oa South African Medical Journal - Some South African universities provide good specialist otorhinolaryngology training : correspondence

Volume 102, Issue 10
  • ISSN : 0256-9574
  • E-ISSN: 2078-5135



I respond as head of one of the units 'studied' in Peer and Fagan's 'descriptive audit'.

I support strongly the maintenance of the highest standards of training, patient care and self- and peer-reviewed critical evaluation. The valuation of my unit does not threaten me. Although no heads anywhere in the world should think that their unit is perfect, as there are always challenges and room for improvement, I am confident that my trainees at Tygerberg Hospital/Stellenbosch University receive a good and balanced training, comparable to most first-world countries. Ironically, the above-mentioned paper found exactly this of some units - but, as written, discredits all ENT training units in this country; perhaps the authors think that readers will assume that their authorship implies that theirs is exempt?

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