Sefako Makgatho Health Sciences University (SMU) surgical registrar, Dr Neima Kumar has put the institution on the mark by winning the best presentation prize at the 2017 Registrars Symposium. The event was hosted by the Department of Surgery, Faculty of Heath Sciences, University of the Witwatersrand from 4th – 5th July 2017.

Registrars from the following countries such as: Zimbabwe, Zambia, Namibia, Malawi and Botswana, were also present at this annual event where senior surgical registrars of all medical schools in the country met to present a wide range of surgical topics

As an institution, we are very proud of this achievement as it is the first time in the history of SMU to win this prize

45th Meeting of the Surgical Research Society of Southern Africa

Sefako Makgatho Health Sciences University (SMU) took part at the 45th Surgical Research Society of Southern Africa also hosted by the Department of Surgery, Faculty of Heath Sciences, University of the Witwatersrand from 6th – 7th July 2017.

The institution presented 9 research papers including two by the medical students, X Bekebu and P Abe to an audience of surgeons, registrars, scientists, medical students and other health care professionals.

Distinguished guests representing the UK (Society of Research and Academic Surgeons), the Europe (European Society of Surgical Research (ESSR)) and the USA (Society of University Surgeons) were also present.

After being nominated for the prestigious Bennie Argon prize for the best paper at the 45th annual Surgical Research Society of Southern Africa, Dr Imraan Sardiwalla won the overall best research prize for his paper entitled “laparoscopic lavage or Suction only in complicated appendix: A randomized control trial”

As an institution, we are proud of Dr Sardiwalla’s phenomenal achievements, as it has placed SMU amongst the top research intense Academic institution in South Africa

A big thank you to our doctors for a job well done in representing institution.

The abstracts for the SRS-SA Meeting are peer-reviewed and will be published in the South African Journal of Surgery