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We aim to provide exposure to as many surgical specialties as possible during the clinical course.

General surgical teaching is delivered in years 4 and 6 of the clinical course as shown below. 

Year 4

  • Students will attend the Patient Doctor II course during September.  During this time, some will be allocated to surgical specialties
  • Six weeks between January and June which is split into a three week and two week attachment covering two specialties and one week on SEU
  • Six weeks to be spent at one of the District General Hospitals, split between Medicine and Surgery

Year 6

  • The five-week surgical block allows students three weeks on one specialty followed by two weeks on a different firm
  • As in year 4, six weeks at a DGH split between Medicine and Surgery 

These attachments are carefully planned to ensure that students are exposed to as many specialties during the three year course as possible. Before joining Year 6, you will be asked to specify your firm preferences.

The Teaching Lead for each of the specialties is shown below along with Consultant colleagues :- 


Asha Adwani, Gael Maclean, Toral Gathani, Dennis Remoundos, PG Roy


Stephen Boyce, Oliver Jones, Chris Cunningham, Bruce George,  Ian Lindsey, Mark Bignell


Radu Mihai, Greg Sadler, Isabel Quiroga


Srikanth Reddy, Zahir Soonawalla, Peter Friend, Michael Silva,


Bruno Sgromo, Richard Gillies, Bob Marshall, Nick Maynard


Peter Kalu, Greg Thomas, Tim Goodacre, David Coleman, Steven Wall, Henk Giele, Oliver Cassell, Andy Pay, Paul Critchley, David Johnson, Jeremy Birch, Lucy Cogswell, Titus Adams, Alex Ramsden, Matthew Potter, Sinclair Gore, Niki Petrie, Sarah Tucker, Marc Swan, Michael Lamyman, Sara Atkins, Sally Jay


James Gilbert, Peter Friend, Sanjay Sinha, Isabel Quiroga, Rutger Ploeg, Srikanth Reddy, Georgios Vrakas, Simon Knight


Simon Brewster, David Cranston, Jeremy Crew, Freddie Hamdy, Jeremy Noble, John Reynard, Mark Sullivan, Heidi Tempest, Ben Turney, Guy Webster, Richard Bryant, Tom Leslie, Richard Bell, Alastair Lamb, Robert Ritchie, Naomi Neal


Dominic PJ Howard, Chris Darby, Ashok Handa, Tim Magee, Patrick Lintott, Jeremy Perkins, Ed Sideso, Andrew Northeast, Emma Wilton


Kim Gorissen, Jeff Gilmour, Giles Bond-Smith, Chris Lewis



Nuffield Department of Surgical Sciences, patient safety

Peter McCulloch