UCT in Eden

September 2016 | Fall 2016

The Faculty is expanding its clinical teaching platform for medical and health science students to include the secondary and district hospitals in rural areas. This is in response to central and provincial government requests to universities to increase their output of medical doctors significantly.

The project aims to produce competent graduates who are well equipped to deal with the health challenges of the South African population. The Eden District is ideally placed to both benefit from and contribute to this initiative in the Health Sciences. Additionally, the project could ultimately lead to a broader engagement of the university in the district, through mutually productive teaching, research and service.

In 2016 a group of 15 medical students spent their final year in the Eden District as “student interns” who join the clinical teams and contribute to service delivery while learning hands-on. The number of students will grow to about 40 students by 2018 and will include Oudtshoorn, Mossel Bay, Knysna and Beaufort West Hospitals. Health and Rehabilitation students (occupational therapy, physiotherapy, speech therapy and audiology students).

Follow the link to an article by The George Herald.

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