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Studying Medicine at the University of the Witwatersrand

MBBCh I

The first year consists of courses in the Natural and Social Sciences that are relevant to the study of Medicine. Students take courses in Biology (Introduction to Medical Science), Physics, Chemistry Psychology and Human Behavioural Sciences and a course called Medical Thought and Practice where students are introduced to medical terminology and Health Systems Dynamics.

MBBCh II

During this year students will be introduced to normal human structure and function through in Anatomy, Physiology Molecular Medicine. Students continue with Medical Thought and Practice in the second year.

MBBCh III - GEMP I

The introductory courses, Preliminary Concepts in Medical Science (PCMS) and Life On The Streets (LOTS), are followed by five integrated organ-system blocks. The emphasis is on small group and independent student study. From week one in the first organ-system block, students will be introduced to the hospital and community environments. Assessments are taken in-course and if necessary again at the end of the year. Students have an elective at the end of the year.

MBBCh IV - GEMP II

Students continue with further organ-system blocks as in Year III, which is followed by an integrated examination at the end of the year.

MBBCh V - GEMP III

This the first of two years with a primary clinical focus. The year consists of rotations through a number of clinical disciplines while continuing to integrate the basic sciences and psychosocial domains with the clinical sciences. There will be assessments at the end of each block as well as an integrated examination at the end of the year. There is a three week elective period which may be taken locally or outside South Africa between the MBBCh V and VI years.

MBBCh VI - GEMP IV

The year consists of rotations through the major clinical disciplines (Medicine, Surgery, Psychiatry, Obstetrics and Gynaecology, Paediatrics and Primary Care), while continuing to integrate the basic sciences and psychosocial domains with the clinical sciences. There will be assessments at the end of each block as well as an integrated examination at the end of the year.

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