The Department of Health on Thursday launched the Internship and Community Service Programme (ICSP) online system for the verification and registration process of medical internships and community service intake for January 2023 annual cycle.
According to the department, the system will officially be open on Tuesday, 13 September and close on 25 September 2022 at midnight.
ICSP is a requirement to be fulfilled by most health science professionals after the completion of their undergraduate degree.
These programmes are designed to prepare health professionals for independent practice as well as to provide the South African health system with resources for health in communities and facilities that need it the most.
The department said the application process is aimed at eligible applicants who meet the minimum requirements in line with the public service and the professional council prescripts.
“The verification process will also run concurrently with the application process,” the statement read, adding that the system will be tested to ensure it is efficient with minimal disruptions.
The applicants are urged to visit the ICSP website for more information and guidelines regarding the verification, registration, and application processes accessible at https://icspinfo.dhmis.org/
The department has emphasized that more posts be allocated to rural and underserved areas in line with the philosophy of National Health Insurance (NHI).
Priority will be given to qualifying South African citizens, followed by permanent residents and lastly foreign nationals who wish to pursue their careers in South Africa.