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Updated programmatic learning outcomes for the training of family physicians in South Africa

Robert Mash, Hannes Steinberg, Mergan Naidoo
South African Family Practice | Vol 63, No 1 : Part 3| a5342 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/safp.v63i1.5342 | © 2021 Robert J. Mash, Hannes Steinberg, Mergan Naidoo | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 18 June 2021 | Published: 06 September 2021

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Robert Mash, Division of Family Medicine and Primary Care, Stellenbosch University, Cape Town, South Africa; and, South African Academy of Family Physicians, Cape Town, South Africa
Hannes Steinberg, South African Academy of Family Physicians, Cape Town, South Africa; and, Department of Family Medicine, University of the Free State, Bloemfontein, South Africa
Mergan Naidoo, Department of Family Medicine, University of KwaZulu-Natal, Durban, South Africa; and, South African College of Family Physicians, South Africa


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Abstract

The training of medical specialists should constantly be re-aligned to the needs of the population and the health system. The national Education and Training Committee of the South African Academy of Family Physicians reached consensus on the updated programmatic learning outcomes for the training of specialist family physicians in South Africa. Learning outcomes were first developed to guide training programmes when the speciality was recognised in 2007. Fifteen years later, it was time to revisit and revise these learning outcomes. Learning outcomes define what family physicians are able to do at the end of 4 years of postgraduate training. This revision presents five unit standards and 83 programmatic exit-level learning outcomes.

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family physicians; health professions education; learning outcomes; education; curriculum; competency-based education

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