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  • Genre:MEDICAL
  • SubGenre:Surgery / General
  • Language:English
  • Pages:120
  • eBook ISBN:9780993571718

Foundation Skills in Surgery


by Devender Mittapalli , David Bosanquet and Philip McElnay

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This book is an excellent guide to medical students and junior doctors who wish to pursue a career in surgery. It provides an overview of commonly used surgical instruments as well as describing the basic surgical skills which are integral part of surgery. It also provides a concise summary of various aspects of surgical career and more importantly it provides important tips on dealing with day to day aspects of surgical career. The book is written in simple format that can be easily digested by novices and is a must read for all who wish to pursue a career in surgery.


Basic surgical skills are essential not only for surgical trainees but also for every healthcare professional as most of them are expected to perform simple suturing at some point or the other in their career. There are plenty of books and courses, which provide guidance trainees to understand and practice these skills. However, most of them are targeted at trainees with some experience in these areas. The FSS course is designed at providing a cost effective course for very junior trainees. This book is written with a view to complement the course by enabling the reader to get grips with basics of very common general surgical skills. The book emphasises the importance of good medical recording as well as describes the basic suturing technique and minor surgical procedures. Another aspect, which is crucial but often, overlooked is interpersonal skills. We attempted to provide some guidance on how to use your interpersonal skills to your advantage and make your career a smooth journey in the theatre etiquette chapter. This book provides an excellent overview of audit and research as well guidance on how to build a surgical curriculum vitae (CV). We hope you all enjoy reading this book and wish all the best for your career in surgery.

DM, DB and PMcE; London 2016

About the author
Dev Mittapalli is the Director of Education (2015-17) for the Association of Surgeons in Training (ASiT). After graduating from Osmania Medical College (Hyderabad) in India, he moved to the United Kingdom to pursue career in Surgery. After completing Basic Surgical Training in Manchester, he worked as teaching fellow at Manor Hospital and was an Honorary Clinical Lecturer at Birmingham University. He has since been appointed as specialty registrar in General and vascular surgery at the East of Scotland deanery in 2010 and became fellow of the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh (FRCS) in 2015. Currently, he is doing a fellowship in Vascular and Endovascular surgery at Freeman hospital in Newcastle (2016). Dev has been actively involved in the establishment of the Scottish Surgical Research Group (SSRG) and was elected as the Chairman of SSRG (2013). He has a keen interest in surgical education and obtained Masters in Medical Education (MMEd) for University of Warwick (2014). He is the founder of the free online educational platform – and “The Master Surgeon charitable trust”. He is a faculty member of various courses run at the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh and the Cuschieri Skills Centre in Dundee. He has contributed to surgical literature and is the author of more than 20 articles and book chapters. He is passionate about training and ASiT philosophy of fair and quality training at an affordable cost. He is hoping that this book will be an excellent addition to the educational portfolio of ASiT.

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