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Welcome to the Faculty of Surgical Trainers

The Faculty of Surgical Trainers is a venture set up by The Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh to promote and enhance the role of the surgical trainer. The Faculty is the first of its kind in the UK and its purpose is to help support and develop surgeons in their role as surgical trainers. It works to increase the profile and recognition of surgical education and training and disseminate the message that excellent surgical training means excellent and safe patient care.

It also champions and promotes training in non-technical skills, as well as traditional technical skills, to further enhance patient safety; and provide a framework for the training and education of surgical trainers.

The Faculty will also play an important role as the landscape of Surgical Training changes in the future. As such it is already highly active in preparing for the GMC’s plan to approve trainers by 2016.

The Faculty is now open to all those who have an active interest or involvement in surgical training in the UK and internationally.

Touch Surgery interview

Interview feature

With competency vs time on the agenda for this year's conference, FST speaks to Touch Surgery’s Andre Chow about what the ground-breaking application means for both trainees and trainers

Prof Klingensmith will be speaking at the FST Conference in October 2016

Conference preview: Keynote speaker interview

Mary Klingensmith MD is President of the Association for Surgical Education, Distinguished Professor of Surgery and Vice-Chair for Education at Washington University School of Medicine, St Louis, US


Latest FST News

8 March 2017

2017 Conference: Time for Training

You can now book your place for the sixth annual FST conference Time for Training. The conference will take place on 4 October 2017 at The S…


6 February 2017

FST gets behind BOTA anti-bullying message

The Faculty of Surgical Trainers has given its backing to a campaign from BOTA, calling for an end to bullying and undermining behaviour in …


13 January 2017

FST sets out plan for development

The FST has published its strategic plan for the next five years, setting out our vision for the Faculty and all that we wish to achieve by …


System Disruptions: 21st January 2017

Due to essential systems maintenance there will be brief interruptions to some on-line services on Saturday 21st of January.

We apologise for any inconvenience caused.