|Pierre J T de Villiers & Marietjie R de Villiers|
|Medical Education, 1999|
"South Africa is undergoing tremendous political and social change affecting every sphere of society, including medical education and the delivery of health services. The legacy of its history created a health system that in some respects can be compared to the best in the world, but one also characterized by inequity, discrimination and lack of access to even basic services for the rural and the poor. Its medical education system trails behind modern trends such as problem-based learning, community-based education and the utilizing of general/family practitioners as trainers. Vocational training in family practice is not compulsory for independent practice. The discipline of family practice has nevertheless developed the programmes and core infrastructure for such a future undertaking in the form of masters programmes in family medicine at all medical schools. The recently introduced system of compulsory recertication through continuous professional development provides a window of opportunity to develop locally relevant curricula and appropriate education and training methods for family practitioners."