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Cardiothoracic Surgery, Royal Infirmary of Edinburgh

Individual Placement Description
Placement Cardiothoracic Surgery
Programme S3,S4,S5,S8
Year F2
Region South-East
Hospital(s) Royal Infirmary of Edinburgh
Main Duties of Placement

Twice daily ward rounds.

Ward-based jobs.

Opportunity to help in theatre.

Clerking new elective admissions.

Experience of working in both cardiac and thoracic surgery.

Typical Work Pattern

Three shift patterns:

  • Mon – Fri: 7.45am-4pm
  • Mon – Sun: 9am-9pm Mon/Tues, 1pm-9pm Wed/Thur/Fri, 8.30am-9pm Sat/Sun
  • Wed – Fri: 10am-6pm
Learning Opportunities

Weekly FY teaching and case presentations.

Opportunity to attend theatre and outpatient clinics.

Opportunity to improve interpretation of radiological imaging.

Experience in managing post-operative cardiac patients.

Department M&M meetings.


Monthly generic hospital FY2 teaching (3 hours).

Weekly department FY teaching.

Unique Selling Points

Opportunity to improve on radiological interpretation.

Opportunity to attend theatre if interested in surgery.

Working as part of a small team in a highly specialised area.

Opportunity to develop practical procedures such as chest drain insertion and understand cardiac surgery and managing patients in the immediate post-operative period.

Work as a part of a multiprofessional team including FY1 doctors, and ANPs.

Employer Information
It is important to note that this description is a typical example of your placement and may be subject to change.

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