Entry requirements, skills and interests (trauma and orthopaedic 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.

Entry to T&O surgery is extremely competitive and you need to be highly academic and well-rounded as a person. Being a team-player is also important.

Skills and interests

Trauma and orthopaedic surgeons need:

  • practical skills such as good hand-eye co-ordination and manual dexterity
  • excellent vision and the ability to visualise in 3D
  • good organisational ability and stamina with a busy and demanding role
  • the ability to both work in a team and in isolation
  • enthusiasm, commitment and the ability to cope in a crisis
  • excellent communication skills to deal with patients and colleagues

Anyone applying for a role providing NHS healthcare will be asked to show how they think the NHS values would apply in their everyday work.

Find out more about NHS values.

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