Welcome to Emergency Medicine

The Division of Emergency medicine is driven by highly motivated specialists who believe in training doctors to deliver a high level of emergency care to all categories of patients that present to a hospital with an emergency. Emergency Medicine bridges the pre-hospital & in-hospital gap in the acute care pathway to provide immediate specialist level care at the “coal face” of the hospital in order to reduce complications and improve patient outcomes. The academic Division of Emergency Medicine at UKZN’s School of Clinical Medicine provides an active teaching program that equips doctors with the knowledge and skills to deliver specialist emergency care of an international standard.

The curriculum spans four years. Registrars are expected to rotate through numerous hospitals in order to gain a broad based experience. Currently there are two rotation sites; Pietermartizburg (Edendale hospital) and Empangeni (Ngwelezane hospital). A minimum of 18 months of the rotation is done in Specialist led Emergency Departments that provide constant supervision and on site training. Registrars are expected to pass a primary exam (FCEM 1), complete the CEMSA Emergency Ultrasound (EFAST) course and accreditation, complete the MMed (research component) and pass the final exit exam (FCEM2).

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