The updated version of the Standards for Surgical Trainers document is now available online.
As surgeons, we are all aware of how important good surgical training is to the quality and safety of the care we can deliver for the benefit of our future patients.
As trainers, we face significant challenges to maintaining the high quality of training and we must now strive to deliver training in less time and in a far more distributed environment than before.
To date, there has been no stipulation of the standard needed to become a surgical trainer. This situation differs in primary care where there is a recognised and rigorous selection and training process to be recognised as a GP trainer. It also means that GP trainers are properly recognised and remunerated for their role, whereas in surgery the training role is rarely rewarded. With this in mind, this is why the Faculty of Surgical Trainers has created and updated these standards.
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