Medical Doctor

Doctor RiaadJob Description

Medical Doctors are highly esteemed and respected members of society. However, the years of study and long working hours thereafter require that you are constantly motivated to perform; either by your deep desire to help humanity, or by the high salary and prestige. Practicing as a doctor is a huge responsibility and is bound to have its challenges. But if you are positive that you can handle anything that the human body can throw at you, have a passion for medicine and can achieve excellent results; then graft in matric and go for it!!

Yearly Salary:

R400 000 to R750 000 (General Practitioner)

Specialisation Areas:

Cardiac Surgery, Neurosurgery, General Surgery, Ophthalmology, Orthopedic Surgery, Pediatric Surgery, Plastic Surgery, Trauma Surgery, Oncology, Immunology, Cardiology, Endocrinology, Gastroenterology, Hematology, Nephrology, Pulmonology, Rheumatology, Gynaecology, Obstetrics, Radiology, Pathology, Dermatology…

Demand and Job Security:

Doctors are in need all over the world – you will never be without a job.

Working Hours and Environment:

Most doctors have long working hours and need to be on call at any hour of the day or night. It can be a very stressful work environment, especially if you are a surgeon or have specialised in an area where medical emergencies are likely. However general practitioners and some specialists, such as dermatologists, have more flexible/controllable hours.

How long does it take to qualify?

MB ChB: 6 years of study, followed by a 2 year internship, then 1 to 2 years of (paid) community service at a government institution.

Where can I study?

University of Cape Town, University of Pretoria, University of Stellenbosch, University of Witwatersrand, University of KwaZulu Natal, University of the Free State, University of Limpopo, Walter Sisulu University.

Funding Your Studies

The sad reality is that you have to pay for tertiary education and it is very expensive 🙁 Luckily there are many options out there, read our article “Funding Your Studies”  to find out all the info regarding bursaries, student loans and government grants.



6 thoughts on “Medical Doctor”

  1. When Doing the MB ChB course, is Honours included in the 6 years? If not, how long does it take to complete a Honors degree?

    1. Hi Aiden. MB ChB does not require or offer honours. You are a Doctor once you have completed your internship. After completing the MB ChB you become a general practitioner. The next step would be to specialize into your chosen medical field, such as cardiac surgery or dermatology.

  2. hi im a zimbabwean girl, who has however been studying in s.a for five years now. Im to matriculate this year , but i need to know , am i considered an international student when making varsity applications , since i am on a study permit?

    1. Hello again 🙂 Since you are on a study permit, and not a permanent resident of South Africa, you will need to indicate that you are an international student (and make sure that your study permit does not expire).

        1. Hi Vero 🙂 Sorry, but we only have info on the NBTs, since we have a South African focus. Hopefully you will find a USA website similar to maxmatric. Good luck!

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