Jehu E. Iputo and Alex B. Nganwa-Bagumah
South African Medical Journal, 1996
"The Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences of the University of Transkei was established in 1984 in order to address the shortage of doctors in Transkei, a rural andunderdeveloped region of the Eastern Cape, South Africa. From the onset, the medical faCUlty was philosophically geared to offer a training programme that would impart both the technical and social skills relevant to practice in rural and disadvantaged communities. Some of the student orientated goals for such a programme that were identified were: i) to learn problem-solving and hypothetico-deductive reasoning; ii) to acquire the habit of self-directed learning; (iii) to develop communication skills through small-group interaction; (iv) to acquire knOWledge and understanding; (v) to provide an integrated understanding of human patients; (vi) to foster individual reflection and self assessment; and (vii) to learn to tolerate ambiguity, adjust better to change and to be flexible."