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Individual Placement Description
Placement General Surgery: Colorectal Surgery
Year F1
Region East
Hospital(s) Ninewells Hospital, Dundee, Perth Royal Infirmary
Main Duties of Placement

Updating ward patient list. Attending 8am and 4pm registrar-led ward rounds. There is a registrar covering the ward each week so you need to know the patients well. The ward is a colorectal ward with a reasonable turnover of patients and a lot of discharge letters to be completed. Also responsible for organising investigations and chasing up their results. Management of acutely unwell patients on the ward. Admission of elective patients (mainly colorectal). Practical procedures e.g. IV cannulation, NG tubes etc.

Typical Work Pattern

Most weeks are 8am-5pm shifts although you usually have to come in a little early to update the list before the ward round. There is a handover from Hospital at Night. Most people do two on-call weekends in their 4 month block covering 2 wards, often wards 7 & 8 (the ASRU). 1-2 7 night sets of night shifts covering the surgical floor. 1-2 weeks covering ward 7 (the acute surgical receiving ward) instead of the colorectal ward.

Learning Opportunities

Many of the registrars are keen to do informal teaching on the ward. They occasionally provide opportunities to gain experience in practical procedures and often provide you with constructive feedback on your day to day work. In addition there is a teaching program on a Friday morning after MDT which the F1s are encouraged to attend.

  • FY1 teaching as per delivered education programme.
Unique Selling Points

Broad based experience of a variety of surgical presentations/conditions, particularly acutes and colorectal.

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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