This page is aimed at doctors in training who are pursuing a career in T&O. This includes those in their foundation years, as well as those who are engaged in a training programme, either at core level, or at specialty level.
In recent years there has been an increasing number of publications reporting the difficulties experienced by women working in surgical specialities.
Tales of pregnancy and motherhood as an orthopaedic trainee
In 2019, BOTA conducted a census of its members and found that 96% of the 590 trainees who completed the survey intended to undertake a subspecialty fellowship.
The orthopaedic training pathway is competitive. More trainees are seeking time out of programme to pursue interests, such as leadership, research or education.
The life of a surgical trainee has changed dramatically over the past decade. Despite the reduction in training hours associated with the European Working Time Directive implemented for junior doctors in 2004, the average working week has been capped at 48 hours
From August - October 2020, T&O training will need to comply with the new curriculum. This will be generally available following approval by the GMC which is expected in the near future.