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Applications re-opened: The 2020 WFSA/ IARS Clinical Research Fellowship in ‘Global Surgery and Anaesthesia in Africa’

The WFSA Education Committee, WFSA Scientific Affairs Committee, the International Anesthesia Research Society and the Department of Anaesthesia and Perioperative Medicine of the University of Cape Town are partnering to provide one Clinical Research Fellowship of a seven month duration in South Africa with support from the University of Western Ontario. 

This opportunity is open to anaesthesiologists from African countries and the position available will be hosted at The Department of Anaesthesia and Perioperative Medicine, Groote Schuur Hospital and the University of Cape Town. 

The Department of Anaesthesia and Perioperative Medicine, Groote Schuur Hospital and the University of Cape Town are tertiary institutions providing anaesthesia and critical care specialist training, and tertiary and quaternary healthcare provision. These Departments have strong clinical research programmes. 

The aim of the fellowship programme is to develop the skills necessary to lead collaborative clinical research in Africa. The objective is that once the fellowship is complete, the fellow will return home with the necessary skills to establish and maintain collaborative research projects in their home country. The anticipated start date of the fellowship is July 6, 2020.  

Fellowship Details

The fellowship will include the following:

Clinical Research Training

1. Clinical research education:

WFSA teaching modules and selected IARS education modules
Remote training from the University of Western Ontario 
Small group research teaching at the University of Cape Town

2. Good clinical practice (GCP)

3. Project officer: The fellow will be a project officer for either one of the African or South African collaborative research projects. This would entail writing standard operating procedures (SOPs), site education and initiation, regulatory procedures (ethics applications etc.), data management and site visits.

4. Clinical investigator: The fellow will be a clinical investigator in some of the collaborative research projects running in the host department.

5. Diploma in Global Surgery: The fellow will complete the Diploma in Global Surgery at the University of Cape Town. 

6. Clinical research publication: There will be opportunities for development and mentorship of the applicant’s own research project. The goal is for the fellow to present his/her work in a major anaesthesiology meeting and to publish at least one original paper in an indexed journal.

7. Potential to contribute to a research or policy initiative with the WHO EESC and one or more of its Collaborating Centres.

Clinical Anaesthesia training

1. The fellow will be able to participate in the clinical anaesthesia educational activities of the Department.

2. The fellow may provide adult anaesthesia at Groote Schuur Hospital and its satellite hospitals (UCT), and Inkosi Albert Luthuli Central Hospital and its satellite hospitals (UKZN), provided the fellow has obtained the necessary regulatory approval from the Health Professions Council of South Africa (HPCSA).

3. The fellow will provide clinical care and research investigator activities in the preoperative anaesthesia clinic, which has a focus on perioperative medicine for low and middle-income countries.

Criteria for applicants

To apply, applicants must fulfil ALL following criteria: 

Must be a national of an African country and currently working as a physician anaesthesiologist in that country
Must be recognised as a physician anaesthesiologist in their home country
Must be returning to their home country to a recognized post after the Fellowship

The applicant should preferably be:

Working in a teaching hospital
Less than 40 years old

A successful applicant would also then need:

UCT/ UKZN visiting international student registration
Health Professions Council of South Africa (HPCSA) registration in order to undertake clinical duties
Malpractice insurance 
Travel and medical insurance

How to apply

Please complete the online application form here and provide all required supporting documents. The deadline for applications is the 9th February 2020. 

• Curriculum vitae with one recent photo and the names of two referees
• Letter of recommendation from your national anaesthesiology society
• Letter of recommendation from the Head of Department at your current workplace (hospital/institution)
• Scanned copy of your medical degree
• Scanned copy of your specialist qualification
• Scanned copy of passport

A selection panel comprising of members of the WFSA Education Committee, WFSA Scientific Affairs Committee and the Department of Anaesthesia and Perioperative Medicine, University of Cape Town will assess all applications. Shortlisted applicants may be required to participate in a video interview. The deadline for applications is the 9th February 2020 and successful applicants will be notified before the end of February 2020.

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