic performance (theoretical knowledge and skills)
  • Performing research towards an MMed degree
  • Clinical and Professional Practice competencies

Competencies required as registrar within the department:

  • Responsibility for clinical care of patients at designated clinical sites, including provision of after-hours care
  • Good interpersonal skills
  • Establishing professional therapeutic relationships with patients and families
  • Work effectively with colleagues and other health care professionals
    • Contributes to the improvement of healthcare delivery in teams, organizations and systems
    • Uses health-care resources wisely, conservatively and effectively, and utilise evidence and management systems to achieve appropriate care
    • Perform outreach as determined by clinical supervisor
      • Engages in the continuous improvement and enhancement of their professional activities through ongoing learning
      • Integrates best available evidence into clinical decisions; critically evaluate evaluates research results and the literature and incorporates these insights into clinical practice
      • Supervision and teaching of undergraduates
        • Demonstrates a commitment to patients by applying best practices and adhering to high ethical standards

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