As the first year finishes, the trainees are facing their first year assessments. It’s a crucial time for them as they have to show they have made real progress in the year. Those who don’t make the grade will be asked to leave the course. As well as preparing for tests the trainees have to get as much experience as possible. Nicola makes a good start by getting in to some important operations. Yvonne is desperate to move away from treating old men in urology, and eventually gets a placement in general surgery. It gives her a chance to do her first leg amputation. Trainee Nick gets to help a gardening enthusiast who chopped his toes with a lawn mower. For trainee Ed in intensive care he faces the most seriously ill patient he has ever had to treat. It’s a hard week for Ed, despite the intensive treatment she receives his patient dies. Learning how to cope with life and death is part of their training. During the final assessment and interviews, all of the trainees get a harsh grilling, but for one trainee it’s a disappointing end to the year.
Every year two thousand young doctors apply to the London School of Surgery for training to become consultants. Just over a hundred are chosen. They have barely been in an operating theatre let alone in charge of an operation, but now they are expected to operate on real patients from day one. Surgery School sees ten of these high fliers as they begin one of the most prestigious and demanding surgical training courses in the world. The series covers their first twelve months of training, a crucial period where they have to prove they have got what it takes to be a surgeon. The pressure is always on; those who do not make the grade are asked to leave the course. This is a feel good series, telling the personal stories of ten young, enthusiastic and committed people at the very start of their careers.
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