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BMJ 1997; 314 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.314.7091.3a (Published 10 May 1997) Cite this as: BMJ 1997;314:S3a-7091

Visiting surgeons in rural Africa not only need to be excellent surgical instructors, but must also function as electricians, according to a recent article in the East African Medical Journal (1996;73:830-1). The article suggests that surgeons superintending remote hospitals can be trained safely by collecting and saving cases for operation when a visiting senior surgeon can be present. In the author's view, this method can be superior to traditional training that groups trainees in a single institution. The role of the visiting surgeon then becomes one of helping local doctors learn how to solve problems encountered as a result of poor working conditions, and not creating a western style hospital in the bush.

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