SA needs more med students

2014-09-29 00:00

UNIVERSITIES will have to admit more medical students per year to address the desperate shortage of doctors in the country.

This is according to the Health Professions Council of South Africa (HPCSA), following the release of recent statistics showing there are currently only 40 749 medical practitioners in the country, and 10 772 students studying medicine. The latter includes first year to final year students. Only seven universities in South Africa offers the MCBhB-degree.

According to the University of KwaZulu-Natal (UKZN) they receive more than 8 300 applications for the MBChB degree every year, of whom they can only accept 250.

Spokesperson Lesiba Seshoka said they also have a strict quota system. “We select 69% black students, 19% Indians, nine percent coloured and two percent white students. The candidates must have a minimum of 65% to be accepted into the course.”

The university has an annual pass rate of between 96% and 97%. “The students receive a lot of academic support,” he said.

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