Medicine Research News
Research undertaking by the Department
Anatomy and Histology
Presented on Research Day 2011 (Catace) Clinical versus Echo features of cardiac tamponade by Dr Ntuli.
Diagnostic Radiology & Imaging
Family Medicine & Primary Health Care
Publication of 14 articles in peer reviewed, accredited journals (local and international)
Attendance of departmental staff at the National Family Practitioners conference
Research Workshop – Prof Colleen Aldous
The Department of Surgery invited Prof Colleen Aldous on 2 occasions to run a research workshop on protocol preparation and paper writing. Prof Aldous is an associate professor and academic Leader: Research in the School of Clinical Medicine at the University of KwaZulu-Natal. She is involved in the mentorship of research at postgraduate level across several medical disciplines, eg surgery, dermatology, paediatrics, opthalmology, general medicine and psychology.
As a result of her workshops, publications from the department of Surgery has progressed significantly. Apart from the articles and case reports published in 2016, two papers (Dr F Mosai & Dr M Vally) were submitted for publication and two more manuscripts (Dr T Sumbana & Dr SN Phaleng) are being prepared for submission. We will continue to hold these workshops in 2017.
Prof MZ Koto received a Research Development Grant for his PhD Studies
Hand & Microsurgery
The Department has grown from strength to strength as it continues to train more fellows in Basic Microsurgical Course which enhance the skills of the fellows in different field of their speciality. The training of the registrars in Orthopaedic has increased and the number of Registrars that are involved with Post Graduate Research also increasing. We are also involved in outreach programme in the three different Hospitals which has reduced a lot of load in our Hospital.
Due to the Outreach programme we managed to receive support from Ottobock who will provide prosthesis and funding of our outreach
Research activities have improved and this was reflected in 2016 by four Registrars of the Department who presented at the Annual Research/Academic Days of SMU in 2016.
There was noticeable and significant improvement in Registrars formulating research topics and choosing Research Supervisors early in the postgraduate programme.
2016 was characterised as a year with improved attendance of Registrars at the SMU-organised REME course and a number of Supervisors attended the SMU-organised “Supervisors’ Workshop”.
A Departmental Manuscript Committee was established last year to improve research publication output.
Doctoral thesis – on going study (HOD)
The Department of Ophthalmology has retained its reputation for innovative thinking and pioneering procedures refined and pioneered here. Glaucoma remains one of the leading causes of permanent blindness in the population served by this institute. We are maintaining our efforts to provide a permanent surgical solution that is complication free. When it comes to preventable blindness we continue to do high volume cataract surgery. The department also participated in the World Sight Day and had a cataract surgery week where extra surgery was performed.
towards prevention of retinopathy of prematurity.
MMed Dissertation and Article by Dr TKhumalo: Awareness and monitoring of endotracheal and tracheostomy tube pressures in a multidisciplinary intensive care unit.: Sent in to SA Journal of Critical Care 2016
Hospital stay, cost, function