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  1. Paediatric surgery

    Paediatric surgeons work with young patients – from premature and unborn babies to children and young adults up to the age of 19.

    Training usually starts with a five year first degree in medicine and two years of foundation training. You'll then do two years of core surgery training (CT1-2) leading to Membership of the Royal College of Surgeons (MRCS) and five years of specialist training (ST3-7). This period of training will include completing your royal college exams. Length of training can vary according to your circumstances.
    Working hours should not exceed 48 hours a week.The working hours may sometimes extend beyond the normal working day to include early mornings, evenings and weekends. On call likely. Pay scales (2017): Consultants earn between £76,761 and £103,490.
    The ability to work under pressure and take initiative in highly pressurised and emotive situations is vital.You'll also need practical skills such as good hand-eye co-ordination, manual dexterity and visuo-spatial awareness. Good communication, organisational skills and team-working skills are also important along with emotional resilience and stamina.
    There are 191 consultants in paediatric surgery in England in 2016. Opportunities exist for research and teaching.
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