The Department of Medicine is a large 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 their highly specialised services, to patients throughout southern Africa. The Department consists of 21 clinical and service divisions, 11 major research units, and four affiliated departments of medicine at Mitchell’s Plain, New Somerset, II Military, and Victoria hospitals. Each day, members of the department treat an average of 2,000 patients in their clinics, admit about 100 patients to their hospital services and perform over 210 medical procedures. The department offers a number of highly specialised services that are unique nationally such as allergology, bone marrow, heart, kidney, and liver transplantation, cardiac electrophysiology, endobronchial ultrasound guided bronchoscopy, and double balloon enteroscopy for visualisation of the small bowel.
STRUCTURE OF THE DEPARTMENT
The Department consists of 19 clinical divisions and 11 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 11 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.
THEIR MISSION IS TO BECOME A DEPARTMENT OF TRUE ACADEMIC AND CLINICAL EXCELLENCE.
They will strive to improve the knowledge of physiology and disease, the treatment of their patients and the standard of education of their students and staff.
They will strive to improve the health and quality of life of the community they serve, the people of Southern Africa and further afield by training health personnel, disseminating knowledge and by finding new ways of promoting health and combating disease.
They will endeavour to give all staff the opportunities and the rewards they deserve and will develop strong multi-disciplinary teams enabling staff to achieve to the best of their ability. Their staff will be proud to be part of this organisation.
They will not tolerate discrimination or victimisation on any grounds.
The names of their university and its teaching hospitals, the care of their patients, the quality of their graduates and their research will be known and respected throughout Africa and elsewhere in the world.
Their purpose is to strive for academic excellence in order to improve health, well-being and quality of life of community whom they serve.
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