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medicaldoctorTimesLIVE reports that shortening doctors’ internships from two years to one year is being mooted to alleviate the strain in the training of doctors.  

Two-year internships help medical students translate their theoretical knowledge into practice under the supervision of experienced doctors after their studies.  SA Medical Association (Sama) chairperson Dr Angelique Coetzee said there was currently a bottleneck, with too few internships to accommodate medical students graduating in SA and abroad, especially in Cuba.  Coetzee said co-operation between the private and public health-care sectors could help.  Trade union Solidarity welcomed the idea.  Solidarity Research Institute’s Morné Malan commented:  "These internships increasingly acquire the characteristics of obstacles for the profession rather than to create opportunities for the expansion of knowledge and the necessary preparation for the student’s career.  We see too often that these programmes are known for the poor management, limited leadership, inhuman working environments and enormous workloads."  According to Solidarity, the solution would be to accredit private institutions to offer internships.

  • Read Nico Gous’ report on this story in full at TimesLIVE

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