The Faculty of Surgical Trainers (FST) has published new standards, setting out the criteria for training excellence in the health service
As surgeons, we are all aware of how important good surgical training is to the quality and safety of the care we can deliver for the benefit of our future patients. While we still recognise Dr William Halsted’s maxim “See one, Do one, Teach one”, I am sure we all now realise that this paradigm is no longer fit for purpose in our modern NHS. Shorter working hours and more fragmented working patterns have decreased the face-to-face time we once had with our trainees.
We must now strive to provide high-quality training in less time and in a far more distributed environment than before. This shift is not unique to surgical practice, and affects medical education and training as a whole, but surgery feels these changes most acutely because it is a craft specialty with a breadth of knowledge, skills and attitudes.
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