Centenary of the UCT Faculty of Health Sciences

A rural perspective: four stories

Jennifer Nash, Alwyn Rapatsa, Steve Reid, Ben Gaunt


These brief reflections from 4 University of Cape Town (UCT) medical graduates who chose to make their careers in rural practice are written in narrative style to try to capture something of the lived experience of working in rural areas. Although still the career choice of a minority of UCT graduates, those who have chosen to practise in rural areas have found a solid base of competence and confidence in their clinical skills, that has enabled them to tackle challenges in areas beyond anything that they or their teachers might have anticipated.

Authors' affiliations

Jennifer Nash, Faculty of Health Sciences, University of Cape Town

Alwyn Rapatsa, University of Stellenbosch and Ukwanda Centre for Rural Health, Worcester

Steve Reid, Primary Health Care, Faculty of Health Sciences, University of Cape Town

Ben Gaunt, University of Cape Town and Zithulele Hospital

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Rural practice

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South African Medical Journal 2012;102(6):433-434.

Article History

Date submitted: 2012-01-20
Date published: 2012-03-02

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