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The Education Directorate is responsible for creating, developing and running training courses for surgeons throughout their careers across all of the surgical specialties. The College is the largest global provider of surgical training courses, offering over 80 different types of course which around 10,000 surgical participants attend each year. Our portfolio ranges from basic skills courses for students, foundation doctors and new trainees right through to consultants and senior surgeons all of whom have training needs. Our dedicated staff and 30 sessional tutors work together with many other College departments to develop and deliver provide the highest quality of courses possible, under the guidance of elected Council members who form our Education Board.

The College has been very successful in attracting funding for the development of new courses. This means that rather than competing with existing well established courses, we are able to fill in the gaps in course provision where the NHS and other providers are unable to. For example, we particularly focus on delivering courses that help trainees to prepare for the MRCS and FRCS diploma examinations.

The College is also at the forefront of technological advances with our state of the art 4th floor Education Centre including a wide variety of simulation environments. This includes purpose designed operating tables for procedural simulation using fresh frozen cadavers, a state of the art surgical and minimally invasive training suite and a fully operational operating theatre for surgeons and their theatre teams to train together. More than two thirds of our courses run at regional centres across England, and increasingly at our international partner centres around the world.

Our courses are heavily subsidised, but we recognise that trainees and established surgeons have reduced study leave budgets and we offer discounts to fellows and members of this College. This discount is also available to members of the College’s Associate Scheme. If you have an equivalent qualification to the MRCS or FRCS, you can benefit from these discounts by becoming an ad eundem fellow or member of this College, through a very straightforward process:

You will find more information about our courses and our facilities.

If you would like to speak to a member of staff about anything on the RCS Education site please contact or 0207 869 6300. We would particularly welcome any ideas you may have for new courses that you feel the College should offer.

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