We aim to bring together aspiring, emerging and accomplished clinician scientists to share and celebrate research excellence.
Since 2012 South Africa has developed a critical mass of clinician scientists. The number of specialists with PhDs has increased, some universities have an MBChB/PHD programme, and currently there are at least 2 students doing PHDs at community service level. Through the South African Clinician Scientists conference, we aim to bring together aspiring, emerging and accomplished clinician scientists to share and celebrate research excellence. The conference will have important research themes, workshops, dynamic keynote speakers, and will provide opportunities for clinician scientists, clinicians and scientists to share their research findings and expertise.
Transforming health care in Africa requires concerted efforts to accelerate progress towards Sustainable Development Goals (SDG), by 2030.
Strategic disruptive innovation in health, through investing in the recruitment and training of the clinician scientist, is a potential game changer for the African region that disproportionately carries a considerable burden of global disease for the majority of priority conditions under the SDG goal number 3. The introduction and capacitation of clinician scientists as a uniquely skilled medical researcher and professional category in this regional context, could prove impactful in the implementation of best practice suitable for the population wherein research is conducted for the above-mentions global health priorities.