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Surgeons are specialists in performing surgical operations. Besides General Surgery, there are many, many other specialisations you can pursue including:
To become a specialist surgeon 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 surgeons in South Africa typically study for about 10 years. The first 6 years are spent in theoretical training to obtain a Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery and four years are spent in post-graduate studies to obtain a Master of Medicine (Surgery) degree.
In addition to the theoretical training and post-graduate studies, specialist surgeons also typically spend 1 year in student internship and 1 year in community service.
Specialist surgeons have many employment opportunities. Specialist surgeons in South Africa usually work in large hospitals or clinics and they can also go into private practice.
To find more information about specialist surgeons, contact the Health Professionals Council of South Africa (HPCSA).