Nuclear Medicine Requirements at Wits

Nuclear Medicine Requirements at Wits

The department provides clinical nuclear medicine services on a daily basis to the four teaching hospitals in Johannesburg and their clusters. Due to limited resources and with nuclear medicine facilities located only in the two tertiary hospitals (CHBAH and CMJAH) in South Gauteng, services are also provided in North West Province. Our nuclear medicine team works hard to provide our patients with world-class imaging and therapy services, provide exceptional training for our registrars and radiologists, and conduct innovative research that informs the practice of nuclear medicine in our community. Enquiries can be directed to Lindiwe Nkosi at lindiwe.nkosi@wits.ac.za Please contact Lindiwe Nkosi at lindiwe.nkosi@wits.ac.za to find out when jobs are open and to leave them your contact details. In this center, nuclear medicine in South Africa was designed. Our department is part of an 832-bed Pretoria Academic teaching hospital, right in the capital of South Africa. In this lively hospital, the department is committed to improving patient care by maintaining and promoting the highest possible standards in education, research and clinical application of nuclear medicine. To accommodate our international colleagues, we have a short refresher course (Nuclear Medicine Observation Program) for fellows in geographic areas where nuclear medicine facilities are very limited. They are usually trained in places where nuclear medicine is widely exposed. VISION: Become a “first class” unit that is a model for others The Wits Donald Gordon Medical Centre (WDGMC) is the first and only private teaching hospital in South Africa.

It was founded in 2002 when the University of the Witwatersrand (Wits University) purchased Kenridge Hospital with a founding gift from the Donald Gordon Foundation. The facility was later renamed Wits Donald Gordon Medical Centre. Methods: Annual statistics and patient reports from the NM departments of Charlotte Maxeke Johannesburg and Chris Hani Baragwanath University Hospitals from January 2004 to December 2019 were analyzed. The International Atomic Energy Agency regularly sends fellows from other African countries for training in nuclear medicine. Physicians enroll in MMed (Nuc Med) and pharmacists and scientists in the master`s degree in nuclear medicine, while technologists (radiologists) can enroll in CPUT for a bachelor`s degree in nuclear medicine. MISSION: To promote the clinical role of nuclear medicine in the scientific care of the community We have an established centre of excellence, the Thyroid Cancer Clinic, which takes place every Wednesday and cares for patients outside Gauteng province. Another centre of excellence is our unique scintillation laboratory, which is only one of two in the country, to measure glomerular filtration rate (GRF) to prepare potential kidney transplant donors. It is also the only laboratory that offers the 14C breath test for H. pylori in the country, thus offering its services to private pathology laboratories. Our internal electronic records and information technology (VENUS) system is also unique in the public sector in South Africa. The Registrar training takes place over 4 years at CMJAH and CHBAH.

Further information can be found in the Nuclear Medicine Residency Training Booklet Due to its relationship with the Faculty of Health Sciences at Wits University, patients have access to specialists who have been recruited because they are leaders in their field and involved in cutting-edge research and patient care in South Africa and abroad. There are currently no positions available at the Registrar of Nuclear Medicine. In 2005, Mediclinic Private Hospital Group became a partner of Wits University and also received the management contract. Nuclear Medicine is a division of the Department of Radiation Sciences in the School of Clinical Medicine. There are two clinical departments at Chris Hani Baragwanath Academic (CHBA) and Charlotte Maxeke Johannesburg Academic (CMJA) hospitals. We offer in vivo and in vitro services that include a wide range of functional and molecular imaging using gamma cameras, PET/CT machines, gamma and beta counters and various open source radiation therapies. The hospital was established to create a private sector facility to train and retain specialists and sub-specialists in South Africa for South Africa. All training programs are fully integrated and complement existing training programs within the Wits Faculty of Health Sciences.

Objectives: The objective of this retrospective audit is to describe the evolution of the profile of nuclear medicine (NM) studies at WITS teaching hospitals from 2004 to 2019. Some fellows are sent for shorter training periods without enrolling in formal training programs. The main specialties of this 190-bed facility are transplant surgery, oncology (children and adults), gastroenterology (medical and surgical), geriatric medicine, interventional radiology, otolaryngology, urology, nephrology, cardiology, women`s health and orthopedics.