The research component of specialist registration – a question of alligators and swamps? A personal view

Colleen Michelle Aldous, Miriam Adhikari, Christopher Charles Rout


The recent implementation of the research requirement for specialist registration presents difficulties with regard to the provision of research supervision, particularly in those medical schools that previously followed the path of qualification via the Colleges of Medicine of South Africa examinations. The differences between the requirements for research supervision as stated in the Health Professions Council of South Africa memorandum and those of the Committee for Higher Education are causing disparities between medical schools similar to those that led to the memorandum in the first place. While the research component of specialist training can only improve the quality of both patient care and academic endeavour, it requires an enormous investment of time on the part of both the specialist trainees and their supervisors. In order to deal with this, specific issues outlined in the article need to be addressed.

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Colleen Michelle Aldous, School of Clinical Medicine, University of KwaZulu-Natal, Durban, South Africa

Miriam Adhikari, Postgraduate Office, School of Clinical Medicine, University of KwaZulu-Natal, Durban, South Africa

Christopher Charles Rout, Private practice, Durban, South Africa

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South African Medical Journal 2015;105(1):21-22. DOI:10.7196/SAMJ.8732

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Date submitted: 2014-07-29
Date published: 2014-08-05

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