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Medical interns’ training in family medicine at a district hospital and primary health care clinics in Middelburg, Mpumalanga

Lushiku Nkombua, Amir Rahimi
South African Family Practice | Vol 66, No 1 : Part 2| a5844 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/safp.v66i1.5844 | © 2024 Lushiku Nkombua, Amir Rahimi | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 11 October 2023 | Published: 04 May 2024

About the author(s)

Lushiku Nkombua, Department of Family Medicine, Faculty of Health Sciences, University of Pretoria, Pretoria, South Africa; and, Department of Health, Middelburg Hospital, Middelburg, South Africa
Amir Rahimi, Department of Family Medicine, Faculty of Health Sciences, University of Pretoria, Pretoria, South Africa; and, Department of Health, Middelburg Hospital, Middelburg, South Africa

Abstract

Training of medical interns at the Middelburg district hospital has been introduced as part of the mandatory 6 months’ rotation in Family Medicine department since 2021. This report provides an overview of what has been attained in 2021 and 2022. It covers various aspects of the activities medical interns have been exposed to in the Middelburg hospital and the surrounding primary health care clinics.

Contribution: Sharing experiences of family medicine training for medical interns in district hospitals is essential because the 6 months’ rotation is new for most family physician trainers, especially those in small hospitals and primary health care clinics. Taking into account the paucity of evidence on the topic, the report brings current information that supports that training medical interns in district hospitals and primary health care clinics prepares them to be comfortable and competent clinicians for the generalist work during the community service year ahead.


Keywords

medical interns; training; HPCSA; district hospital; family medicine; primary health care

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