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Additional information

body or mind

Body

Field

Medical Field

Boss or Team

Own Boss

Communication

Good Communicator

Work With

People

Math & Science

Maths & Science

Study Length

Prepared to Study for Years

Environment

Busy Environment

General Medical Practitioner

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.

Required Qualifications

To become a general medical practitioner in South Africa, you will typically need the following qualifications:

Level of Schooling & School Subjects

National Senior Certificate (Matric), or equivalent with a Bachelor’s Degree pass.

Compulsory Subjects

Recommended subjects:

Duration of Study

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.

Employment Opportunities

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:

  • Public and Private Hospitals
  • Universities
  • Research laboratories
  • Clinics and nursing homes
  • Government departments and municipalities
  • Large industries and organisations
  • Large resort hotels, ships and other places where large groups of people gather
  • Private Medical Practice

Further Information

Health Professionals Council of South Africa (HPCSA)

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