n South African Journal of Surgery - Perspectives of South African general surgeons regarding their postgraduate training : editorial

Volume 52, Issue 3
  • ISSN : 0038-2361
  • E-ISSN: 2078-5151



The article by De Beer in this issue of is timeous within the context of changing paradigms in the training of surgeons globally. In South Africa (SA), the training of surgeons is the responsibility of the university departments of surgery. This function takes place on a training platform that is incorporated in the service platform, most commonly in the public sector. De Beer examine a combination of activities on both platforms by analysing the views of SA surgeons on aspects of training, research and the practice of surgery in this country. The number of responders is small but statistically adequate. The study concentrates on perceptions that are of concern, but provides some insights into the way in which preparation for surgical practice is viewed.

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