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Specialist Surgeon

ABOUT 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

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

  1. NSC or NC(v) with Bachelor’s Degree Pass
  2. Degree: Bachelor of Medicine:
    • Theoretical training: 6 years.
    • Student internship: 1 year.
    • Community Service: 1 year
  3. * Post-graduate study: 4 years specialisation: MMed (Surgery) 

Educational Institutions offering this qualification:

University of Pretoria: https://www.up.ac.za/yearbooks/2017/pdf/programme/10250024

University of Cape Town:  http://www.health.uct.ac.za/fhs/departments/surgery/overview/about

University of Stellenbosch: http://www.sun.ac.za/english/faculty/healthsciences/surgery/Pages/Education-.aspx

Wits University:  https://www.wits.ac.za/course-finder/postgraduate/health/master-of-medicine/

University of KZN:  https://generalsurgery.ukzn.ac.za/postgraduateactivities/

University of Limpopo:  https://www.ul.ac.za/application/downloads/Postgraduate%20Prospectus%202021.pdf

University of the Free State:  https://apps.ufs.ac.za/dl/yearbooks/361_yearbook_eng.pdf

Duration of study

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

Employment:

Surgeons have many opportunities, usually in large hospitals or clinics and they can also go into private practice. 

Further Information:

Health Professionals Council of South Africa (HSPCA)

https://www.hpcsa.co.za/

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