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Trainees’ Bulletin

Front cover trainee BulletinThe Trainees’ Bulletin is a special edition of the Bulletin, with content curated and written by trainees, for trainees. We want to support trainees at this important stage in their career, by providing a platform for discussion and debate, raising awareness of key issues and helping facilitate change.

In his introduction to this milestone edition of the Bulletin, RCS President Derek Alderson describes how the UK workforce is at tipping point and how it is the RCS’ responsibility, among others, to attract and retain the highest calibre of surgical trainees and increase the appeal of a surgical career in order to safeguard the future of our world-class National Health Service.

We have created this issue, among other initiatives, as part of our ongoing commitment to support surgeons in training and give them a voice. It has been curated by our Trainees’ Forum Editor Josh Burke (@_JoshBurke) and ASiT and BOTA have been closely involved. Members of the RCS who are registered as trainees will have received this issue in the post, and the articles are available to all online and via our app.

Read the issue in full or check out our highlights below.

Join the discussion online

How do we achieve widespread adoption of medtech in surgery? Do we need to get better at human factors? What have your experiences been of returning to work after maternity leave? Let us know your thoughts and responses to the articles on Twitter using @RCSnews #WithYouThroughout


Trainees' Bulletin highlights


Not received your copy? This may because we have out of date data on file for you, which we would be more than happy to remedy; please contact with your membership number and address to request a copy.

Not a member? To benefit from the support of the RCS throughout your training, including numerous research fellowships, course bursaries and a programme of free events, webinars and networking opportunities, join today:

  • If you are pre-MRCS, you can join as an affiliate member for only £15
  • If you have passed the RCS, you can join or transfer from another college by completing our transfer form and submitting it to

Any questions? Call us (9am-5pm Monday-Friday) on 020 7405 3474 (option 1)

Editor-in-Chief: Neil Mortensen

Editor: David Sanders
Associate Editor: Kim Lewry
Associate Editor: Kenneth Keogh
Trainees’ Forum Editor:
Josh Burke
Technology Editor: Ryan Kerstein
Editorial Officer: Rebecca Lewinton

ISSN: 1473-6357

Online ISSN: 1478-7075

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