A cross sectional study of surgical training among United Kingdom general practitioners with specialist interests in surgery.
Bottom Line: All respondents believed that surgical training in primary care could be valuable for surgical trainees, and the majority (71/113, 63%) felt that both general practice and surgical trainees could benefit equally from such training.Surgical experience and training of GPwSI's in surgery is highly varied, and does not yet benefit from the quality assurance secondary care surgical training in the UK undergoes.The Royal Colleges of Surgery and General Practice are well placed to invest in such infrastructure to provide long-term, high-quality service and training in the community.
Affiliation: The Association of Surgeons in Training, London, UK University of Birmingham, Birmingham, UK Queen Elizabeth Hospital, Birmingham, UK.Show MeSH
Mentions: In terms of prior formal surgical training, 37% (42/113) of respondents had been awarded either membership or fellowship of a surgical Royal College, 22% (25/113) had completed a surgical postgraduate certificate or diploma, or undertaken a course of less than 1-year duration, while 41% (46/113) had no formal surgical qualifications (figure 1). Half of respondents gained their training in approved surgical training posts, while the remainder learnt them as either a GP trainee or a principle GP.
Affiliation: The Association of Surgeons in Training, London, UK University of Birmingham, Birmingham, UK Queen Elizabeth Hospital, Birmingham, UK.