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Eye specialist hopes to spot gaps in specialist healthcare training

dr Sandika Baboolal

Dr Sandika Baboolal is a consultant ophthalmic surgeon with a passion and interest in medical and surgical education. Her work in this area received an Academic Fellowship Award from the Discovery Foundation to support her research.  Baboolal has a sub-speciality surgical interest in glaucoma, a group of eye conditions that damage the optic nerve. During her PhD, she hopes to transform the time-based apprenticeship model of specialist training to a competency-based model in alignment with global best practices.  But her interest in strengthening SA specialist programmes stretches beyond medical knowledge into the field of non-technical and holistic skills. “I want to make a global contribution to medicine in mentorship, medical and surgical education, eye care services, research and curriculum development,” she says. A new way of training specialists by Sandika Baboolal With her PhD research, Baboolal wants to identify gaps in the …

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