Conference Information

Junior doctors and medical students receive little formal training on how to choose a career pathway. A career in surgery was attractive to many once upon a time, making surgery one of the most competitive specialties. However a career in surgery is no longer the golden ticket that everyone once sought. With recent pressure from the Department of Health for seven day working and the possibility of implementing the new junior contract by Doctors’ and Dentists’ Remuneration (DDRB) from August 2016, it is important more than ever to make the right choice for your career.

Over the last few years, almost all surgical disciplines have resorted to use of single centre national selection processes. The candidates are now assessed objectively rather than subjectively, over 3 to 5 stations by a panel of interviewers. Each surgical specialty expects candidates to meet essential criteria before applying for Core Surgery or Higher Specialist Training.

A ‘Career in Surgery’ conference brings together Higher Surgical Trainees from the surgical specialties to share insight of the realities of a surgical career in the modern NHS. The objectives of the conference are to:

  • Help delegates make more informed decisions about their future careers.
  • Provide an overview of the training pathways in the nine surgical specialties.
  • Dispel myths about surgery and the ideal surgical candidate.
  • Develop an ‘information hub’ for junior trainees.
  • Help delegates make more informed decisions about their future careers.
  • Optimise their preparation for the surgical application process.
  • Prepare delegates for the first day as a Core Surgical Trainee or Higher Surgical Trainee.

The application for surgery is like a campaign. The key to success is preparation and planning, which should ideally start early. The CiS conference has allocated a significant proportion of time towards discussions on the selection process for surgery and how to be best equipped for it. The day comprises of talks, small group sessions and Q&A sessions.

The conference is awarded 6 CPD points by The Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh. The conference fee includes lunch and refreshments throughout the day and a certificate.

Conference Fee


Conference Programme

09:00 Registration Tea/Coffee
09:30 Welcome to CiS conference
09:45 Surgical career pathway
10:00 Getting onto the ladder
10:15 Academic Surgical training
10:30 Tea/coffee Poster Exhibition
10:45 Speciality talks
11:45 Breakout session I
12:45 Lunch Poster Exhibition
13:30 Specialty talks II
15:30 Tea/coffee Poster Exhibition
15:45 Breakout session II
17:15 Final Q&A
17:30 Prize presentation
17:45 Feedback forms & closure