Teaching and Learning

Regional Training Days

The School of Surgery arrange a number of RTDs over the year. Please note your trust may require you to provide up to six weeks notice, so please ensure you check this locally. Each trainee is expected to attend a minimum of six teaching days in the academic year before ARCP.

Regional training days should be booked through the School of Surgery and can be found on the KSS events calendar webpage

To attend, you should book study leave with your trust according to their notice period, usually a minimum of six weeks. If you are unable to attend, you must give your school a valid reason for non-attendance. This may include:

  • your trust being unable to release you from service (if this recurs, please contact your school)
  • pre booked leave (although you shouldn’t make a habit of this)
  • illness/bereavement/special leave
  • exams
  • being on call (days/nights)

Your attendance or non-attendance at each event will be noted and made available to the ARCP panel. The reasons above will be taken into account by the panel, providing they are valid.

It is mandatory for all trainees to attend at least six teaching sessions prior to ARCP’s.  This may include four of the seven specialty-specific teaching sessions, two anatomy teaching sessions, one Simulation Day and one Leadership Teaching Day. In addition to attending six teaching events you must also attend the mandatory Prize day. If you fail to attend the required number of teaching days, your ARCP outcome will be affected.

Surgical Studies MSc

Brighton and Sussex Medical School welcome KSS Registrars to apply for the Surgical Studies MSc. This course is designed to provide and prepare surgeons for advanced posts and practice. It is modular with six one-week teaching blocks.

The course is not designed to duplicate the preparation for the Royal College exams; instead it will cover topics not routinely covered by standard training or included in mainstream textbooks. The emphasis is on acquiring knowledge and skills which will prepare students for advanced practice in surgery.

Key areas of study

Three clinical modules:

  • Principles and practice of simulation in surgery
  • Advanced professional issues in surgery
  • Perioperative care in surgery

Three professional modules:

  • Research methods and critical appraisal
  • Leadership and change management in clinical services
  • Communication, learning and teaching in health and social care


  • A research-based dissertation.

The course is led by Anouk va der Avoirt and for more information and to apply, please visit the Surgical Studies MSc webpage.

Other teaching and learning

Each Trust (and sub-specialities within that Trust) has its own teaching programme which may involve bedside teaching, teaching at MDTs, seminars and journal clubs. You should use all the teaching opportunities available to you.