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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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