Friday, 19 June 2015

Emergency Medical Sciences Graduate Centre becomes a reality

Partnership: Sandi Goodwin (PPS), Dean of Faculty of Health and Wellness Sciences, Professor Dhiro Gihwala, Christopher Lloyd (HOD of EMS) and Riana ‘O Neill (PPS) at the recent handover of the donation. Partnership: Sandi Goodwin (PPS), Dean of Faculty of Health and Wellness Sciences, Professor Dhiro Gihwala, Christopher Lloyd (HOD of EMS) and Riana ‘O Neill (PPS) at the recent handover of the donation.

The Emergency Medical Sciences (EMS) Department is forging ahead with establishing a dedicated space for its graduate students.

Thanks to a generous R200 000 donation from the Professional Provident Society (PPS), the Centre for EMS Graduate Studies will soon begin taking shape.

EMS Head of Department, Christopher Lloyd, says the department has recently moved into a modern new building, custom-built for the specialised needs of students, graduates and lecturers. One of the rooms in the building has been earmarked as a Centre for EMS Graduate Studies. 

“It is intended to be a venue where graduate students gather for research purposes, think-tanks and brainstorming sessions, focus group discussions, tutorials, internet research and socialising. We see this space as a catalyst for the promotion of intellectualism and thought-leaders in our profession.”

Lloyd says the department is widely regarded as the best in South Africa, if not the continent. Students are trained in both advanced life support and medical as well as rescue skills. They are thus in high demand internationally, as evidenced by the recent mission to earthquake-struck Nepal.

Sandi Goodwin and Riana ‘O Neil of PPS say they are proud to be associated with the department.

“While PPS offers insurance, investment and healthcare solutions exclusively for graduate professionals, the financial education of students is a large part of our offering. It makes us happy to guide students in financial planning.”

Students in their fourth academic year of study, studying towards one of the PPS eligible professions, are also entitled to membership.

Written by Janyce Weintrob

Tel: +27 21 460 3514
Email: weintrobj@cput.ac.za