Republic of South Africa (RSA) is SouthAfrican Country bordered with South Atlantic Ocean, Indian ocean, Namibia, Botswana, Zimbabwe, Mozambique and Swaziland. South Africa is multi-ethnic and multilingual country having 11 official languages. Main languages spoken are Zulu, Xhosa and Afrikaans but English is predominant. Population of South Africa is around 54 million and it is 2nd largest economy in Africa after Nigeria.
Both private and Public healthcare system run parallel with each other. 80% of population rely on public health care. South Africa spends 9% of its GDP on health care system. HIV/AIDS infected population in RSA is one of the largest, about 6 million people are infected with it.
More health statistics about South Africa can be found here
Life expectancy in South Africa can be seen here
Undergraduate medical education
In south Africa before university schooling is for 12 years. Undergraduate South African medical education in South Africa varies in different universities. Most Universities offer 6 year program of MBChB and some of them offers additional postgraduate medical qualification for four more years.
Upon graduation doctors have to complete 2 year of internship and one year of community service to register with Health Professions Council to practice as a doctor in the country
Residency/specialty training in RSA can be obtained only after getting registration certificate from Health Professions Council of South Africa. For getting registration certificate foreign medical graduates after getting preliminary approval, will need to sit for examination in their chosen field out of 12 below mentioned disciplines.
Once registered with the council, health care professionals will need to apply for entrance into Master of medicine (MMed) at their chosen university offering such training programs e.g. University of Capetown, University of Witwatersrand Johannesburg.
Licence is foreign doctors registration in South Africa certificate to practice. there are 9 categories or types of foreign doctors registration in South Africa.
foreign doctors registration in South Africa criteria for foreign medical and dental graduates with Health Professions Council depends on respective board. There are 12 professional boards in South Africa and foreign doctors registration in South Africa criteria for each board varies.
- Dental therapy & oral hygiene
- Dietetics & Nutrition
- Emergency care
- Environmental health
- Medical & Dental Science
- Medical Technology
- Occupational, Medical orthotics, prosthetics & Arts therapy
- Optometry & dispensing opticians
- Physiotherapy, podiatry and Biokinetics
- Radiography and clinical technology
- Speech language and hearing professions
Requirements for admission into MMed programs must have:
- Basic medical qualification
- Must have completed internship and community service (3 year postgraduate experience)
- foreign doctors registration in South Africa certificate from Health Professions Council of RSA
More information regarding Requirements for foreign doctors in South Africa.
Format of examination for foreign doctors registration in South Africa is as follows:
- Usually written examination
- Medico-legal, ethical and language assessment
- Basic, clinical and public health knowledge assessment.
2. If passed 1st exam part then written and clinical exam including an Objective Structured Professional Examination (OSPE).
Only three attempts within 2 consecutive years will be allowed.
Examination and other fee details for foreign doctors registration in South Africa can be found here
Health care professionals can contact Africa health placement for jobs and posting in rural hospitals after getting registered in RSA.
Average salary of physician in RSA in 33200 ZAR (2664 USD) per month.
Foreign medical graduates should first register with Health Profession Council of South Africa. There are 12 departments which foreign doctors should see for specific foreign doctors registration in South Africa and documentation criteria above.
A complete detailed step by step information about foreign doctors registration in South Africa process and Guidelines for General practitioner foreign doctors registration in South Africa in RSA.
A detailed list of documents required for foreign doctors registration in South Africa and guidelines in all 12 sectors can be found here
Postgraduate Medical Education
Postgraduate South African medical education is being offered by some of the main institutions around the country. For foreigners . University of the Witwatersrand offers three types of courses or programs. They are considered as Supernumerary Registrars.
In south Africa foreign doctors have a number of options to continue their education and training at postgraduate level usually lasts for 5-7 years
They can either enroll in masters program in medicine, surgery, Obs/gynecology, pediatrics etc or they can apply for postgraduate diplomas and postgraduate fellowships in all major clinical disciplines. But for all clinical disciplines, they will be required to get certificate of foreign doctors registration in South Africa from Health Professionals Council of South Africa.
A number of CPD courses in each of 12 disciplines can be found on Health Profession Council of South Africa website
Though for fellowships there are examinations conducted by colleges of relative specialty. A large database of options for postgraduate doctors can be found on Colleges of Medicine of South Africa website
Links about all registered professional health societies associations and organizations can be found here