The Postgraduate Diploma in Palliative Medicine at University of Cape Town being my first International Course, I had no idea as to how the course will turn out.

I must say the course is intense , well structured and comprehensive. It requires effort to complete the necessary 1200hrs training and has the most supportive tutors/mentors to help one get through the course.1

There are 2 contact sessions which are mandatory for the candidate to attend (Jan and June) with each session lasting for 5 days.

It is an active course with 8 Assignments and a forum topic to be discussed every other week.

The emphasis is more on how a student is utilizing the learnt knowledge in day to day practice and not just memorisation of facts.

The final exams are held in November which consists both theory and viva. The “lucky” ones graduate in December.



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