The fifth annual predoctoral short course for prospective doctoral students was held in February this year by the Department of Interdisciplinary Health Sciences. The course is open to prospective students from all departments in the Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences (FMHS) as well as candidates from other institutions.
“The course was developed to prepare prospective students for doctoral studies and to speed up the process of writing their doctoral protocols within the FMHS,” said Prof Usuf Chikte, project owner and Executive Head of the Department.
This year 24 students, of which 14 were full-time staff members, registered for the programme. “While the majority of students were South Africans, students from other countries also attend the course,” Chikte said. “This year, we had students from Cameroon, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Jordan, Nigeria and Zimbabwe.”
Chikte said it is encouraging that students from 14 disciplines at the FMHS registered for the course. “Students from disciplines such as Occupational Therapy, Human Nutrition, Nursing, Physiotherapy, Paediatrics and Child Health, Internal Medicine and Family Medicine and Primary Care attended,” he said.
Feedback from the students was overwhelmingly positive. One student commented that the programme and presentations were of excellent value and quality and it was indeed a privilege to gain insight and get personal tips from such an established group of academics.