Dental specialist training in South Africa – demographic characteristics 1985-2004
This short communication complements a recently published dental undergraduate analysis, and analyses the demographic profile of dental specialists trained from 1985-2004, as well as that of the registrars in training (in 2005). A total of 309 dental specialists were trained from 1985-2004, of these 86% were males and 74% White. Of the registrars, two-thirds are males and a quarter Black. The dental faculties and the Health Professions Council of South Africa (HPCSA) face a significant challenge to find innovative ways to address these disparities, as well as the urban/rural and private/public sector maldistribution of dental specialists, and to develop a more rational basis for training dental specialists for the country. Dealing with these disparities should improve access to dental specialist care for the poor and rural populations.
South African Dental Journal
Dentistry not elsewhere classified