Doctors Need Training to Manage Rape Survivors

An article from the South African Medical Journal, reporting on the training given to doctors completing their hospital internships in KZN, finds that the doctors want training to manage rape survivors.
“The 2-year internship period for medical graduates began in South Africa in 2005 and has never been formally evaluated. This study assessed the perceptions of community service medical officers (COSMOs) working at district hospitals (DHs) in KwaZulu-Natal (KZN) to determine whether the 2-year internship programme had adequately prepared them for community service (CS).

….Family medicine scored second in knowledge and third in skills, with respondents confident in their ability to manage tuberculosis (TB) and HIV. This is encouraging as TB is the leading cause of death in SA and the most prevalent opportunistic infection in HIV-infected patients.
Weaknesses were identified as the ability to manage undifferentiated conditions [and] medico-legal issues including dealing with rape survivors…”

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