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Responding to the urgent national call to increase the number of doctors in South Africa, particularly in rural areas, the Faculty of Health Sciences has joined forces with the Western Cape Department of Health – this time to launch the ‘UCT in Eden‘ initiative.

This partnership will see hospitals and community health centres in the greater Southern Cape, including the George and Oudtshoorn hospitals in the Eden District, acting as teaching platforms for UCT final-year health sciences students.

The benefit is twofold, since students are exposed to a wide range of health challenges in a more rural setting, while these medical institutions benefit from the added expertise that accompanies the transition of a non-academic hospital to an academic hospital.

With the movement and accommodation of senior students away from the Health Sciences Faculty base in Observatory, Cape Town, space is then available for the faculty to admit a larger cohort of students in the first year and ultimately increase the number of health care practitioners that the university produces.

Future plans for the initiative include the introduction of a similar model for UCT’s Health and Rehabilitation students (occupational therapy, physiotherapy, speech therapy and audiology) in the Eden district, to broaden the scope of exposure to students from other health science programmes.

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