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.
To become a Specialist Anaesthetist in South Africa, you will need to have the following qualifications:
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.
Specialist anaesthetists have many opportunities for employment in South Africa including places like:
University of Pretoria:
University of Cape Town:
University of Stellenbosch:
University of KwaZulu-Natal:
University of the Free State:
University of Limpopo: