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General Practitioners look after the health and well-being of their patients and communities. They treat and diagnose injuries. General practitioners have very close relationships with their patients.
Day to day duties may include examining and diagnosing patients, prescribing medicines and sometimes performing minor operations. Thorough knowledge of diseases and their symptoms is required for this diagnosis and treatment.
General practitioners may also refer patients to a specialist.
To become a general medical practitioner in South Africa, you will typically need the following qualifications:
National Senior Certificate (Matric), or equivalent with a Bachelor’s Degree pass.
General medical practitioners in South Africa typically study for 7-8 Years including 6 years spent on theoretical training, one year spent on internship, and another year spent on community service.
After completing your studies you will need to register with the Health Professions Council of South Africa (HPCSA) before you can practise medicine.
General medical practitioners in South Africa often work in the following places: