Paediatric surgeons work with young patients – from premature and unborn babies to children and young adults up to the age of 19.
Training and qualifications requiredTraining 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.
Expected working hours and salary rangeWorking 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.
Desirable skills and valuesThe 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.
ProspectsThere are 191 consultants in paediatric surgery in England in 2016. Opportunities exist for research and teaching.
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