Medical Practitioner Course

The Emergency Centre Management (ECM) course is an online course designed to present Emergency Centre focused training from an Emergency Medicine perspective.

The focus is to train and equip Emergency Centre doctors and provide a certificate that assures your future Emergency Centre employers that you have covered a wide range of Emergency Centre topics and are therefore better placed to provide quality
emergency care. The ECM MP course is accredited for 30 CPD points via the South  African Medical Association (SAMA)

"It is very practical to what we work with everyday”

HOD, Emergency Centre

Designed and presented by an Emergency Medicine Specialist, the course covers a broad spectrum of topics and specialties needed daily in any Emergency Centre. The course topics range from major topics such as  CPR, intubation, and ventilation to common minor presentations like rashes, fever, and how to glue a wound.

The course comprises of 30 topics broken down into multiple smaller videos, followed by multiple-choice questions (MCQs). You can watch the videos at your own pace, with the system allowing you to stop and  re-join the course at any point. The moment you log back in, you will carry on from where you left off so that  you can work on the course at times that suit you.

Once you have finished a topic, you will complete 5 MCQs before continuing to the next module, ensuring  that all content is covered. In addition, because you complete the course as you go along, there is no large  exam that will require extra study time for the course to be completed. Almost immediately after watching  the last video and completing its MCQs, the course is complete.

You will have six weeks of access to the online videos and training content. Six weeks is more than enough  time to complete the course. After six weeks, your enrolment will expire, and you will no longer have access  to the online videos and training content. If you complete the course before the expiration of the six-week  access period, you will continue to access the online videos and training content for the remainder of the six  weeks.

If you have not managed to complete the course at this time, you will be able to request a further four  weeks of access. However, many candidates can comfortably complete the course in as little as three  weeks, so it is unlikely that you will have trouble with this.

“Excellent course. Honestly super informative.“

 Community Service Officer

Course Certificate

On completion, you will receive 30 CPD points and a course certificate. The course certificate is valid for  three years. If you would like to repeat the course within those three years of your valid certificate, you will  be able to purchase the course again at a reduced rate. This assists candidates who plan to complete any  future diplomas and would like to repeat the course to aid in their studying. The repeated course will also be  valid for 30 CPD points, and candidates will receive a new certificate on completion.

"Overall, really brilliant! Definitely recommending to other comm serves I know/second year interns in Family Medicine rotation.”

 Community Service Officer

Course Completion Time

The shortest time to complete the course was four days, and the longest was 41 days. The average time  taken to complete the course was 22 days. The majority of these candidates were employed full-time and  did not need to take leave to complete the course.

“Am really enjoying the course!”

 Medical officer, Emergency Centre


  • 30 CPD points accredited with HPCSA
  • 30 topic curriculum covering multiple specialties/topics
  • Designed and presented by an Emergency Medicine Specialist
  • ECM MP course certificate valid for three years
  • The course can be repeated at a reduced rate while the course certificate is still valid. The  repeated course will also be valid for 30 CPD points and will receive a new certificate
  • Videos that you can watch in your own time with the ability to stop videos and continue where you left off
  • Reminder emails and a ‘percentage completed’ real-time calculator to assist in the progression
  • If you have not completed the course in the allotted time, you may request an extension.
  • You must complete MCQs before advancing to the next topic to ensure you cover all topics. You will complete the course after finishing the MCQs after the last video.

“This course was really amazing and so beneficial. Anyone working in a casualty/district hospital (especially smaller EDs with little senior help) should do it!"

 Medical Officer

The course covers the following topics:

  • Introduction to Emergency Medicine and the ECM-MP course
1) CPR
  • Explanation of ILCOR and resus guidelines

  • CPR- Technique

  • CPR- Reversible causes

  • POST ROSC care

  • Paediatric CPR and Neonatal CPR

2) Procedural sedation and analgesia
  • Introduction and preparation
  • Medication
  • Monitoring, post care
  • Examples
3) Intubation
  • Introduction to intubation
  • Medication
  • Preparation
  • Technique
4) Ventilation
  • Introduction to ventilation and lung protection
  • Settings and values
  • Ventilator modes
  • Troubleshooting & Examples
5) Burns and electric shocks
  • Burns
  • Electrical injury
  • Lightning injury
6) Head injury + c-spine
  • Head injury
  • Concussion
  • C-spine injury
7) Polytrauma
  • Systematic approach
  • Examples and discussions
8) DKA / glucose issues
  • Introduction and hypoglycaemia
  • Hyperglycaemia, DKA, HHS
9) Common minor presentations
  • Fever
  • Acute gastroenteritis
  • Headache
  • Backache
10) Common major presentations
  • Stroke
  • Sepsis
  • Seizures
11) ECG, ACS arrhythmias
  • Understanding ECGs
  • ACS and ECG
  • Approach to chest pain
  • Important ECGS to know
12) X-rays
  • Chest x-ray
  • Abdominal x-ray
  • Pelvis x-ray
  • C-spine x-ray
13) Abdominal pain
  • Approach to abdominal pain
  • Differential diagnosis
14) Orthopaedics
  • Upper limb injuries and conditions
  • Lower limb injuries and conditions
15) Casting and Joint dislocations
  • Casting
  • Dislocations
16) Ophthalmological emergencies
  • Non trauma conditions
  • Trauma conditions
17) Dental emergencies and conditions
  • Anatomy and trauma conditions
  • Non-trauma conditions
18) Urological emergencies and conditions
  • Non-trauma emergencies
  • Trauma emergencies
19) Mental health emergencies and conditions
  • Violent / aggressive patient
  • Suicide
  • Chronic mental health conditions
  • Drug seekers
20) EC procedures
  • Blood gas
  • Chest drains
  • Epistaxis
  • Other minor procedures
21) Clinical Scores
  • Clinical scores
  • Chest pain scores
  • Other important scores
22) Statistics and EBM
  • Medical research and EBM
  • Statistics
23) Rashes / skin conditions
  • Approach to skin rashes
  • Other skin conditions
24) Environmental conditions
  • Hyperthermia
  • Hypothermia
  • Altitude / Pressure
  • Drowning
  • Radiation
25) Toxicology
  • Toxidromes
  • Specific toxins
26) Bites and stings
  • Human bites
  • Dog bites
  • Snake bites
  • Spider / Scorpions
27) Ultrasound
  • Approach to ultrasound
  • Examples
28) Wound care Introduction
  • Introduction
  • Repair agents
  • Examples
29) Ethical considerations in the Emergency Centre
  • Consent
  • DNR and living will
  • Blood alcohol levels
  • Natural and unnatural death POPI act
30) Managing a busy Emergency Centre
  • Emergency medicine approach
  • Early decision making
  • Summarising a patient

“Videos are clear and informative”

 Medical officer, Emergency Centre


How many hours will the course take?

The ECM MP course consists of 26 hours of videos with MCQs questions between topics. The course  tracks your progress so that you can stop a video at any point and continue from where you left off,  allowing candidates to complete the course around their schedule. The MCQ questions related to each  topic are completed immediately after the specific topic has been viewed. The course is  completed when the final video has been completed, and its 5 MCQs correctly answered. The shortest  time to complete the course was four days, and the longest was 41 days. The average time taken to  complete the course was 22 days. The majority of these candidates were employed full-time and did not need to take leave to complete the course.

How long will I have to complete the course?

Once you have enrolled, you will have six weeks of access to the online videos and training content to  allow you to complete the course. You will receive weekly reminders of your progress through the  course to help keep you on track. The site also provides a ‘percentage completed’ real-time calculator  to assist in your progression, as you work your way through the material. If you cannot complete the  course within the allotted six weeks, you may request a 4-week extension at no extra cost. However,  we will first assess any challenges that you may be experiencing that we may assist you with to  complete the course in the allotted time. If a further extension is required, we can arrange this at a reduced fee.

Will I still have access to the online videos after the course is completed?

The course aims to ensure that all candidates receive a full curriculum of Emergency Medicine training.  The limited access to the online content ensures that all candidates complete the course   once they have enrolled. When content is made available without a time limit, it has been shown that   the vast majority of candidates will not complete the course until a deadline is given. Candidates have  six weeks of access to the online videos and training content. Suppose the candidate completes the course before the expiration of the six-week access period. In that case, they will  continue to access  the online videos and training content for the remainder of the six weeks. After six  weeks, access to  the content will expire, and the candidate will no longer have access to the online  videos and training content.  On completion of the course, the candidate will receive a valid certificate for three years. If
candidates want to repeat the course within three years while their certificate is still valid, they will do  so at a reduced rate. Upon completing this repeated course, they will receive a new three-year  certificate and a further 30 CPD points (only one allotment of CPD points per calendar year). This will  be of particular benefit to any candidates who plan to register for a diploma within three years of  completing the course and would like to repeat the course to assist in their preparation.

Is there an assessment for the course?

The course is broken down into 30 topics, with five MCQs at the end of each topic. You will need to  attain a 100% on the five MCQs related to each topic immediately after completing that topic before  you can move to the next topic. You could re-do the MCQs if you could not answer all of them correctly.

Can I review the course offline prior to purchasing?

The course is unfortunately not available for preview in its current form. We can offer you a live  preview of the course over a short video call with us. We will not be sharing any content outside the  training platform; however, we would be happy to give you an inside look at ECM MP over a no-obligation video call. If you would like to request this, please contact us at: We also have a promotional video on our site that demonstrates how the course works.

Will I receive a certificate for the course?

Yes, on completion of the course, you will receive a certificate. This certificate will contain your   information and accreditation, and validity information. The ECM MP certificate is valid for three years from completion.

Will I receive CPD points?

Yes, you will receive 30 CPD points on completion of the ECM MP course.

Which organisation has accredited the course?

ECM MP is accredited for 30 CPD points via the South African Medical Association (SAMA)on behalf  of the HPCSA.

Can I stop and start the course as needed?

Yes, the course tracks your progress and fits into your busy schedule. You can start and stop as needed, and you will not lose your progress.

Will the course work on a cellphone?

Yes, you can use your cellphone to complete the course. We understand the need to have mobile  learning opportunities at your fingertips and have attempted to ensure that it can be completed anywhere and anytime you have access to a data connection.

Will this course assist with attaining my DipPEC?

The ECM MP course was developed to cover the many topics required for any medical doctor that works in an  Emergency Center or any acute care  setting. Many different sources were assessed to guide the topics that were  included. The topics that need to be  covered by a DipPEC candidate were also  assessed during this process. This course  would be very helpful for any candidate preparing for their DipPEC; however,  ECM MP is by no means exhaustive and would not cover all that is needed for a DipPEC. Further studying beyond the ECM MP course would be required.

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