Perspectives of South African general surgeons regarding their postgraduate training

Show simple item record De Beer, Marthyn Mathiam Karusseit, V.O.L. (Otto) Pienaar, B.H. (Bastiaan) 2014-10-10T11:04:16Z 2014-10-10T11:04:16Z 2014-08
dc.description.abstract BACKGROUND. There is a perception among general surgeons that there are deficiencies in surgical training in South Africa (SA). Dependence on under-resourced state training institutions possibly plays a role. The opinions of qualified surgeons may make an invaluable contribution in this regard. OBJECTIVES. To canvass the perceptions of SA general surgeons regarding certain aspects of their training. METHODS. An electronic postal survey was conducted. All general surgeons on the Association of Surgeons of South Africa database were requested to complete a structured questionnaire. Four Likert scale items were interrogated: knowledge acquisition, surgical skill, research, and practice management. RESULTS. Eighty-eight surgeons responded. Knowledge acquisition and surgical skills development were regarded positively, except for a perceived deficiency in availability of newer technologies. Exposure to surgical research was viewed as beneficial and useful. However, the mandatory research project during training was not perceived as useful for current careers. Training in practice management was perceived as severely deficient. CONCLUSION. This survey highlights positive perceptions of general surgeons regarding the acquisition of knowledge and surgical skills during training in SA, but some negative views emerged regarding research, exposure to newer technology, and especially practice management training. en_US
dc.description.librarian am2014 en_US
dc.description.uri en_US
dc.identifier.citation De Beer, MM, Karuseit, VOL & Pienaar, BH 2014, 'Perspectives of South African general surgeons regarding their postgraduate training', South African Journal of Surgery, vol. 52, no. 3, pp. 67-71. en_US
dc.identifier.issn 0038-2361 (print)
dc.identifier.issn 2078-5151 (online)
dc.identifier.other 10.7196/SAJS.1993
dc.language.iso en en_US
dc.publisher Health and Medical Publishing Group en_US
dc.rights Health and Medical Publishing Group en_US
dc.subject Surgeon en_US
dc.subject Surgical training en_US
dc.subject State training institutions en_US
dc.subject South Africa (SA) en_US
dc.title Perspectives of South African general surgeons regarding their postgraduate training en_US
dc.type Article en_US

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