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The private hospital: a potential surgical training ground

Lih-Ming Wong, Lisa P Wun, Julie Shaw and Dominic Vellar
Med J Aust 2009; 191 (7): 410.
Published online: 5 October 2009

To the Editor: Training of adequate numbers of surgeons and other medical specialists has, until recently, been a sleeper issue.1โ€‘3 Trainees are intimately involved in public hospital patient care, but it is generally assumed that private patients are off limits for training. To our knowledge, the perceptions of patients in a private hospital setting have not been formally explored before. We present the results of a survey of attitudes of private hospital patients towards trainee involvement in their care.

  • Lih-Ming Wong1
  • Lisa P Wun1
  • Julie Shaw2
  • Dominic Vellar1,3

  • 1 St Vincentโ€™s Hospital, Melbourne, VIC.
  • 2 Victoria University, Melbourne, VIC.
  • 3 University of Melbourne, Melbourne, VIC.

Correspondence: Lih-Ming.WONG@svhm.org.au

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