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The Haematology Division offers training at a number of different levels as well as in a number of different disciplines:

Specialist Training

Medical doctors may specialize as registrars in the department via the completion of a fellowship obtained from the College of Medicine of SA and/or a MMed (UCT) degree. 
We encourage the completion of both the College and MMed degrees. 
The MMed involves completing a dissertation in addition to the College qualification.

Current and recent dissertations within the department:

Dr Willie van Schalkwyk has graduated in December 2009 having completed his thesis "The diagnostic utility of bone marrow biopsies performed for the investigation of fever and/or cytopenias in HIV-infected adults at Groote Schuur Hospital"

Dr Theo Gerdener is working on "Diagnosis, prognosis and molecular monitoring in APL"

Dr Almero du Pisani is working on "Developing a novel flow cytometric method for determining the mutational status of Nucleophosmin in Acute Myeloid Leukaemia"

A number of different registrar rotations are accommodated including Haematology Pathology, Clinical Pathology and Clinical Haematology. Each of these rotations is completed over a different time period but training is offered in all aspects of haematology which includes morphology, bone marrow analysis, coagulation, flow cytometry, haemoglobinopathy testing and molecular analysis. Registrars rotate through both GSH and RXH and thus have exposure to both adult and paediatric haematology. They are also are required to spend some time at the Western Province Blood Transfusion Services.

Registrar rotations


Masters Degree

The Masters program consists of a laboratory project, culminating in the submission of a dissertation. 
The average length of this degree is 2 years.

Contact Dr Karen Shires or Dr Shaheen Mowla with regards to potential projects that are on offer.


BSc(Med)(Hons) booklet for 2013

Undergraduate Medical Students

In the pre-clinical years, the Haematology department is involved in the Problem based Learning tutorials and in the curriculum design. Lecture, facilitation and tutorials are given by numerous members of staff to all years in the undergraduate program.

Technologist and Technician training

Other ongoing projects are regularly tackled in the diagnostic laboratory in order to improve the diagnostic service and the repertoire of tests on offer.