Short Report - Special Collection: COVID-19

Family medicine internship support during the COVID-19 pandemic in Cape Town, South Africa – A narrative report

Gaironesa Solomon, Ayesha Allie, Raeesah Fakier, Daniel Tadmor, Kamaludin Ashtiker, Colyn Le Roux, Junaid Omar, Mosedi Namane
African Journal of Primary Health Care & Family Medicine | Vol 12, No 1 | a2661 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/phcfm.v12i1.2661 | © 2020 Gaironesa Solomon, Ayesha Allie, Raeesah Fakier, Daniel Tadmor, Kamaludin Ashtiker, Colyn Le Roux, Junaid Omar, Mosedi Namane | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 11 July 2020 | Published: 06 November 2020

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Gaironesa Solomon, Vanguard Community Health Centre, Metro Health Services, Western Cape Department of Health, Cape Town, South Africa
Ayesha Allie, Vanguard Community Health Centre, Metro Health Services, Western Cape Department of Health, Cape Town, South Africa
Raeesah Fakier, Vanguard Community Health Centre, Metro Health Services, Western Cape Department of Health, Cape Town, South Africa
Daniel Tadmor, Vanguard Community Health Centre, Metro Health Services, Western Cape Department of Health, Cape Town, South Africa
Kamaludin Ashtiker, Vanguard Community Health Centre, Metro Health Services, Western Cape Department of Health, Cape Town, South Africa
Colyn Le Roux, Vanguard Community Health Centre, Metro Health Services, Western Cape Department of Health, Cape Town, South Africa
Junaid Omar, Vanguard Community Health Centre, Metro Health Services, Western Cape Department of Health, Cape Town, South Africa
Mosedi Namane, Vanguard Community Health Centre, Metro Health Services, Western Cape Department of Health, Cape Town, South Africa; and, Division of Family Medicine, Faculty of Health Sciences, University of Cape Town, Cape Town, South Africa


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Abstract

The health-service redesign that came with the preparation for the surge of COVID-19 had a potential of disrupting the Family Medicine internship programme like it did to many other health and academic programmes. A team of Cape-Town based Community Health Centre (CHC) doctors mitigated this challenge by designing an innovative tool that facilitated ongoing supervision of the interns in order to achieve the outcomes of the Health Professions Council of South Africa (HPCSA).

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medical-interns; supervision; COVID-19; pandemic; Cape Town

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