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Tales of consultant surgeons throwing their instruments across the operating theatre seem like history. Surgery is now a more flexible, female-friendly and intellectually challenging speciality than it has ever been. Why is it then that there is a problem both in North America and in the United Kingdom in attracting and keeping young doctors in surgical training schemes? In the USA, there is evidence that increasing numbers of surgical trainees are leaving surgical residency programmes. Fewer medical students are choosing a surgical career, due to inadequate income for the level of commitment, inadequate family time and the high stress associated with the profession.

Original publication





The Bulletin of the Royal College of Surgeons of England


Royal College of Surgeons of England

Publication Date





358 - 360