National Mechanisms for the Selection of Trainees. Procedure in Great Britain

  • T. A. H. Hide
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Part of the Acta Neurochirurgica Supplements book series (NEUROCHIRURGICA, volume 69)


Selection for and career progression in medicine and surgery in the United Kingdom and Ireland are broadly similar. After completing school and university, a pre-registration year is spent as Junior House Officer usually with six months in medicine and six months in surgery. Following this, the aspirant to surgical training will apply for a basic surgical training post (Senior House Officer). This is for a minimum of two years but may be extended to three after which the trainee will sit an examination of one of the Royal Colleges to obtain a Membership of the Royal College of Surgeons (MRCS). The next stage in training is to obtain a higher surgical training post in the grade of Specialist Registrar. This will be in the specific surgical specialty in which the trainee wishes to become qualified and lasts for a period of six years in which there will be organised periods for research and travel, most often towards the end of the training period.


Selection of Trainees Procedure in Great Britain 

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© Springer-Verlag/Wien 1997

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  • T. A. H. Hide
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  1. 1.Southern General HospitalGlasgowUK

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