AT a time when tuition fees in tertiary education are of major concern, well known retired reproductive subspecialist Dr Paul Dalmeyer’s thesis could save the government some money.
Graduating with a PhD in Business Management at only NMMU’s second summer graduation in December, his thesis titled “A business model for medical subspecialty training” in South Africa, developed a model to train subspecialists in South Africa.
Where finance is a problem, his model suggests how to develop Public Private Partnerships (PPP) to ensure the training of specialists, removing the government as financiers of this expensive training.
His proposed business model suits a developing country where the focus is on primary healthcare, with financial and capacity constraints.
It will also assist in addressing the public outcry against tuition fees in tertiary institutions, as subspecialty training can, to a large extent, be removed from the national medical budget, and taken up by the private sector.
The pilot programme to date has produced three PhDs, seven Master’s degrees in embryology and seven fellowships in the field of reproductive medicine.
“Paul Dalmeyer is an astute businessman and this achievement perfected his contribution to the medical field and business,” said his promoter Prof Miemie Struwig from NMMU’s Department of Business Management. Prof Thinus Kruger from the Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology at Stellenbosch University co-promoted.
Dr Dalmeyer practised in Port Elizabeth as an obstetrician and gynaecologist with a focus on reproductive medicine for 30 years. He is internationally known for his fertility work and
Fembryo (The Dalmeyer Fertility Unit) – only fertility clinic in Port Elizabeth – is named after him.
Dr Dalmeyer currently lives in Cape Town and is involved in medical education at both Cape medical schools. He has been involved in the hospital business for many years and has served on the Life Healthcare Holdings Board.
Tel: +27 (0) 41 504 1111
Fax: +27 (0) 41 504 2574 / 2731
PO Box 77000, Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University
Port Elizabeth, 6031, South Africa
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