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Specialist Paediatrician

Paediatricians are doctors that look after the health of children from birth up until the age of about 16. 

Paediatricians are specialists in child healthcare and will treat children who have minor childhood illnesses as well as acute and chronic health problems or growth and development problems.

How to become qualified in this field (learning path):

NSC or NC(v) with Bachelor’s Degree Pass

Degree: Bachelor of Medicine:

  1. Theoretical training: 6 years.
  2. Student internship: 1 year.
  3. Community Service: 1 year

* Post-graduate study: 4 years specialisation: MMed (Paediatrics) 

Duration of study

4 Years Post Grad studies after completing the MBChB degree to obtain MMed (Paediatrics) degree.


Paediatricians have many opportunities for usually in large hospitals or clinics.

They can also go into private practice. 

Further Information:

Health Professionals Council of South Africa (HSPCA)

Paediatrician Management Group

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