Botswana’s Doctor Assistant


  • Shepherd Mothebe


Physician Assistant, Botswana, Africa


Botswana is a landlocked country in Southern Africa.  Its borders are South Africa, Namibia, Zambia, and Zimbabwe.  Botswana has a relatively small population with little over 2 million persons residing in the country.  Despite the small population, there is still a shortage of doctors.  Botswana healthcare workforce officials noted that several African, European, and North American countries had a mid-level cadre to take care of patients.  In South Africa, this cadre is known as clinical associates and in Zimbabwe the cadre is known as clinical officers. Thus in 2015, the title of Doctor Assistant was chosen, and the Doctor Assistance course was introduced in Botswana. The Doctor’s Assistance training program was set up in the medical school at DDT College of Medicine.

Author Biography

Shepherd Mothebe

Shepherd Mothebe is a Doctor Assistant in Botswana.  He has experience as a Clinical Preceptor and is an International spokesperson for the Botswana Clinical Officers Union (BCOU). Mothebe is currently studying Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery (MBChB) in Zambia.




How to Cite

Mothebe, S. (2021). Botswana’s Doctor Assistant. Social Innovations Journal, 8. Retrieved from