The Division of Emergency Medicine was formed in collaboration with the University of Stellenbosch in 2001.
The initial function of the division was to provide formal, structured teaching in the discipline of Emergency Medicine. A teaching programme was developed, and a Master of Philosophy degree was registered at UCT.
Objectives of the Division
To promote interest in the discipline of Emergency Medicine in the medical community, to gain acceptance for Emergency Medicine as an autonomous speciality and to stimulate academic activities - including research - in Emergency Medicine in the Faculties of Health Sciences at the Universities of Cape Town and Stellenbosch
To develop undergraduate teaching programmes in Emergency Medicine
To offer a Master of Philosophy degree, a Master of Medicine degree, and a Master of Science degree in Emergency Medicine
To offer continuing medical education in the discipline of Emergency Medicine in the form of lectures, demonstrations, journal clubs, morbidity and mortality meetings, workshops, and courses
To promote a high standard of emergency care to patients in both the Pre-Hospital and In-Hospital sectors of the discipline, while supporting a continuous line of good medical management from the time that the patient is in need, while being transported, through to receiving good medical attention in the most appropriate medical facility