OFO No: 221206




Other names for Paediatrician:

  • Neonatologist
  • Paediatric Thoracic Physician


What is a Paediatrician?

A Paediatrician is a medical doctor who has specialised in children (from birth upwards and including teenagers).

They diagnose and treat diseases and disorders in the youth.

What does a Paediatrician do?

  • meets with the parent/guardian and the baby / child
  • examines the child
  • diagnoses
  • prescribes the correct medicines or treatments
  • liaises with other specialists on complicated cases
  • advises parent/guardian on nutrition
  • keeps records
  • keeps up to date with medical science and paediatric issues
  • attends conferences

Are you . . . ?

  • interested in medicine?
  • a person who is good with children?
  • caring?
  • positive?
  • friendly?
  • intelligent?
  • good at maths and science?
  • a hard worker?

How do I become a Paediatrician?



  • Work as a qualified doctor for 2 years


Complete 4 year Master in Medicine (Paediatrics)

  • University of Cape Town
  • University of the Free State
  • University of KZN
  • University of Pretoria
  • University of the Witwatersrand


  • 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.


  • Designation: It’s awarded by the HPCSA. Only then can you use the title Paediatrician behind your name.


  • HPCSA: Health Professions Council of South Africa


OTHER CAREERS TO CONSIDER: Gynaecologist or Biotechnologist

Is becoming a Paediatrician the right career choice for me?