Career focus: A career in surgery
Amit Bidwai shares what he found out from the surgical careers day at the Royal College of Surgeons and Ardeshir Bayat gives a surgical trainee's view
Surgery has become increasingly advanced since the days of the barber surgeons. Of course, all of us will have a qualification in surgery when we finish medical school, but how does a medical student become a consultant surgeon?
An excellent source of information is the surgical careers day held several times a year at the Royal College of Surgeons in London. There are guest speakers from every step of the surgical career pathway. Each speaker is then subjected to a question and answer session. The day concludes with a tour of the college and a surgical skills session. Each student also receives an information pack about CV skills and the career pathway. I have summarised what I was able to learn at the careers day last March.
Those students who want to be surgeons can show their interest early on - for example, by choosing to be on a surgical