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Additional information

body or mind

Body

Field

Medical Field

Boss or Team

Own Boss & Team

Communication

Good Communicator

Work With

People

Math & Science

Maths & Science

Study Length

Prepared to Study for Years

Environment

Either Alone or In a Busy Environment

Specialist Ophthalmologist

Ophthalmologists are specialist eye surgeons who diagnose and treat diseases relating to the eyes.  

How to become qualified in this field (learning path):

  1. NSC or NC(v) with Bachelor’s Degree Pass
  2. Degree: Bachelor of Medicine:
    1. Theoretical training: 6 years.
    2. Student internship: 1 year.
    3. Community Service: 1 year
  3. * Post-graduate study: 4 years specialisation: MMed (Ophthalmology)

Educational Institutions offering this qualification

University of Pretoria: https://www.up.ac.za/yearbooks/2017/pdf/programme/10250112

Wits University: https://www.wits.ac.za/clinicalmed/departments/division-of-ophthalmology/

University of Stellenbosch: http://www.sun.ac.za/english/faculty/healthsciences/opthalmology/Pages/Ophthalmology.aspx

University of KwaZulu-Natal: https://scm.ukzn.ac.za/postgraduate-information/

Sefako Makgatho Health Services University: https://www.smu.ac.za/schools/medicine/academicprogrammes/

University of the Free State: https://www.ufs.ac.za/health/departments-and-divisions/ophthalmology-home

University of Limpopo: https://www.ul.ac.za/index.php?Entity=Opthalmology

Duration of study

4 Years Post Grad studies after completing the MBChB degree to obtain an MMed (Ophthalmology) degree.

Employment:

In order to work in this field, you will have to register with the Health Professions Council of South Africa (HPCSA).

Ophthalmologists have many opportunities for employment including:

  • State hospitals
  • Clinics
  • Private practice

Further Information:

Health Professionals Council of South Africa (HSPCA)

https://www.hpcsa.co.za/

Dermatology Society of South Africa

https://www.derma.co.za/

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