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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.13 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 Vincent’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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