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Specialty skills in emergency surgery and trauma (SSET)

BMJ 2013; 346 doi: (Published 08 January 2013) Cite this as: BMJ 2013;346:e8547
  1. Christine Biela, foundation year 2 doctor
  1. 1John Radcliffe Hospital, Oxford University Hospitals NHS Trust, UK
  1. c.biela{at}

This two day course aims to help junior surgical trainees in general surgery to develop theoretical and practical skills in emergency and trauma surgery. It allows junior doctors to get hands-on practice in key emergency surgical procedures, to which juniors often have limited exposure in the early stages of their training.

Who is it for?

This course is designed primarily for core surgical trainees, but it is also suitable for foundation year 2 doctors with an interest in general surgery or those about to enter core surgical training. I took this course at the beginning of foundation year 2 and did some quick revision of common surgical emergencies beforehand to help me get up to speed with the core surgical trainees.

Why did you do it?

This course appealed to me as I am keen on pursuing a career in surgery. I wanted the opportunity to learn and practise common emergency surgical procedures before starting core surgical training, which I hoped would build my confidence in …

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