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Plastic Surgery

The postgraduate training curriculum for plastic surgery is available from the General Medical Council.

Entry into ST3 requires successful completion of IMRCS or equivalent at time of application as well as MBBS or equivalent medical qualification.  Trainees then typically complete six years of training from ST3 to ST8, subject to satisfactory progress.

The specialty of plastic and reconstructive surgery is that branch of surgery concerned with the restoration of normal form and function. It is a varied specialty involving adults and children and encompassing a wide range of conditions in different parts of the body. Nowadays most consultants in the UK have a particular area of special interest within plastic surgery although nearly all also take part in an on-call rota dealing with emergency admissions.  Read more on the Intercollegiate Surgical Curriculum Programme website.

  • The specialty of plastic and reconstructive surgery is that branch of surgery concerned with the restoration of normal form and function. It is a varied specialty involving adults and children and encompassing a wide range of conditions affecting different parts of the body.
  • Nowadays most consultants in the UK have a particular area of special interest within plastic surgery although nearly all also take part in an on-call rota dealing with emergency admissions.
  • One of the most interesting and fulfilling aspects of the specialty is the frequency with which plastic surgeons work with surgeons from other specialties such as general surgery, orthopaedics, otorhinolaryngology, and maxillofacial surgery. In these cases the reconstructive techniques that plastic surgeons have at their disposal are particularly useful.
  • The specialty is also closely associated with aesthetic surgery where body parts are surgically altered to bring about an improvement in appearance.

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Training Programmes

There are four mini-rotations within the overall Pan-London training scheme and these are as follows:

Programme Group 1

Chelsea & Westminster Hospital
Charing Cross Hospital
Wexham Park Hospital

Programme Group 2

Royal Free Hospital

Programme Group 3

St George’s Hospital
St Thomas’ Hospital
Queen Victoria Hospital

Programme Group 4

St Andrew’s Centre, Broomfield
Royal London Hospital

Please note that the above rotations are not set in stone and there is scope for flexibility if a trainee would like to work at one of the other units.

Last updated: 16 April 2012

Review date: 16 April 2013

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