South African–Cuban Medical Collaboration: students’ perceptions of training and perceived competence in clinical skills at a South African institution

Published in: South African Family Practice
Volume 58, issue 2, 2016 , pages: 74–79
DOI: 10.1080/20786190.2015.1120936
Author(s): M MotalaSchool of Clinical Medicine, University of KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa, J Van WykSchool of Clinical Medicine, University of KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa


Background: The South African–Cuban Medical Collaboration programme aims to alleviate the critical shortage of practitioners in local South African rural settings. The students who return from Cuban-based facilities in their fourth year experience difficulty, especially in clinical settings, upon joining the MB ChB final-year student programme at the University of KwaZulu-Natal. Attempts to support their skills acquisition for local practice have led to an investigation of their prior clinical skills exposures, the curricular context and exposures in Cuba in which skills had been acquired, and students’ perceptions of their competence in clinical skills.

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