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27 February 2019

Melomed Gatesville partners with Stellenbosch University

The Melomed Private Hospital Group and Stellenbosch University, more specifically the Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences, have successfully established a partnership for the training of medical undergraduates. The collaboration between the respective parties started in 2017 and Melomed Gatesville Hospital is now officially an accredited facility to provide such excellent teaching and training. Throughout the year, the four-week rotation of the 4th-year medical students consists of them spending 4 weeks at Melomed Gatesville supervised and trained by highly skilled and qualified Melomed Specialists. The doctors of Melomed provide a transfer of rare clinical skills and knowledge to these Stellenbosch University 4th year students, by accompanying the specialist doctors on ward rounds and assist the doctors with patients.

Dr Zaraina Solomons Specialist Physician at Melomed Gatesville Hospital and also the co-ordinator for these students' states: "It's important to us that the students are able to receive safe and effective clinical training at our hospitals within the community. Melomed Gatesville Hospital provides that opportunity to expose the students to a health-system that helps to improve patient outcomes and reduce costs. Part of our training with the students include direct patient care evaluations, monitoring patient responses and successful discharge".

The training partnership between the respective parties has been such a huge success, that the Stellenbosch University has recognised Melomed Gatesville as a centre of excellence, which will prompt the roll out of the this partnership to other Melomed facilities, such as Melomed Mitchells Plain, Melomed Tokai and Melomed Bellville.

Melomed Management looks forward to the day when registrars (training specialists) are also trained within the Melomed Hospital Group.

On the 1st March 2019, the Chairman of Melomed Mr Ebrahim Bhorat and Professor Rafique Moosa, the executive head at the department of medicine signed the 2019 'memorandum of agreement' to ensure the ongoing support and collaboration.

Our Specialist Doctors below are external lecturers for Stellenbosch University Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences and they provide training to the medical students.


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