WORK IN SOUTH AFRICA

AHP doctors do fascinating clinical work while improving the lives of communities that desperately need doctors, in a country consistently voted the most beautiful in the world.

There are many reasons to consider working in South Africa’s public healthcare sector.
These are some of the ones doctors tell us about most often.

Clinical Experience

Our quadruple burden of disease makes for engaging clinical work.

Make a Difference

These communities need your skills, making your work more meaningful.

The Lifestyle

South Africa offers exposure to unique lifestyle experiences.

"We could save a lot of babies and take them through the most critical stage of their condition. And then it’s very rewarding ...because..they show remarkable recovery. It’s wonderful to see them doing so well."

"The pathologies you see are phenomenal. This is the place to come if you want to see real medicine. The X-rays you see here will blow your mind."

"The rewards are being part of a system that contributes to helping the most disadvantaged patients in this population and actually making a tangible difference."

"It’s got such a fantastic variety in nature, in people and in cultures. It’s such a rich country."

"The professional experience that I’ve gained here has been amazing and will stand me in very good stead, particularly for a future in emergency medicine."

"I loved the experience. It is a beautiful country.
It was the best year of my life."

"I think in two years working in the UK I’ve done maybe four lumbar punctures.
Here some days I do four lumbar punctures."

"I love working here. You feel you mean something to the patients. You’re so appreciated. I feel very connected to the people and I don’t want to leave."

"We had huge adventures and went on numerous game drives, swam with dolphins in Mozambique
and did white water rafting in Swaziland."

"The medical stuff I saw here I wouldn’t have seen anywhere else. I was doing things I’d never ever be able to do back home."

"South Africa is probably the most beautiful country that I have ever visited."

Doctors at Bethesda Hospital in KwaZulu-Natal share their experiences of working in a rural hospital below.

“The medical stuff I saw here I wouldn’t have seen anywhere else. I was doing things I’d never ever be able to do back home.”

Clinical Experience

South Africa’s quadruple burden of disease and associated pathologies offer an unparalleled opportunity for gaining clinical experience.

Spreading your skills across trauma, surgery, obstetrics,
anaesthesia, internal medicine and HIV/AIDS is all in a day’s work. The generalist nature of medical services required in rural hospitals will allow you to develop proficiency in a wide range of medical capabilities.

AHP-placed doctors report improved independent decision-making skills and resourcefulness, and return to their home countries armed with a confidence that comes from working in a resource-poor setting.

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“I love working here.
You feel you mean something to the patients.
You’re so appreciated.
I feel very connected to the people and I don’t want to leave.”

Make a Difference

Our doctors and their colleagues find that working in a community that would otherwise not have access to healthcare make their work more meaningful.

Many go on to develop a career in Global Health, others return to General Practice in their home country, and some choose their specialty based on the insights gained during their South African experience.

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“South Africa is probably the most beautiful country
that I have ever visited.”

The Lifestyle

It’s hard to beat the diverse South African countryside in terms of quality of life and exposure to unique experiences. Swap the rush hour commute for sundowners overlooking the African bush. Swap city living for life under big skies.

AHP helps you find salaried positions and the relatively low cost of living enables you to explore and experience a country brimming with breathtaking opportunities.

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AHP guides you through the process to find a job and register to work in South Africa
and then supports you with orientation.