Surgery has a complex training route as there
is variation between different surgical specialties that lie within
the broader surgical group. You will find detailed information on
these within the surgical specialties on these pages.
Due to the many options available within
surgery it can offer a demanding and challenging career. Surgery is
a very competitive area of medicine and to succeed you have to be
incredibly hard working and determined.
Surgery comprises nine main specialties
which have further options for sub-specialisation embedded with
them. Throughout a surgical career, surgeons will work in a number
of different jobs.
Most surgical work takes place within hospital
settings and as well as performing operations, surgeons will also
undertake ward rounds, outpatient clinics, administrative duties
Surgeons work within multi-disciplinary teams
comprising for example nurses, anaethesitisits, radiologists and
Most surgical specialties will involve two
year Core Surgical Training which follows on from the two year post
medical school Foundation Programme.
Core Surgical Training maybe linked or themed
to a particular specialty or could comprise a generic surgical
training programme to equip you with the required competencies to
progress onto Specialty Training.
Specialty Training lasts approximately six
years after which successful candidates will be awarded a
Certificate of Completion of Training (CCT).
Please visit the surgical specialties pages on
this site for detailed information about the training routes
for the area of your interest.
Also see the recruitment website into
Core Surgery (CT1).
The website for Modernising Medical
Careers contains a person specification which lists eligibility
criteria for Core Surgical Training, plus the personal, academic
and clinical criteria on which recruitment is based.
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