Advancing paediatric surgery through education and research

So you want to be a paediatric surgeon?

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Core Surgical Training

Can you operate? Hold a scalpel? Suture? At the minute, Paediatric Surgery is not on ‘run through’ after Foundation, so get yourself some basic surgical training (Core) – ideally a rotation that includes Paediatric Surgery.

What does it mean to be a paediatric surgeon?

In simplest terms, it is the practice of general surgery for children ranging in age from premature neonates to adolescents. However, just as in adult practice, this covers a huge depth and breadth of subspecialties and hence has great appeal to the budding paediatric surgeon as there is a niche to suit most surgeons, including

  • Oncology
  • Upper GI
  • Lower GI
  • Urology
  • Thoracic surgery
  • Hepatobiliary and pancreatic surgery
  • Neonatal surgery
  • Trauma surgery

The challenge is that this is not just surgery in “little people”; it is a specialty that requires the technical agility to work on small structures, an understanding of the embryology and physiological processes of growth and development, how it can go wrong and how surgery can change long term outcomes. Working with families of children with congenital diseases often develops into a long term partnership and involvement in transition to adult care.

There are currently 29 centres in Britain providing a paediatric surgical service.