About the School of Medicine
Welcome to the Sefako Makgatho Health Sciences University (SMU). A year has passed since the birth of our new University. Our students continue to receive support from our Academic Guardians, the Centre for Academic Excellence, Mentors and Student Health centre in order ensure that our students who enrol for MBChB, MBChB Extended Degree Curriculum Programme (ECP), Diagnostic Radiography as well as Post-Graduate programmes receive academic/social/health support. The MBChB ECP was introduced especially for students from quintile 1 and 2 Schools in order to give them an opportunity to enter the mainstream MBChB programme on successfully completing the first year of the course.
Our 3 year Radiography programme will in the near future be changed to a 4 year programme, in line with the other professions allied to Medicine. Radiography students are given the opportunity to experience a variety of imaging modalities that have changed quite rapidly in the past 5 years with the advent of Digital Technology. A Radiographic Skills Laboratory is available for students to practice positioning and imaging techniques before they perform radiography on patients.
Radiography students are required to work under supervision during the normal working week days, week-ends and at night so that they can experience a variety of diseases/trauma that patients present with and assist the clinicians in making swift diagnoses.
The curriculum is constantly under review with the “students’ voices”. This is a very important aspect with regard to our social accountability towards our students who have an opportunity at all levels of study to give us guidance on our academic performance.
Students experience what it is to be a clinician/radiographer very early in their programme and are able to establish whether indeed the profession they embarked upon is one that they would actually want to pursue. Academic guardians are assigned to students from the first to the final year to assist with study techniques, time management and psychosocial problems. You are urged to make use of these facilities when required in order to ensure that you are successful in your career choice.
Our Post-Graduate Programmes continue to give our students a variety of choices for developing their professional careers in specialities of their choice. To this end a number of postgraduate Skills Laboratories have been construction to assist with either live or virtual skills development especially in the surgical disciplines such as General Surgery, Urology, Cardio-Thoracic Surgery and Plastics and Reconstructive Surgery. In the near future, both our undergraduate and postgraduate students will be able to view “live” surgical procedures in venues distant from the operating theatre. A viewing gallery is under construction for students to view autopsies for both medical and forensic investigations. We endeavour to ensure that our research output in all fields of study continues to improve in order for us to publish papers in peer-reviewed journals. SMU is an organization with a social conscience. We are recognized for providing unsurpassed primary care to underserved communities, thus our aim is to produce exceptional students, clinicians and researchers.