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Hello,

Can someone please explain the difference in academic st1/ st3 surgery vs clinical st1/st3 surgery?

I know in academic you have a chance to do a phd but there is less time in the clinical setting so training takes longer. What are the advantages of doing a straight clinical training surgical career specialising as a Consultant surgeon earlier? Can the consultant then partake in research activities despite doing the standard clinical training pathway?
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From what I know, many consultant surgeons partake in research whether or not they've gone through an academic surgical training route. it's almost impossible not to do so. New surgical techniques, treatments and advances are constantly being developed and introduced. clinical trials take place, new technology and surgical equipment etc. My uncle's a general surgeon and was involved in some medical ethics research some years ago - cant remember what it was about though. same goes with non-surgical physicians

i think the academic training routes gives an advantage if it's definitely a more research-based career you want to have. it gives a head start and connections, but i dont think surgeons who train in pure clinical surgery are at any real disadvantage in terms of research.
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