The Bachelor of Medicine & Bachelor of Surgery (MBBCh) degree is a 6 year, full-time course. The degree course is the standard qualification for becoming a medical practitioner.
Duties include the examination and diagnosis of patients, the prescription of medicines, performing of minor operations and the provision of treatments for injuries, diseases and other ailments.
Once qualified, it is a requirement that two years internship and one further year community service must be undertaken before the qualified doctor is permitted to pursue specialty training.
Completing the MBBCh degree opens the door to a variety of exciting and challenging careers. Surgeons, paediatricians, pathologists, radiologists, family medicine practitioners, all start by graduating with an MBBCh.
South Africa offers great scope to medical practitioners. There is a critical need for doctors in underserved areas and it is a challenge to provide good quality preventative, diagnostic and therapeutic services in a resource-poor setting.
However, the personal rewards of giving back and making a difference to the lives of so many people make the effort worthwhile. On the other hand, the country offers up-to-date facilities in both academic and private practice settings with the opportunity of being involved in research at many levels.
There are two points of entry into MBBCh.
- First year for applicants who are currently in grade 12
- Third year for applicants who have completed a first degree (the Graduate Entry Medical Programme (GEMP) which is a 4 year programme)