Southern African Journal of Anaesthesia & Analgesia- May 2005 61 South African Neurosurgical Patient Management Survey


By far the greater majority of the respondents, 94.7%, were male. This closely reflects the present demographics of South African neurosurgeons where female surgeons have made little inroads into the male dominated field of Neurosurgery. The large majority of respondents 89.5 % graduated after 1970, with 50 % graduating after 1989. A more detailed break-down of the results is shown in Table 1. In terms of postgraduate training, all South African postgraduate Neurosurgical academic centres including the Universities of Cape Town, Natal, the Orange Free State, MEDUNSA, Pretoria, Stellenbosch and Wits were represented. Three respondents received their postgraduate training overseas. Table 2 displays the distribu-tion of respondents from the various postgraduate centres. Of interest in terms of the current debate concerning the need for a national unitary exit exam was the distribution between Masters and Fellowship qualifications as the route to special

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