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Cardiologists and cardiothoracic surgeons are heart specialists, who are medical doctors trained to treat abnormalities and diseases of the heart and cardiovascular system. This is a very specialised field and their skills are in exceptionally high demand.
To become a specialist cardiologist in South Africa, you will need the following qualifications:
Entry requirements may differ per institution, but you will generally be expected to show competency in the following subjects:
Specialist cardiologists in South Africa typically study for about 10 years. At least 4 of these years are spent in pursuing a Bachelor’s degree and the additional 4 to 5 years are spent on post-graduate studies including residency.
Cardiothoracic surgeons are in high demand and have many opportunities for employment including:
To find more information about specialist cardiologists, contact the Health Professionals Council of South Africa (HPCSA).