Perceptions, expectations, apprehensions and realities of graduating South African optometry students (PEAR study, 2006)

African Vision and Eye Health

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Title Perceptions, expectations, apprehensions and realities of graduating South African optometry students (PEAR study, 2006)
Creator Oduntan, A. O. Louw, A. Moodley, V. R. Richter, M. von Poser, P.
Subject — Perceptions of optometry students; Surveys of optometry students; PEAR study
Description The objective of this study was to establish the perceptions, expectations, apprehensions and realities of South Africa optometry students completing their undergraduate studies in 2006. Copies of a questionnaire containing relevant information were distributed to all graduating students at the four Universities offering Optometry. The responses were coded and analyzed. The respondents (N=143), representing 77% of the graduating students included 27.3% males and 72.7% females, aged 20 to 37 years (mean = 23.34 ± 2.75). About a third (32.9%) of the respondents considered opening their own practice as the best way of entering into practice. Also, this mode of practice was considered as providing the greatest fulfilment for their personal (60.8%) and professional (53.8%) goals as well as offering long  term financial security (43.7%). Many (56.6%) have secured employment before graduation. Upon graduation, 43.4% would like to join a franchise.  Many (79.7%) felt that Government was not offering sufficient opportunities for optometrists. The majority, (70.6%) felt that the South African optometry profession is fastly becoming saturated and this was of great concern to many (31.5%). About half, (50.3%) have plans to go overseas to practice and the most common destinations were the UK (36.1%) and Australia (15%).  The mean minimum monthly salary expected as new graduates was between R9 500 and R11 500 in the public and private sectors respectively. On a response scale, the future of optometry in South Africa was scored as 6.59 ± 1.92. Findings in this study may be useful to all stake holders in optometric education in South Africa, as they may reflect the future of the optometry profession in the country.
Publisher AOSIS
Date 2007-12-19
Type info:eu-repo/semantics/article info:eu-repo/semantics/publishedVersion — —
Format application/pdf
Identifier 10.4102/aveh.v66i3.241
Source African Vision and Eye Health; South African Optometrist: Vol 66, No 3 (2007); 94-108 2410-1516 2413-3183
Language eng
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Rights Copyright (c) 2007 A. O. Oduntan, A. Louw, V. R. Moodley, M. Richter, P. von Poser