Family Medicine & PHC Programmes


The department of Family Medicine offers or is involved in the following programmes:

  • Masters in Medicine (Family Medicine): This is a 4-year full-time postgraduate programme in Family Medicine. The training of the registrars takes place within the district health system at Community Health Centres and District Hospitals. During their training period, they spend one year in a tertiary academic referral centre in the major disciplines of General Surgery, Paediatrics, Obstetrics and Gynaecology, and Anaesthesia where they acquire additional knowledge and procedural skills that assist them to function better in the district hospitals. For more information, contact the department.
  • MBChB programme: The involvement of our department in the undergraduate level is at various levels within the six-year MBChB programme starting from Practice of Medicine in years one to four. The family medicine final year block is administered centrally from the Medunsa Campus with the students completing their clinical clerkships in Gauteng, North-West, Limpopo and Mpumalanga provinces. The assessment is both formative (during the block) and summative (at the end of the block). Details about the final year Family Medicine block are available from the department.
  • Refresher courses in clinical skills: The department offers refresher courses in clinical and consultation skills to medical practitioners in both private and public services to update their knowledge and skills in clinical medicine and procedural skills relevant to family practice. The course is offered 3 times a year in March, June and September. For more information, contact the department.