The MMed Unit was created as a new unit in the Research Development & Support Division in 2016, under the leadership of distinguished Professor Robert Gie, to support the research capacity development of Masters of Medicine (MMed) students in the Faculty of Medicine & Health Sciences (FMHS).
The Health Professions Council of South Africa (HPCSA) requires MMed candidates to complete a research component to qualify and register as a medical specialist in South Africa. This poses a number of challenges in the clinical environments, including the significant amount of time over and above high patients loads that the research component requires, as well as the relative lack of research experience of most MMed students, most of whom have not conducted research before and have limited research skills as a result. Consequently, students risk not submitting their research component on time and cannot be awarded their MMed degrees, delaying their ability to register as specialists with the HPCSA.
Through this Unit, Prof Gie supports all FMHS-registered MMed students with the research component of their degrees, from the planning and implementing phase to the successful completion of the project. This includes providing dedicated time and space for proposal writing, as well as the development of modules and courses to enhance research skills.
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Prof Robert Gie
Head: MMed Unit
Tel: 021 938 9064
Office number: 2212 on the second floor Clinical Building, In the Department of Paediatrics and Child Health, right at the end of the passage.Availability: Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays. Please send an e-mail to set up an appointment