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Individual Placement Description
Placement General Surgery
Year F1
Region North
Hospital(s) Aberdeen Royal Infirmary
Main Duties of Placement

The post in general surgery offers excellent experience in the care of elective and emergency surgical patients.

This is a tertiary referral centre for General Surgery within a large teaching hospital.

The elective workload involves the broad spectrum of general surgery, gastrointestinal oncological surgery, benign colorectal and bariatric surgery. There is a high volume of laparoscopic surgery with an enhanced recovery programme in place.

There is exposure to critically ill patients in the two surgical high dependency units.

Main duties include ward care pre- and post-operative, emergency patient care, attending MDT and morbidity and mortality meetings and student supervision.

Typical Work Pattern

Full shift.

Learning Opportunities

Weekly MDT and morbidity & mortality meetings.

Journal club.

FY teaching programme.


Weekly FY teaching programme.

Unique Selling Points

Busy unit with good teamwork and exposure to complete range of major general surgical care.

High level of support from ward clerks, physician assistants and phlebotomists, therefore enhancing learning opportunities to manage patients under guidance from senior medical staff.

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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