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The FST Medal

25 January 2023

The FST Medal

 For Exceptional Contributions to Surgical Training


Excellent surgical trainers play an instrumental role in teaching, mentoring and inspiring the next generation of trainee surgeons. Although there are differences in approach, personality and technique among trainers, common themes exist for those that truly shine as examples of exceptional education and training. 

Remarkable surgical trainers promote patient safety, inspire and impart wisdom and skill in trainee surgeons, and instil a sense of confidence and compassion.

In order to recognise and celebrate exceptional trainers, the Faculty of Surgical Trainers have introduced an annual FST Medal, which is presented at the FST Conference or other comparable occasion.



Any surgeon can be nominated for the FST Medal. Affiliation with the Faculty of Surgical Trainers or the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh is not a pre-requisite.

The proposer must be a Fellow, Member or Associate of the Faculty of Surgical Trainers. The nomination must have a seconder who does not necessarily have to be affiliated with the FST.

Written permission must be sought from the nominee.

Nominees will be asked to submit a current CV and highlight the contribution they have made to surgical education and training.


PLEASE NOTE: Applicants may not self-nominate.

Fields to be considered

Nominees must be able to demonstrate their exceptional contribution to surgical training. Their contribution will be judged by and must be supported with evidence in any of these criteria:

- Consistent over time (years)
- Recognised - nationally and/or internationally
- Impacting on the thinking and research behind training
- Impacting positively on the delivery of service and training
- Influencing others with publications or innovation


Nominations for the 2023 medal have now closed. For more information, please email

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