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I'm currently in year 12 and I'm planning to apply for medicine next year. I just wanted to ask how much of the medical course (generally across most universities ) would require students to do surgical practicals, because I'm don't think I would be very comfortable doing those.
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Hi,

I'm currently in year 12 and I'm planning to apply for medicine next year. I just wanted to ask how much of the medical course (generally across most universities ) would require students to do surgical practicals, because I'm don't think I would be very comfortable doing those.
You will spend a significant amount of your time in medical school on various surgical placements - you will be graduating with a degree in surgery after all So you will learn about surgical conditions and presentations, but you won't be expected to know how to perform an operation. You may be required to assist at various points i.e. scrub in, hold instruments, provide a good view, etc. But no one will ask you to make incisions, suture, etc.

Similarly, as a junior doctor in the Foundation Programme you will not be responsible for performing operations. You will almost certainly take care of surgical patients on the wards and you may well have to assist in theatre at some point though.
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You will spend a significant amount of your time in medical school on various surgical placements - you will be graduating with a degree in surgery after all So you will learn about surgical conditions and presentations, but you won't be expected to know how to perform an operation. You may be required to assist at various points i.e. scrub in, hold instruments, provide a good view, etc. But no one will ask you to make incisions, suture, etc.

Similarly, as a junior doctor in the Foundation Programme you will not be responsible for performing operations. You will almost certainly take care of surgical patients on the wards and you may well have to assist in theatre at some point though.
being a surgeon is a lot of work isn't it... i can only imagine they must have some long lasting motivation
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being a surgeon is a lot of work isn't it... i can only imagine they must have some long lasting motivation
I would say this is true of all medical specialties
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You will spend a significant amount of your time in medical school on various surgical placements - you will be graduating with a degree in surgery after all So you will learn about surgical conditions and presentations, but you won't be expected to know how to perform an operation. You may be required to assist at various points i.e. scrub in, hold instruments, provide a good view, etc. But no one will ask you to make incisions, suture, etc.

Similarly, as a junior doctor in the Foundation Programme you will not be responsible for performing operations. You will almost certainly take care of surgical patients on the wards and you may well have to assist in theatre at some point though.
ah thank you, that cleared up a lot of questions I had!
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Hi,

I'm currently in year 12 and I'm planning to apply for medicine next year. I just wanted to ask how much of the medical course (generally across most universities ) would require students to do surgical practicals, because I'm don't think I would be very comfortable doing those.
Yes as above - both med school and junior doctor years will involve assisting in surgery and looking after surgical patients.

Also to add: other specialities will also have practical procedures. For example, lumbar puncture, internal jugular lines are both fairly common procedures performed by complete non-surgeons. Radiology do lots of pretty involved practical procedures. Although a lot of it (and surgery) is, frankly, less complex than it sounds!
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