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 implementation of the new junior doctors’ contract, 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 9 surgical specialties.
  • Dispel myths about surgery and the ideal surgical candidate.
  • 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. Lunch and refreshments will be provided throughout the day. A certificate will be provided for attendance.

Attendees are strongly encouraged to submit one or multiple abstracts (relating to any surgical speciality) for poster presentations. This may include original research, audits, interesting cases or a chance to showcase your surgical elective experience with our faculty and other attendees. Presentation at a national conference not only looks great on the CV but also provides an excellent opportunity to develop your presentation skills.


Conference Programme

08:30 Registration Tea/Coffee
09:00 Welcome to CiS conference
09:15 Keynote speech *Guest Speaker*
10:00 Getting onto the ladder
10:40 Academic Surgical training
11:00 Tea/coffee (Poster Exhibition)
11:20 Speciality talks
12:45 Lunch (Poster Exhibition)
13:30 Breakout session I
15:00 Specialty talks II
16:00 Tea/coffee (Poster Exhibition)
16:15 Breakout session II
17:30 Final Q&A
17:45 Prize presentation
18:00 Feedback forms & closure