Training for Africa as pandemic sparks rapid change for varsities

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Training for Africa as pandemic sparks rapid change for varsities

Virtual meetings with colleagues from across the continent are the new normal for staff at SA varsities

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It is 8am on a chilly Wednesday and two ear, nose and throat registrars from the University of Cape Town (UCT) are greeting fellow doctors arriving for a weekly academic meeting.

Dr Taseer Din welcomes everyone, while Dr Gerrit Viljoen at the Mother City’s Groote Schuur Hospital sets up his presentation on tissue flaps and how to use this reconstructive method for head and neck reconstruction after cancer surgery.

So far, so normal. But this is the new normal, so instead of presenting to about 15 people at the hospital, Viljoen is addressing 78 doctors who have joined the meeting online from SA, Nigeria, Kenya and Ghana...

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