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Specialist Surgeon

Surgeons are specialists in performing surgical operations. Besides General Surgery, there are many, many other specialisations you can pursue including:

  • Paediatric Surgery
  • Orthopaedic Surgery
  • Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery
  • Cardiothoracic Surgery
  • Neurosurgery

Required Qualifications

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

  1. Certificate (NSC or NC(v) with Bachelor’s Degree Pass)
  2. Bachelor’s Degree (Bachelor of Medicine)
  3. Post-graduate Degree (Master of Medicine: Surgery)* 

Duration of Study

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.

Employment Opportunities

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. 

Further Information:

Health Professionals Council of South Africa (HSPCA)

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