Entry requirements, skills and interests (paediatric surgery)

This page provides useful information about the entry requirements needed for this specialty up to and including foundation training. It also includes information on the skills and interests you will need.

Entry requirements

Before you train as a surgeon you must complete a degree in medicine and have obtained a MBBS or equivalent qualification. Find out about getting into medical school.

You then need to complete a two-year foundation programme and then two years of core training. After successfully completing your first year of foundation training you become eligible for registration as a doctor with the General Medical Council (GMC). Foundation training includes undertaking rotations in a range of specialties including surgery.

To find information about the Foundation Programme, visit our applying for foundation training page.

After foundation training you will need to undertake further specialist training (see training and development page).

Skills and interests

Paediatric surgeons require a very special set of skills. Not only do they need the entire skill set of a surgeon, but also the added dexterity needed to operate on the smallest of patients.

The ability to communicate cheerfully with children and their patients is also vital. At times the circumstances will be very challenging - from dealing with the child with cancer or a life-limiting disease to the parents of a very sick baby in neonatal intensive care. You’ll need a delicate balance of empathy and emotional detachment.

Paediatric surgeons also need:

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