Introduction

The Postgraduate Diploma in General Practice aims to equip general practitioners with the knowledge and skills to survive in an environment with ever-changing influences of the external environment. The programme is designed to meet the needs of medical practitioners in the continuous updating and expansion of their knowledge to ultimately satisfy the need of the community and other role players such as the HPCSA and the Government. The clinical subjects address the more pressing public health issues, while the non-clinical subjects are designed to help general practitioners deal with a rapidly changing healthcare environment. The qualification is therefore designed to provide an easily accessible curriculum which allows for continued professional development around subjects of direct relevance to the medical practice environment. 

Who Should Enrol

Prospective students must be in possession of the MBChB or equivalent qualification and be registered with the HPCSA or a similar regulatory body outside South Africa.

Learning Outcomes

On achieving this qualification, a learner will be able to:

  • Dissect the effect and impact of the most important legislative provisions relating to health and healthcare practitioners and recognise and  analyse private healthcare delivery system practices in South Africa.  
  • Identify and interpret situations where ethical principles are to be utilised and be able to debate and solve such ethical dilemmas.
  • Demonstrate the ability to effectively manage a healthcare practice as a business.
  • Demonstrate the required competence to effectively and comprehensively assess, diagnose and manage paediatric, adolescent, adult and pregnant patients presenting with either communicable and non-communicable diseases, by following an evidence-based and patient-centred approach. 

Course Design

The PGDip (General Practice) is a part-time distance course consisting of 10 modules (8 compulsory and 2 electives). Each module is supported by extensive self-study learning material. 

Course Content

The following outline provides an overview of the content to be covered in this programme and the ways in which your progress will be assessed.  You will need to complete the Compulsory Modules, followed by the Core Modules, before proceeding with Elective Modules.

Compulsory Modules (2 modules)

  • Medical Ethics
  • Practice Management

Core Modules (6 modules)

  • Mental Health
  • HIV / AIDS
  • Metabolic Syndrome / Type 2 Diabetes
  • Cardio and common vascular conditions
  • Tuberculosis
  • Respiratory Disease

Elective Modules (Choose any 2)

  • Rheumatology
  • Rational use of Antibiotics
  • Allergies
  • Dermatology
  • Diabetes Mellitus

Assessment

The programme includes the following assessment opportunities:

  • 8 (minimum) to 10 (maximum) formative and or summative modular assessments (depending on choice of modules).
    • Including multiple choice questions (MCQs), integrated clinical case studies and real-life challenges arising from clinical practice.
  • Two written exams:
    • One after completion of the Core & Compulsory modules; and
    • One on the Elective modules.

Entry Requirements

Prospective students must be in possession of the MBChB or equivalent qualification and be registered with the HPCSA or a similar regulatory body outside South Africa.

Accreditation

• SAQA number 50143, NQF Level 8, 130 Credits

• Registered with the Department of Education as a Private Institution of Higher Education under the higher education act, 1997. Reg No. 2002/HE07/013

• Accredited for 27 Clinical & 3 Ethical CEU’s on level 2

Certification

FPD will award successful participants with a Postgraduate Diploma in General Practice on completion of this formal registered qualification should they successfully complete the assessment process.




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