He was accepted into medical school at the University of Pretoria where he studied from 1992 to 1997. He was involved in outreaches to the local hospitals from his second year on. He also worked part time as a GP receptionist, a phlebotomist and had his own painting and decorating business for a year to help pay for his studies! He was married at the end of his 4th year with his first love, Sylma. They had their first daughter in 1997 the day before his final Obstetrics exam! He graduated in the class of 1997.
House job followed at the Far East Rand Hospital in Springs. He was kept busy doing various courses in emergency medicine. Against the odds he secured a job working in the Accident and Emergency Department in Ealing Hospital in London from February 1999. The next job was in Worcester, UK, where he completed 6 months rotations each in Trauma and Orthopaedics, Urology and Ear Nose and Throat Surgery. He sat the intermediate surgical exam MRCS in Edinburgh in 2001 and passed first time.
He returned to do community service in Knysna Hospital in 2001. He subsequently underwent one year training at Tygerberg Hospital as ENT Registrar before again switching to the United Kingdom where he competed successfully with local candidates to obtain a National Training Number. He completed a further 6 years of specialist training in Ear Nose and Throat Surgery.
The system in the UK rotates the trainees every 12 months to a new hospital. Every 6 months you are allocated to a new consultant and the training is closely supervised to address deficiencies. As a result he ended up working and operating under the close supervision of more than 30 consultants. In addition, the last 2 years were focused on Rhinology and Facial Plastic Surgery. He held three fellowship positions: The St. George’s Hospital Fellow in Rhinology and Facial Plastic Surgery (London), The Joint Committee on Higher Surgical Training National Clinical Interface Fellowship in Cosmetic and Reconstructive Surgery (London and Guildford) and the European Academy of Facial Plastic Surgery Fellowship. The JCHST fellowship was awarded after open competition from across the U.K. with trainees from 4 specialties, ENT, Opthalmology, Plastic Surgery and General Surgery. The EAFPS fellowship was awarded in open competition from candidates across the whole of Europe from both the ENT and Plastic Surgery fields.
During 2008, 2009 and 2010 Dr van Wyk was a committee member of the Facial Plastic Surgery group of ENT UK, the representative body for all ENT surgeons in the U.K. He helped develop their website, attended meetings, organized training and was on the organizing committee for the first Hong Kong Facial Plastic Surgery Course, where he acted as invited faculty and speaker. He was even interviewed on the stage in front of around 100 attendees to show the standard of examination that can by expected.
Dr. van Wyk on stage at the College of Surgeons of Hong Kong in 2009.
After the course in Hong Kong Dr van Wyk stayed on to visit the local ENT Department. Due to the risk of avian flu, staff routinely wore masks, and in clinical areas overcoats and hoods.
He presented at the Royal Society of Medicine during the annual conference of ENT UK, presented posters in Turkey, Germany and London and published several scientific articles. He is an author for eMedicine.com, with his publications drawing over 10 000 views every 6 months. He published in the Journal of Facial Plastic Surgery on Rhinoplasty (nose jobs) and has written a chapter in an international collaborative online reference work/textbook that focuses just on rhinoplasty.
With fellow surgeons during training in Facial Plastic Surgery, Boston, USA, in 2010.
With Dr. Jack Gunter, a rhinoplasty legend, during training in Dallas, USA, in 2010.
To finish off his training he visited Chicago, U.S.A. in October 2010 where he observed internationally acclaimed surgeons operate. These included Professor Dean Toriumi, Dr. Steven Dayan and Professor Regan Thomas.
With Dr. Dayan, at his rooms in Chicago.
Dr. van Wyk and Professor Dean Toriumi in Chicago 2010
As a fellow in training of the European Academy of Facial Plastic Surgery, the candidates are expected to submit 3 monthly reports on their training. They are also expected to sit the International Board Exam in Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery. Dr Carl van Wyk passed with an score of 81% after sitting the exam in June 2011 in Washington D.C.
In December 2010 the family relocated from the United Kingdom to South Africa, mostly due to family reasons. Due to the closeness of family and friends, George was the destination of choice.
In October 2011 he was the lead clinician for the "So you want to be a doctor?" 2011 course where sixteen 12 to 18 year old scholars interested in medicine as a career were given an insight into what a medical career really implies.
From March 2011 till May 2014 Dr. van Wyk was in full time private practice based in George, Western Cape, South Africa. He gained sound knowledge of the private medical industry and learned lots of lessons that relate to business skill rather than surgical skill. His surgical confidence has increased steadily over the years. Noses remain his passion, but he is keen to help a broad base of patients with the hard earned skills gained over the years.
In January 2014 he started seeing patients in the Mediclinic Morningside Hospital, a flag ship hospital for the Mediclinic Hospital Group in Sandton, Johannesburg. He is currently working privately at the Mediclinic Morningside Hospital.
He is also a part time specialist at the Dr. George Mukhari Academic Hospital, which is why you will not be able to see Dr. van Wyk on a Tuesday.
In 2015 Dr van Wyk attended the "Advances in Rhinoplasty" course in Chicago, a 5 day extravaganza on all things related to rhinoplasty. He came back slightly dissatisfied as not all the topics relevant to rhinoplasty surgery could be covered in 5 days, a measure of just how complex rhinoplasty surgery really is.
In October 2016 Dr van Wyk was a lecturer at the ENT Society congress workshop on Rhinoplasty. He also attended the European Academy of Facial Plastic Surgery Congress in London which was held the week before.
On the 8th of October 2016 Dr. van Wyk was honored by a vote to be recognized by the Board of Directors of the International Board for Certification in Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery as recommended by the Credentials Committee of the IBCFPRS. This means Dr van Wyk is now a "Board Certified Facial Plastic Surgeon" or "Diplomate of the International Board for Certification in Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery" in recognition of excellence in the field.
The IBCFPRS certification was based on the recommendation of the European Board for Certification in Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery who certified Dr. van Wyk as a Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeon.
Publications now include chapters in "Rhinoplasty: The Experts' Reference", Rhinoplasty Archive, as well as articles in the Facial Plastic Surgery Journal and the Aesthetic Surgery Journal.
He is still happily married, now with four daughters aged 19, 18, 15 and 11.
If you do come for a consultation you will likely meet Mrs Sylma van Wyk as well as she is the practice manager.