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A new age for undergraduate surgical teaching
  1. Ana Manzar
  1. St George’s University of London, London, UK
  1. Correspondence to Ana Manzar, St George’s University of London, London SW17 0RE, UK; anamanzar97{at}

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I read with great interest the article by Shujhat Khan,1 unpacking the reasons behind the falling surgical interest exhibited by medical students and foundation year doctors. Being a medical student myself, entering my final year of medical school, I currently find myself contemplating my own career choices by reflecting on what has appealed to me during my medical and surgical placements. I would therefore like to share some insight from my experiences, on how undergraduate surgical teaching may be improved to spark greater interest in the field, based on the views of myself and my peers.

After reading the points made by Khan on the quality of undergraduate teaching, I could resonate with the fact that surgical rotations often lack structure and support. Coming from a London-based medical school, our surgical placements consist of varied time on surgical wards, outpatient clinics and theatres. However, not only do we have a very limited time on surgical placements but also the quality of …

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  • Acknowledgements I thank Shujhat Khan, the author of the paper that I am responding to.

  • Contributors I myself (AM) am responsible for researching articles and collecting opinions from my peers and seniors while writing this letter to the editor, as well as throughout my previous clinical placements to form a supporting argument with the author I am responding to and adding suggestions of improvements from my experiences and supporting articles which I have found by searching through the literature. Haider Manzar provided additional opinions based on experience working as a foundation year 2 doctor in surgery which helped contribute towards the submission.

  • Funding The author has not declared a specific grant for this research from any funding agency in the public, commercial or not-for-profit sectors.

  • Competing interests None declared.

  • Patient consent for publication Not required.

  • Provenance and peer review Not commissioned; internally peer reviewed.