oa Central African Journal of Medicine - Broadening the horizon : a glimpse of general practice in Rhodesia

Volume 18, Issue 1
  • ISSN : 0008-9176



The scope of general practice varies from one country to another, and even within the same country the types of general practice may vary. The various patterns of general practice in Rhodesia are considered and the qualities and skills required to undertake the differing types of practice are descriptionbed. Methods whereby undergraduates can be given some insight into the opportunities of general practice are discussed and a programme to demonstrate the professional requirements of the types of general practice met with in Rhodesia is presented. It is important for a school of medicine constantly to keep under review the structure of general practice in the country it serves, not only in relation to the teaching of the necessary, skills, but also in relation to the present and future medical manpower requirements. Efforts to make such a survey of medical needs of this nature in Rhodesia are presented. The place of a young faculty of medicine in providing facilities for training in general practice is reviewed and the point is made that this may be the most important postgraduate service which can be provided in the early years of the faculty in a developing country. Opportunity is also taken to discuss ways and means of arranging facilities to encourage practitioners to remain in general practice.

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