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Specialist Obstetrician/ Gynaecologist

Obstetricians / Gynaecologists (also known as Ob-Gynes) are specialists in female reproductive health. 

As an obstetrician / gynaecologist, you’ll need to be exceptionally knowledgeable and skilled in this field and be able to provide diagnosis and treatment of a range of diseases and problems relating to women’s health as well as providing preventative care and measures. 

Providing care to women (and the foetus) during pregnancy and childbirth forms a large part of this profession. 

How to be a Specialist Obstetrician/ Gynaecologist in South Africa

Get the Required Qualifications

To become a specialist Obstetrician/ Gynaecologist or OB-Gyne in South Africa, you will need the following qualifications:

Demonstrate Competence in the Required Subjects

Entry requirements may differ per institution, but you will generally be expected to show competency in the following subjects:

Accumulate Years of Relevant Study and Experience

Specialist Obstetricians / Gynaecologists or OB-Gynes in South Africa typically study for about 10-11 years.

The first 6 years are spent on theoretical training to obtain a Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery (MBChB) and the other four years in post-grad studies to obtain a Master of Medicine in Obstetrics & Gynaecology degree.

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

Find Relevant Employment Opportunities

Obstetricians and Gynaecologists have many opportunities for employment in South Africa and often work in:

  • State hospitals
  • Clinics
  • Private practice

Find More Information from Relevant Regulatory Bodies

To find more information about specialist obstetricians and gynaecologists, contact the Health Professionals Council of South Africa (HPCSA )or the South African Society of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists.

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