And Yet Some More Advice for Future Surgeons

Getting into surgery can seem a bit scary, especially if you are not 100% sure what you are getting into. Luckily there are people who have gone through it before you. Here is some advice they have to share about building your skill set and keeping your eye on the goal:

“What I’d say to a medical student or a junior doctor is that they have to be very flexible in their approach to the work. They have to have an interest in a variety of things. It’s not just the actual subject content that you should be interested in. There are so many facets to medicine these days which are very much different from what they were so you have to have a teaching role, a political role, a research role and a sort of general knowledge role so you actually get to know your patient, to understand communities, to understand disease processes

“I think for someone considering a career in surgery they have to realise, first and foremost, it is a very competitive field out there. And they have to understand that to be part of the game they have to get ready and prepared and know what they need to do to deliver to be part of the game. So building a portfolio is essential and if they can try to do that at medical school level that is so important. So publishing, presenting, going to meetings, (…) – really it’s just understanding that you need to know what skills you need before you actually embark on a surgical career. And to understand whether you are going to be able to cope with the challenges which are changing all the time.”

“Look at the job at the end of it rather than just the training. Often people can’t relate to the people who have the job at the end of it because we are older, but they need to look at the job and whether that is something that they want to do. And if they want to do it, they’ve got to be the best. They’ve got to try to work hard on all different levels. It’s not just operating or getting through the exams. It’s things like teaching, leadership, research. It’s all the other things you need on your CV.  (…) You do need to have your CV be as good as it can possibly and take opportunities.”

“The consultant job is good. The consultant job is actually fun and doable. I don’t do private practice, I’ve got loads of time. I collect my youngest daughter from school twice a week. It’s fun. You don’t operate at night anymore. Lots of that sort of thing has changed. We just need to get the women through the training.”


If you’d like to read more advice, you can also check out our previous posts on the topic by clicking here and here.

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