Choosing your specialty: Surgery

Decked out in scrubs and beckoning for a scalpel may be one of our most iconic medical images when thinking about doctors, yet on a more serious note, opting to become a surgeon could provide you with a hugely challenging yet rewarding role, where high dexterity allows you to have a practical role in fixing people’s health problems.

With a vast array of specialities and sub specialties that you can train in, surgery is an extremely competitive and demanding area of medicine with a complex training route, depending on which area you want to focus your skills on.

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Most surgical work takes place within hospital settings and as well as performing operations, surgeons will also undertake ward rounds, outpatient clinics, administrative duties and teaching. Surgeons work within multi-disciplinary teams comprising for example nurses, anaethesitisits, radiologists and many others.

Is this speciality for you?

For a promising career in surgery, you can train in one of the following specialist fields (which all also have their own related sub specialities that you can explore):

  • Cardiothoracic Surgery
  • Neurosurgery
  • General Surgery
  • Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery
  • Plastic Surgery
  • Otolaryngology
  • Paediatric Surgery
  • Urology
  • Trauma and Orthopaedic Surgery

If you wish to be a successful surgeon, then you should have these key attributes:

  • Sound medical knowledge
  • Good hand-eye coordination
  • Ability to cope under pressure
  • Strong communication skills
  • Able to work well within a team environment
  • Knowledge of physiology
  • Good diagnostic skills
  • Ability to manage a wide range of conditions