The Surgery Department carries out undergraduate and postgraduate medical teaching. Medical Students from the Norwich Medical School attend the department at various stages of their education from early years learning about a range of surgical conditions to shadowing the junior doctors just before graduating. Formal teaching sessions are provided mostly by Consultants.
Postgraduate teaching and training takes place for those who are at different stages of their career to become surgeons, general practitioners or other specialists. The duration of their posting depends upon their specific career path ranging from 3 months to 1 year. Apart from working as part of the team and providing patient care, they also receive regular teaching sessions including lectures.
These teaching sessions include a weekly Wednesday morning academic programme, monthly mortality and morbidity meetings, 6 weekly educational half day and fortnightly Thursday lunch-time surgical specialties teaching programme. The Wednesday morning academic meeting is attended by all doctors in surgery and urology & activities include a monthly Journal Club where recently published research is analysed to inform our practice, an ‘Interesting Case Review’ and ‘Current Best Practice’ sessions where recent advances are discussed. Guest lectures take place regularly, along with quarterly audit & research meetings. Mortality and Morbidity meetings help us all to learn from cases and to improve quality of patient care. The Thursday lunchtime teaching program is meant to prepare trainees for the Royal College of Surgeons Examinations.