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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.
To become a specialist Obstetrician/ Gynaecologist or OB-Gyne 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 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.
Obstetricians and Gynaecologists have many opportunities for employment in South Africa and often work in:
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.