n SA Journal of Radiology - Is selection for a registrar post in South Africa defined by a preconceived social profile or are candidates selected on academic credentials and work experience? : original article
|Article Title||Is selection for a registrar post in South Africa defined by a preconceived social profile or are candidates selected on academic credentials and work experience? : original article|
|Journal||SA Journal of Radiology|
|Author||V. Du Plessis and S. Andronikou|
|Publication Date||Jun 2007|
|Pages||18 - 23|
A current trend towards specialisation exists amongst medical graduates worldwide. Available registrar positions are therefore limited and there is often strong competition for posts. South Africa has a unique political history, and as a result there are government directives promoting equal opportunities in order to correct the inequalities of the past. In other countries, race is considered to be an unimportant factor in residency selection, and registrars are chosen predominantly on merit. In this context, an anonymous survey was conducted amongst registrars in Radiology to determine whether selection for a registrar post in South Africa is defined by a preconceived social profile or whether candidates are selected on academic credentials and work experience. Our results showed that academic credentials and work experience are key criteria for the selection of registrars in South Africa. Gender equality is achieved in medical specialist training departments, but a marked racial misrepresentation exists despite current employment policies. The explanation for this finding warrants further study.
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