What is a Cardiothoracic Surgery?
Cardiothoracic surgery is the field of medicine involved in the surgical treatment of organs inside the thoracic cavity generally the treatment of conditions of the heart, lungs, and other pleural or mediastinal structures.
Where Can I Study Cardiothoracic Surgery In South Africa?
As part of the University of Pretoria Faculty of Health Sciences, the Department of Cardiothoracic Surgery plays an important role in the teaching of post-graduate students at the University of Pretoria,
as well as providing in-service training for Clinical Technologists in Cardiovascular Perfusion.
How many years does it take to become a cardiothoracic surgeon in South Africa?
The four-year training program encompasses a three-part examination of General Surgical Principles
Part I, Intensive Care Principles Part II, and Cardiothoracic Surgical Adult and Congenital Surgery Part III.
How many cardiac surgeons are there in South Africa?
South Africa has approximately 120 cardiothoracic surgeons in the country with about 60% in the private sector, many with government part-time appointments.