n Medical Technology SA - Guidelines towards more comparable internships : peer reviewed original article




Comparable health care across facilities in South Africa is a public expectation. Past research has shown that medical internships are not always comparable in terms of experience and quality. The aim of this study was to develop guidelines which would assist facilities to manage the quality of internships to comparable standards of practice. A qualitative research approach was used to undertake a case study on newly qualified doctors who registered for internship in 2007. A questionnaire was distributed with logbooks which are given to interns at registration. Questionnaires were returned with the logbook at the completion of the training. The results showed that the standard of internship was uneven and that some interns trained in facilities which met minimum requirements whilst other trained at facilities which did not meet minimum standards for effective internship across geographical distribution of accredited medical training facilities. Guidelines for quality management of WIL covering, policies, planning, resources, procedures for WIL were developed.


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