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A 2-day enhanced induction programme, ‘Bootcamp’ has been piloted for trainees based in the West of Scotland at the Medical Education Training Centre, Kirklands for the past few years. The programme allows full orientation to the Intercollegiate Surgical Curriculum Project (ISCP) training platform and setting of expectations for higher training. Simulated elements include ward round, clinic, MDT and surgical skills. It includes workshops on letter writing, vetting referrals and running virtual clinics.


ASICs (Advanced Surgery Cadaver Skills in GI Surgery)

This is a 2 day cadaveric course to introduce common general surgical operations. It builds on the basic skills/procedures introduced during the Core Surgical Training Programme in the BASICS course. The course includes training in:

  • Laparoscopic cholecystectomy
  • Management of duodenal perforation
  • Right hemi-colectomy
  • Splenectomy
  • Subtotal colectomy 
  • Hartmann’s procedure


Basic Endoscopy Courses

Basic upper & lower GI endoscopy courses are already a feature of surgical training, and currently centrally funded for Scottish trainees through NHS Education for Scotland (NES). The new general surgical curriculum has set new expected numbers of upper GI endoscopy & colonoscopy, aligned to JAG (Joint Advisory Group on GI Endoscopy) accreditation, prior to awarding a certificate of completion of training (CCT). These numbers are recognised as challenging to achieve within the surgical curriculum and renewed emphasis on early acquisition of skill to allow steady accumulation of cases is required. These basic endoscopy courses need to be completed early within phase 2.


Trauma Course

The majority of trainees will be expected to be fully competent in the operative management of the emergency surgical take. This will include some trauma. Major trauma cases are high risk, low frequency events for the majority of surgical consultants. Current practical exposure to surgical trauma management is ad hoc based on clinical exposure on trainee placement. The concentration of trauma within regional trauma centres will potentially further reduce trainee exposure; while demanding a workforce able to fulfil the role.

A one day cadaveric trauma course aligned to the expected competencies of a general surgery consultant will ensure exposure and practice of surgical management of trauma for all trainees. The course will be delivered in conjunction with trauma leads from the Scottish Major Trauma Centres.


Full booking and information about expenses can be found in the HST Training Zone.

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This page was last updated on: 18.08.2023 at 11.04