Medical Specialist

Reference number: MEDSPECORTHO/1/2014

Department: Orthpaedics and Trauma Unit

SALARY: Medical Specialist: R802 884 p.a.all inclusive salary Package (excluding commuted overtime).

CENTRE: Inkosi Albert Luthuli Central Hospital

REQUIREMENTS: The appointment to Grade I requires appropriate qualification plus registration with the Health Professions Council of South Africa as a Medical Specialist in a normal speciality (Orthopaedics). Registrars who have completed their training may also apply on condition that their appointment will be subject to them submitting documentary evidence of registration with the Health Professions Council of South Africa.

The appointment to Grade 2: R918 003 p.a. all inclusive salary Package (excluding commuted overtime) requires appropriate Qualification, registration certificate plus 5 years experience after registration, with the Health Professions Council of South Africa as a Medical Specialist in a normal speciality (Orthopaedics)

The appointment to Grade 3: R1 065 all inclusive salary Package (excluding commuted overtime) requires appropriate Qualification, registration certificate plus 10 years experience after registration with the Health Professions Council of South Africa as a Medical Specialist in a normal speciality (Orthopaedics)

Applicants must be currently registered with the Health Professions Council of South Africa as a Specialist in Orthopaedic Surgery. A minimum experience of 12 months in a dedicated arthroplasty unit is mandatory (total hip and knee arthroplasty unit). Candidates must also have experience in managing severe trauma. Candidates must be able to operate independently on patients with orthopaedic trauma and uncomplicated elective orthopaedic patients requiring surgical treatment. Purpose of Post: This post is primarily designed to enhance the candidates understanding and skills in Hip and Knee arthroplasty. It is hoped that candidates will have a superior understanding of Hip and Knee Arthroplasty after spending one full year in the unit.

DUTIES: The individual will provide expert knowledge in the specialty of Orthopaedics Surgery. This encompasses primarily the assessment and treatment of patients requiring orthopaedic care. The candidate will also be responsible for teaching junior medical and paramedical staff. He is expected to engage in research and perform administrative functions as directed by the Head of Department. He will also participate in orthopaedic outreach programmes within the framework of the Department of Health. After hours duties are mandatory. Provide orthopaedic care to patients with orthopaedic conditions, especially trauma. Provide orthopaedic services to the trauma unit and elective orthopaedic services. Be responsible for basic operations, especially for bone and soft tissue trauma. To supervise and teach new doctors in the treatment of orthopaedic conditions, especially trauma. Conduct Out-patient clinics in the hospital. Conduct patient management in the wards including both High Care and Intensive Care Unit and ensuring set standards are maintained. Doctors have to be available after hours to provide relevant emergency cover as required. Clerk all admissions and compile discharge summaries. Be responsible for all letters and assist patients with SASSA forms and medico-legal issues and forms. Conduct research in the field of orthopaedics. The candidate will publish a minimum of two articles in a peer reviewed journal in his year of employment. The incumbent will also be responsible for teaching of medical, paramedical and nursing staff. Prepare and Attend Mortality and Morbidity meetings as required.

ENQUIRIES: Prof IE Goga Tel 031-240 1000

APPLICATIONS: All applications must be addressed to the Human Resources Manager, and should be placed in the application box situated at Security at the entrance to the Management Building at IALCH or posted to Private Bag X03 Mayville 4058.

CLOSING DATE: 06 June 2014

This Department is an equal opportunity, affirmative action employer, whose aim is to promote representation in all levels of all occupational classes of the Department.

NOTE: Directions to candidates: The following documents must be submitted: Application for employment form (Z83), which is obtainable at any Government Department OR from the website -, must be signed and dated. Curriculum vitae with full record of service, certified copy of ID documentation, Driver’s license and certified copy of the highest educational qualifications. The reference number must be indicated in the column (Part A) provided on the Z83 form. E.g. DFH 01 / 2014. NB: Failure to comply with the above instructions will disqualify applicants. Please note that due to the large number of applications received, applications will not be acknowledged, correspondence will be limited to short listed candidates only. The appointments are subject to positive outcome obtained from the NIA to the following checks (security clearance, credits records, qualifications, citizenship, and previous experience verification). Applicants in possession of a foreign qualification must attach an evaluation certificate from the South African Qualifications Authority (SAQA) to their applications. Non- RSA Citizens / Permanent Residents / Work Permit holders must submit documentary proof together with their applications.

Applicants are respectfully informed that, if no notification of appointment is received within 4 weeks after closing date, they must accept that their applications were unsuccessful. Persons with disabilities are encouraged to apply Please note that no S & T payments will be considered for payment to candidates that are invited for interviews.

Click here to download a Z83 Application Form.

Questions after the interview:

At the end of an interview there is usually an opportunity where you can ask any questions you might have. This is a great opportunity to show the interviewer that you are interested in the position as well as the company. It is a good idea to prepare a few questions before the interview – this can be done while you are doing research on the company.

Your questions should show the interviewer that you are a good candidate for the position. Try and avoid questions that are based on your personal needs and preferences, for instance:

- How much leave will I get in a year?
- Will I be considered for promotion in my first year?
- When will I get an increase?
- What time can I leave in the afternoon?

These questions are inappropriate at this stage and will probably raise concerns on the side of the interviewer. Should you be the successful candidate then all these questions will be answered in your letter of appointment so don’t waste this opportunity by asking these basic questions.

If the position is an entry level job or very junior then you are welcome to ask questions in line with the position, for instance:

- Why did the previous person leave the position?
- What would the successful person be tasked to do in a typical day?
- How does this position fit into the department and / or company?
- Could you explain the company structure to me?
- Is there any further education assistance or support?

If the position is more senior then you can prepare question around the following themes:

- current issues that will face the successful candidate;
- inter-personal challenges in the department;
- any process, technology or people challenges that needs to be attended to urgently;
- key result areas that need urgent attention in the first few months;

The above information should get you started. Prepare a few questions so that you can show your worth. Good luck with your interview!
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