n South African Medical Journal - The UCT class of 2000 reunion : correspondence

Volume 106, Issue 2
  • ISSN : 0256-9574
  • E-ISSN: 2078-5135



It was with mixed emotions that we prepared for our 15-year reunion at the University of Cape Town in November 2015. Certainly the nationwide student protests and shutdowns made administration and organisation quite challenging, but they also gave us a chance to reflect on our own medical education and training. As graduates of UCT in 2000, we started our professional careers as young interns in the middle of the HIV epidemic. As medical students we joked about including HIV or TB on every differential list, but as young doctors it was no longer a joke but a grim reality. With no antiretrovirals to offer our patients, a limited supply of fluconazole and Bactrim and HIV ELISA results that took 6 weeks to return from a tertiary centre, we found ourselves signing piles of death certificates every week and standing helplessly in front of our patients despite having been trained as curative clinicians.

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