South African Medical Association


Frequently Asked Questions

SARAs vision is to make registrar medical postgraduate training the best it can be, in order for it to produce quality specialists, for the benefit of registrars and our people. Some of the benefits of SARA membership include

  • - You will be represented, through our National Executive Committee, in interactions with various stakeholders in post-graduate medical education such as the universities, HPCSA, CMSA, Department of Health and Department of higher education and training.
  • - You can establish national and international professional links with other registrars and medical professionals.
  • - You can be part of a network of support for registrars in campuses and across the country.
  • - You will enjoy the full benefits of SAMA membership. See

If you are already a member of SAMA, you automatically become a member of SARA. However please ensure that your registrar status is known to SAMA if you joined before you became a registrar. You can do this by sending an email to You can also simply update your employment details in your annual membership renewal form. Forms can be downloaded by following this link: Online Membership.

No. SARA represents the interests of all South African registrars, regardless of their SAMA membership, however, as SARA is a subgroup of SAMA, and in line with SARAs constitution, only registrars who are Full Members of the South African Medical Association that accept the aims and objectives of the association can participate in the activities of SARA and enjoy the benefits of membership.

SARA is a national organisation, which deals with issues that affect registrars as a whole. Although SARA has built co-operative relationships with most of the registrar organisations, members will still benefit from joining SARA and participating in a national conversation that moves registrars forward.

Yes. SARA represents all registrars, including registrars employed by the public sector, armed forces and National Health Laboratory services (NHLS). Employed doctors outside the public sector (EDOPS) are represented in the national executive through their campus representatives and through the second vice president who is an elected EDOPSrepresentative.

Yes. Sara has active members in all medical campuses in South Africa. The representatives of each campus are listed in the contact us section.

To find out how you can get involved, please get in touch with your campus representative, listed in the contact us section.

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