03 September 2014 Volume :2 Issue :46

New Satellite Office Benefits Pietermaritzburg-based Medical Students

New Satellite Office Benefits Pietermaritzburg-based Medical Students
The School of Clinical Medicine’s new satellite office at Greys Hospital in Pietermaritzburg.

A satellite office has been set up by UKZN’s School of Clinical Medicine (SCM) at the Parkhome of Greys Hospital to assist undergraduate and postgraduate Medical students with professional services that would otherwise be offered at the Medical School in Durban.

The Parkhome’s recently appointed Senior Admin Officer, Mr Ayanda Mthethwa, said it was the first satellite office of the Medical School.

‘We offer a range of administrative services to undergraduate students in addition to postgraduate services for Mmed students and Registrars,’ said Mthethwa, who pointed out that services were similar to those being offered by the SCM offices in Durban but were on a smaller scale.

‘Doctors no longer need to travel to Durban for postgraduate registration; they can now get it done at our office. We have a seminar room inside the Parkhome which is used for undergraduate teaching and other meetings.

‘Our office is responsible for fifth year undergraduate students who rotate at the PMB Complex - Edendale, Greys, Northdale, and Townhill hospitals - for the Paediatrics, Medicine and Psychiatry blocks. Our office also handles student examinations for these blocks.’

Mthethwa said the Parkhome had a local area network (LAN) offering services to academics, postgraduates and undergraduate students 24 hours a day. ‘Our office has two academics – one for undergraduate and another for postgraduate research – who offer assistance with the smooth running of each programme.

‘Because we are the satellite office of the Durban office, we have to make sure that whatever we do here is in sync with what is being done at the Medical School. The Durban office remains the custodian of all documentation being done in Pietermaritzburg.’

The School Operations Manager, Mrs Antoinette Botha, said establishing the satellite office was a progressive move for the SCM as each of the team member’s portfolios would ease administration.

The team comprises:

•   Senior Admin Officer (Office Manager) - Mr Ayanda Mthethwa (mthethwaa@ukzn.ac.za / 033-2606133)

•   Teaching Administration Officer - Ms Nhloso Hlophe (hlophe@ukzn.ac.za / 033-2606358)

•   Hospital Teaching Coordinators - Ms Nondumiso Mfungeni (Mfungeni@ukzn.ac.za / 033 260 6359) and Ms Nokukhanya Khwela (khwelan@ukzn.ac.za / 033 260 5943)

-          Lunga Memela


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