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Trainees’ Bulletin

The 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. RCS England is with you throughout your career.

In his introduction to our second Trainees’ Bulletin, RCS England President Neil Mortensen (@morensen_neil) highlights the impact of COVID-19 on surgical training and underscores the College’s determination to restore elective surgery and increase opportunities for training. Professor Mortensen makes it clear: we will see this out together. 

This sentiment is reiterated by our Trainees’ Bulletin Editor and ASiT President Josh Burke (@_JoshBurke_), who also draws attention to the pre-COVID issues that remain. He encourages us to:

‘continue to reflect on pre-COVID surgical training, identify the positives and ensure that they are maintained or adapted into future training frameworks.’

RCS England Trainees Bulletin September 2020 

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

Join the discussion online

How can we achieve equity in healthcare? What is the value of collaborative research? Why do surgeons do what they do? How will training look after COVID-19? Let us know your thoughts and responses to the articles on Twitter using @RCSNews #WithYouThroughout.

New issue highlights


Members of RCS England 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. If you have not received your copy please contact with your membership number and address to request a copy.

Not yet a member? By joining RCS England you will benefit from support throughout your training, including numerous research fellowships, course bursaries, and a programme of free events, webinars and networking opportunities.

  • Affiliate membership: foundation and core surgical trainees pre-MRCS can join as an affiliate member for only £15 per year. Find out more.
  • First 4: our new membership package allows UK trainees who have completed their MRCS Part B to save up to £512 in their first four years post-MRCS. Find out more.

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

Editor-in-Chief: Jonathan Glass
Editor: Kenneth Keogh
Associate Editor: Michelle Jones
Trainees’ Bulletin Editor: Josh Burke
Technology Editor: Ryan Kerstein
Production Editor: Olivia Stevenson
Editorial Officer: Victoria Ciborowska 

ISSN: 1473-6357
Online ISSN: 1478-7075

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