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Medical Field

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Prepared to Study for Years

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Specialist Cardiologist

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. 

Required Qualifications

To become a specialist cardiologist in South Africa, you will need the following qualifications:

  1. Certificate (National Senior Certificate or National Certificate (V) with Bachelor’s Degree Pass)
  2. Bachelor’s Degree (Bachelor of Medicine)
  3. Post-graduate Degree (Master of Medicine in Cardiothoracic Surgery) 

Duration of Study

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.

Employment Opportunities

Cardiothoracic surgeons are in high demand and have many opportunities for employment including:

  • State hospitals
  • Clinics
  • Private practice

Further Information

Health Professionals Council of South Africa (HPCSA)

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