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Welcome to the Faculty of Surgical Trainers!

The Faculty of Surgical Trainers (FST) is a Faculty that sits within The Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh, created to promote and enhance the role of the surgical trainer. We are the first of our kind in the UK and are here to support and develop surgeons in their role as surgical trainers. We want 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.

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Surgical Training - Excising the Barriers

The Faculty of Surgical Trainers (FST) is delighted to announce that the FST Annual Conference 2023 will take place on Friday 13 October 2023 at The Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh.

The conference theme Surgical Training - Excising the Barriers will focus on equality and diversity in surgical education and training, examining the effect this can have on both trainees and trainers.

The conference will highlight equality and diversity issues within surgical training, bringing into focus where these issues arise and how people have dealt with them. Find out more and view the programme here.

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• To support and nurture a diverse and inclusive community of surgical trainers.

• To define, promote and uphold the highest standards of surgical training

• To ensure the recognition of excellence in surgical training

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Excellence in surgical training is an achievable aspiration for all and membership of The Faculty of Surgical Trainers is universally recognised as a professional badge of honour. 


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System Disruptions: 19th August 2017

Due to essential systems maintenance and upgrades there will be interruptions to some on-line services on Saturday 19th of August.

We apologise for any inconvenience caused.