Symposium keeps doctors abreast of developments in their profession

160 medical practitioners stay on top of medicine

The sixth annual two-day symposium held over the weekend of 21 and 22 May by Netcare hospitals in the south western and eastern regions of Gauteng, provided more than 160 medical practitioners with the opportunity to stay on top of the latest developments in medicine and the healthcare profession.

Netcare’s Gauteng North East regional director, Dr Billyy van der Merwe, says the Continuing Professional Development (CPD) symposium, which took place at Emperors Palace on the East Rand, was an opportunity for healthcare practitioners to interact and learn from medical specialists who shared their knowledge and expertise.

“The medical field is constantly changing with new techniques, technology and medicine being developed. It is therefore important for practitioners to stay up to date with the latest techniques and trends. The presenting specialists covered the latest advances across a range of different medical disciplines,” Dr van der Merwe explains.

“These symposiums ultimately aim to ensure that patients within Netcare’s facilities receive up-to-date medical care. At Netcare we are dedicated to providing quality care, and creating opportunities for the doctors who use our facilities to stay fully appraised of medical innovation.”

Dr van der Merwe adds that the disciplines covered at the symposium included allergy and immunology, endocrinology, gastroenterology, orthopaedic surgery, cardiology, plastic and reconstructive surgery, psychiatry, general surgery, neuro-interventional radiology, nephrology, obstetrics and gynaecology.

Netcare hospital management teams and medical practitioners from Netcare Clinton, Netcare Linksfield, Netcare Linkwood, Netcare Linmed, Netcare Mulbarton, Netcare N17, Netcare Sunward Park and Netcare Union hospitals who attended the symposium agreed that the event was a great success.

With the growth of social media in South Africa and around the world, David Stanton, Netcare Education Faculty for Emergency and Critical Care’s campus manager, enlivened proceedings with an enlightening and memorable talk on the subject of social media.

“Delegates were enthusiastic about the knowledge they gained through the symposium and found it to be of great value to them as healthcare professionals. Netcare values the critical role that our healthcare professionals play, and remains dedicated to help facilitate their on-going professional development. We are humbled to have been able to organise this symposium and promoting the sharing of knowledge between our doctors,” concludes Dr van der Merwe.