Specialist Anaesthetist

Anaesthesiologists are responsible for safely administering anaesthetics to patients in healthcare facilities, usually hospital and clinic facilities. 

As an anaesthetics specialist, you will need to have technical, medical and surgical skills as well as crisis management skills and the ability to make decisions fast in high pressure, sometimes critical situations. You will also have to have an in-depth knowledge of how the human body functions, the effects of anaesthetics on the body and how it interacts with other drugs.

Anaesthetists usually work as part of a team of other health professionals. They might also help patients to manage chronic pain. 

Required Qualifications

To become a Specialist Anaesthetist in South Africa, you will need to have the following qualifications:

Duration of Study

Specialist anaesthetists in South Africa typically study for about 10 years.

The first 6 years are spent on theoretical training to obtain a Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery (MB ChB) and the other four years in post-grad studies to obtain a Master of Medicine in Anaesthesia.

In addition to the 6 years of undergraduate study and four years of post-graduate study, specialist anaesthetists also usually spend 1 year in student internship and 1 year in community service.

Employment Opportunities

Specialist anaesthetists have many opportunities for employment in South Africa including places like:

  • State hospitals
  • Clinics
  • Private practice

Further Information:

Health Professionals Council of South Africa (HSPCA)

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