n South African Journal of Surgery - Who'd want to be a surgeon? : Penman lecture

Volume 42, Issue 2
  • ISSN : 0038-2361
  • E-ISSN: 2078-5151



Extracted from text ... SAJS VOL 42, NO. 2, MAY 2004 37 Penman Lecture Given the similar demands and expectations of surgeons throughout the world, it is surprising that the preparatory training should vary as much as it does among countries. But a problem common to several countries in the northern hemisphere is currently one of recruitment. In many European countries medical training is being profoundly influenced by legal statute, which dictates the length of the working day and indeed the working week.1 This is having a significant impact on the exposure of the surgical trainee to clinical situations and presumably, therefore, affects training and in turn its popularity. Throughout North America, where there is ..

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