The Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University (NMMU) in Port Elizabeth will establish South Africa's tenth medical school, after receiving approval from government.
The medical school will be opened by 2020 and will accept first year students and third year graduate entry students, explains NMMU's Health Sciences Faculty Dean Dr Victor Exner.
Dr Exner says that the med school will incrementally increase student capacity until it can accommodate 200 students a year.
He says that NMMU has been preparing a new training model for the school over the past four years.
The medical school will expand on an existing programme in the Health Sciences Faculty, which trains 10 different health professional categories.
He advised that South Africa needs to double up on medical schools to improve the doctor-patient ratio in the country.
We only currently have nine medical schools. We need about 20 medical schools just to cope.— Dr Victor Exner, Executive Dean of the Faculty of Health Sciences at NMMU
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