he Bachelor of Clinical Medical Practice (BCMP) degree is a 3 year, full-time programme that aims to develop a new group of health care workers (Clinical Associates).
The programme consists of three courses, one to be taken in each year of the three years of study. The first year provides a scientific foundation which will be used for the integrated study of all the organ systems of the body. The second year continues this process for different stages of life with focus on common, chronic and acute medical conditions that are seen in the district hospitals. The third year develops the role of the Clinical Associate in the hospital and community.
The qualified Clinical Associate will be expected to:
Assist with the assessment and management of emergencies in casualty or ward situations for children and adults, for all conditions likely to occur in a district hospital
Take responsibility for performing routine procedures in district hospital wards, casualty and the outpatient departments under supervision
Form an essential part of the health care team in areas of need.
Clinical Associates will be taught mainly at district hospitals with some training at other hospitals and Wits Medical School.
The curriculum is based on the principle of developing a sound knowledge of the medical and clinical sciences to enable understanding of conditions and management strategies. Students will be expected to have a detailed knowledge of the biomedical sciences in areas related to the performance of procedures.
The aim of the programme is to develop a group of Clinical Associates with the knowledge, attitudes and psychomotor skills to be able to assist doctors in district hospitals so as to improve patient care especially in rural disadvantaged communities.