We offer a 5 year neurosurgical training program that leads to the qualification FCNeurosurg(SA)
- Paediatric Neurosurgery
- Advice on clinical case management
- Operative surgery
- Bedside clinical teaching
- Didactic lectures
- Intraoperative teaching
- Operating room equipment
- Surgical instruments
- Assistance with creating a full research partnership with joint research projects and academic exchange
- Assistance with Data collection, audit and outcome measurement
- Assistance with specific local research projects
- Assistance in planning or establishing a training/residency program
- Exchange programmes
- Observerships for trainees
- Supervision of trainees
- Teaching a new skillset to a trained neurosurgeon
The University of Cape Town is a leading African university, and one of only 3 institutions in the Developing World ranked in the Top 100 for Medicine (THE 2017). Our Division of Neurosurgery is committed to training neurosurgeons who will practise either in South Africa or Sub-Saharan Africa, and acceptance is competitive as we limit numbers in order to ensure adequate clinical exposure. Specialist training usually takes 5 years in our program - at any one time we typically have 5 registrars from other African countries in training. Applicants need to have completed their Internship and have evidence of sufficient experience in surgery to embark on a career in neurosurgery. After initial screening, prospective trainees are invited to visit our department to evaluate our training program first hand and undergo an interview.
Successful applicants require a licence from the HPCSA, must demonstrate that they have sufficient funding to support themselves for at least 5 years in Cape Town, and register for the degree MMed(Neurosurgery) at the University of Cape Town as well as enter the Fellowship examination of the College of Neurosurgeons of South Africa, FCNeurosurg(SA). Following completion of training, there are opportunities for fellowship training in paediatric neurosurgery, neurointervention and skull base surgery, neuroendoscopy and pituitary surgery, spine and neurocritical care. Countries in which our alumni practise include Uganda, Kenya, Zambia and Nigeria.
Please contact the Neurosurgery Program Director Dr Sally Rothemeyer for more information
Professor Graham Fieggen, Mauerberger Professor of Neurosurgery and Head of Division, University of Cape Town.