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  1. General surgery

    General surgeons employ a wide range of knowledge and skills to perform surgery, often in emergency situations. There is frequently an emphasis on acute abdominal problems.

    You’ll need to follow a set pattern of training which usually starts with a five year first degree in medicine and two years of foundation training. You will then undertake two years of core training (CT1–2), followed by 5 years of specialist training (ST3-7). This period of training will include completing your royal college exams.The 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 highly likely. Pay scales (2017): Consultants earn between £76,761 and £103,490.
    You'll need good organisational, communication and decision-making skills. You'll also need good hand-eye co-ordination, manual dexterity and visuo-spatial awareness. You'll also need the ability to work under pressure and to adapt to changing circumstances. It's also important that you can work well in a team and are able to stay calm and support your team in difficult circumstances. You'll also need to be a good leader with the physical stamina to cope with the demands of surgery.
    There are 2,237 consultants in general surgery in England in 2016. Opportunities exist for research and teaching.
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