The Department of Paediatrics and Child Health is responsible for the Paediatric training of the Undergraduate medical students in the College of Health Sciences, from 4th yrs to 5th yrs.
Please see the undergraduate regulations under the University of Zimbabwe website
- MBChB IV (12 weeks for each group, 3 groups per year)
- MBChB V (5 weeks for each group, 6 groups per year)
Course content (MBChB)
- Clinical teaching of various diseases – including HIV and AIDS and TB in Children
- Clinical examination skills3. Community Paediatrics
- Communication skills
- Field Attachment
Mode of Delivery for the listed courses – MBChB IV and V
- Formal Lectures
- Bedside tutorials
- Small groups of Friday 12 – 1pm tutorials (MBChB V only)
- Rural attachment
- Grand round presentations
- Case presentations
- Students write a multiple choice exam (MCQ) paper when they are in 4th year at the end of the year and as a whole group.
- 4th year Data/Slide exam An OSCE (Clinical exam) is done when students are in 4th year after they finish their Paediatrics rotation.
- 4th year logbooks are marked
- 5th year log books are marked
- Long cases
- Manned OSCE
- Unmanned OSCE which comprises of data and slides
- Elective Students
The Department offers clinical elective training programmes to international and Zimbabwean undergraduate students studying our health sciences degree at other institutions. Students who are accepted to join our elective programmes undergo the same clinical training and exposure to clinical work that our own undergraduate students undergo during their final or 4th year clinical year of training. The Department only considers those students who are in their final year of study at other institutions for placement for elective periods ranging from 2 weeks. Training normally takes place at Harare Children;s Hospital and Parirenyatwa Group of Hospitals.
Postgraduate Training- Masters in Medicine (Paediatrics) (MMED-Paediatrics)
Training Requirements for Paediatric Specialist Registration
This programme trains medical doctors to become specialists and are appointed as registrars and follows a 4 year training programme. As an interested candidate you have to apply to the Institute of Continuing Health Education (ICHE) and this is always advertised widely in the published media. To be considered for a post you will need:
- To have fulfilled the MOHCC post internship requirements (2 years in Central Hospital, or 1 year in District Hospital or outside Harare)
- Sponsorship if post internship period has not been completed
- To be registered as a Medical Practitioner
Teaching Programme for MMEDM.
- Med I (1 year)
- M.Med II (3 years) leading to qualifying as a specialist in Paediatrics and Child Health.
Teaching is done on major ward rounds and at clinical meetings, a regular afternoon is set aside especially for registrar teaching.
Mode of Delivery
- Formal Lectures
- Rural and City Health attachment
- Clinical/bedside tutorials
- X-ray meetings
- Grand round meetings
- Journal Club Presentations
- At the end of each 3 month rotation, students are assessed by their unit heads and feedback is given. The rotations include general paediatrics and neonatology.
- Students are assessed every 4 months their clinical skills by having a MOCK long and short case exam followed by individual feedback.
Combined Basic Sciences examinations administered by ICHE
MMed Paediatrics Part I Paper II Short answer questions (MPD 502)
- MMED Part II year 2 and 3 don’t write professional examinations
- MMED Part II year 4 (final)
Paper I Essays (MPD 503)
Paper II Short answer questions (MPD 504)
Paper III Child Health Paper (MPD 505)
Child health paper
Clinical exam (OSCE long and short case)
For more information please check on the UZ website for the postgraduate regulations.
Research: MMED Dissertation
In partial fufilment of the MMED Degree in Paediatrics and Child Health, a student is required to submit a dissertation. The student should aim to undertake a research project with a view to producing a 'publishable' journal article. The thesis is marked by one internal and one external examiner.
Please click here for the current MMed Guidelines (insert guidelines pdf)