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Are doctors turning down rural community service posts being 'picky'?

After turning down placements at rural hospitals, hundreds of newly qualified doctors remain unemployed while the country’s rural state hospitals remain desperately understaffed because...

Foreign-trained SA doctors head to court over lack of internships

Some 105 foreign-trained medical doctors battling for internship placements are heading to court, claiming they are being side-lined, reports The Times. The Health Department,...

DA demands action on University of Limpopo MBChB

In the light of the Public Protector’s report on on the  ‘improper’ alteration of the University of Limpopo's MBChB curriculum, its council must consider...

UK’s disadvantaged students match those from top schools in medical training

Disadvantaged students from the UK’s worst performing schools do just as well or better in medical degrees as students from top schools, even when...

Motsoaledi is 'crippling' SA's ability to train enough doctors

'Is anyone surprised that the programme that trains South Africans as doctors in Cuba has been a catastrophic failure?' asks Jasson Urbach of the...

SA-Cuba medical training programme: Flawed but successful

After more than 20 years, the contentious SA-Cuba medical training programme is being downscaled. Business Day's Tamar Kahn assesses the situation as the largest...

'Gender paradox' of more women taking STEM degrees in unequal countries

Countries with greater gender equality see a smaller proportion of women taking degrees in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM), a new study has...

Online TB-HIV post-grad diploma from UCT

The Desmond Tutu HIV Centre at  the University of Cape Town has developed an exciting and pioneering model for training doctors and nurses in...

Opportunism and crude populism lie behind claims of racism at Wits — Habib

Opportunism and a 'crude populism ... informed by racial chauvinism' underlies claims that the University of Witwatersrand medical faculty is racist, says Vice-Chancellor Adam...

2018 internships: Motsoaledi promises all will be placed. Or else

SA’s Health Department says all qualified final-year medical students, including those in ancillary services, will be get internships. However, the SA Medical Association remains...

Wits denies owing Gauteng Health billions for training

The University of the Witwatersrand has denied owing any funds to the Gauteng Department of Health. Business Day reports that the university was responding...

New SA medical schools, but employment prospects remain uncertain

SA is launching new medical schools but ironically may have no hope of employing all of their graduates, writes Dr Farah Jawitz of the...

Second stage of Africa Oncology Fellowship Programme

The Merck Foundation has started the second stage of their Africa Oncology Fellowship Programme that started in 2016 with the aim to increase the...

Call for '6 months to a year' rural training for SA med students

SA medical students should spend 'at least  six months to a year' in rural training programmes,  which will help address the critical shortage of...

UKZN Medical School shutdown over clinic training continues

The shutdown of the University of KwaZulu-Natal Medical School has entered its second week, the student leadership says it will continue to protest until its...

Med school admissions scandal – first disciplinary steps

Internal disciplinary proceedings have started against a group of Durban students believed to have bribed their way into studying medicine at the Sefakgo Makgatho...

SA med students failing to recognise childhood cancer's early warning signs

Final-year SA medical students remember only six of at least 20 early warning signs of childhood cancer, found a University of the Witwatersrand study....

Serious lack of info on the impacts of Cuba-trained doctors

Reports of misbehaviour by South Africans studying medicine in Cuba have focused attention on the programme to alleviate rural doctor shortages. Chris Barron of...

US doctors-in-training to go back to longer hours

The Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education has rolled back controversial rules limiting the number of hours US first-year residents may work. Reuters Health reports that...

Secret KPMG report finds irregularities at UKZN med school

The University of KwaZulu-Natal’s Nelson R Mandela School of Medicine failed to implement its quota policy, blocking deserving youngsters from becoming doctors, found a...

Slightly better US mortality outcomes for foreign-trained doctors

US patients may have lower mortality rates if their doctors were trained at foreign medical schools rather than at US universities, a Harvard study...

SA medical students look to China

About 100 South Africans have applied to study medicine at Chinese universities through Student Alliance, an organisation started by SA doctors who qualified in...

Community service for new pharmacists should be dropped – PSSA

There is a lack of state posts for pharmacists to complete their year of community service‚ forcing them into unemployment, says the Pharmaceutical Society of...