Emergency Medicine Specialist



OFO No: 221203





Other names for Emergency Medicine Specialist:

  • Emergency Physician


What is an Emergency Medicine Specialist?

An Emergency Medicine Specialist is specialised doctor who treats patients with acute illnesses or emergency injuries. These specialists can be on call day and night.

An Emergency Medicine Specialist has to think quickly on their feet, be calm in a stressful situation and extremely confident.

What does an Emergency Medicine Specialist do?

  • examines and assesses patient
  • provides full medical treatments (medicines, surgery, etc)
  • resuscitates patients when required
  • communicates with the entire emergency team
  • monitors patient
  • keeps calm at all times

Are you . . . ?

  • intelligent?
  • dedicated?
  • willing to work unusual hours?
  • calm in stressful situations?
  • confident?
  • a decision maker?
  • a team player?
  • organised and methodical?

How do I become an Emergency Medicine Specialist?


First become a Medical Doctor: CLICK HERE

Masters in Medicine (Emergency Medicine)

  • University of Cape Town
  • University of Witwatersrand

Designation: Only those registered with the HPCSA may use the title: Emergency Medicine Specialist


  • CLICK HERE to check for a training institution near you to see what they offer.
  • Make sure you understand their entry requirements for each course.
  • To avoid scams, make sure your institution is registered with the Department of Higher Education. CLICK HERE to check accredited Private Higher Education Institutions.


  • HPCSA: Health Professions Council of South Africa



OTHER CAREERS TO CONSIDER: Ambulance Worker or Paramedic

Is becoming an Emergency Medicine Specialist the right career choice for me?