Careers recently met up with Mr Chris Munsch, chairman of the Joint
Committee on Surgical Training for the Royal College of Surgeons in
London at their building in Lincoln's Inn Fields. We were keen to
record his views on a career in surgery for our website.
With both his experience as a respected consultant
cardiac surgeon and from his position as the chairman of the joint
committee Mr Munsch clearly has a great deal of practical knowledge
and personal enthusiasm to share with you.
We asked him to record two podcasts for the website -
one for those who have already decided that they
definitely want to follow a surgical career and are looking for
practical insight - and another podcast with a more general message
for people who have to make a decision or will
be looking to make a decision at some time in the future.
We wanted to try to make the podcasts as relevant as we can
for everyone so please choose the most appropriate
version to yourself.
Podcast One - 'Still to decide'
Podcast length - 4 mins 15 secs
Podcast Two - 'Decided'
Podcast length - 4 mins 30 secs
Royal College of Surgeons Bulletin - extract to read
Mr Munsch was one of the four Authors, led by Alison S Carr -
Senior Clinical Advisor from the Department of Health about
progression into specialty surgical training from core training -
and getting the balance right.
You can download a
Mr Chris Munsch is a consultant cardiac surgeon at the Yorkshire
Heart Centre in Leeds. He has previously been Regional Training
Programme Director for Cardiothoracic Surgery in Yorkshire and
Cardiothoracic Surgical Skills Tutor at the Royal College of
Surgeons in London, during which time he developed the Cardiac
Surgical Skills Lab Project. As member and subsequently chairman of
the SAC in Cardiothoracic Surgery he led the development of the
curriculum for the speciality, and has been involved in the ISCP
from the very beginning. He took over as chairman of the Joint
Committee on Surgical Training in October 2007, and has overall
responsibility for the standards and delivery of surgical training
as well as oversight of the ISCP.
Royal College of Surgeons - London building
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