Outline of Training
All surgical specialties require a period of basic training, this varies among the specialties. General Surgery, Trauma & Orthopaedic surgery, Plastic surgery, Otolaryngology, Cardiothoracic surgery and Paediatric surgery all require two years of basic training called core surgical training. Some of these programmes may be themed to a particular specialty with certain specialties having mixed recruitment i.e. some run through and some core with further selection later.
Following core training, specialty training is then given for a variable length of time dependant on the specialty. Further details on this and the specifics of specialty training can be found here on the Intercollegiate Surgical Curriculum Project website.