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Factors influencing surgery as a choice of career: results of an electronic survey of early years surgical trainees
  1. M O’Brien1,2,
  2. J Brown1,2,
  3. R Gillies2,
  4. N Shaw2,
  5. D Graham2
  1. 1
    Faculty of Health, Edge Hill University, University Hospital Aintree, Liverpool, UK
  2. 2
    Mersey Deanery, Regatta Place, Brunswick Business Park, Liverpool, UK
  1. Mary O’Brien, Evidence-based Practice Research Centre, Faculty of Health, Edge Hill University, University Hospital Aintree, Longmoor Lane, Liverpool L9 7LN, UK; obrienm{at}

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An evaluation of the surgical training rotation in Mersey Deanery in 2000 highlighted that individual trainers and departments were strong influencing factors affecting trainees’ choice of surgery as a career.1 2 Following the recent changes to postgraduate medical training brought about by Modernising Medical Careers (MMC)3 and the introduction of the European working time directive (EWTD), we sought to re-examine the influences on current trainees to pursue a career in surgery.

An anonymous electronically administered questionnaire, focusing around career intentions and factors affecting choice of surgery as a career, was made available to trainees on the Mersey Deanery early years surgical training (EYST) programme. Space was also included on the questionnaire for open …

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