Scottish Surgical Boot Camps



Scottish Surgical Boot Camp (formerly Highland Surgical Boot Camp) is an innovative, simulation-rich course for new Core Surgical trainees. 

AIMS: to accelerate the acquisition of key technical and non-technical skills at the start of a career in Surgery - skills formerly learned only by apprenticeship, but now better taught - and to provide an induction to a community of professional practice.

  • Recommended by the Scottish Core Surgical Training Programmes as the introductory course for CT1
  • There will still be places for FY2/ST1/CT1 applicants from other surgical programmes, and from other parts of the UK and abroad

The September and October boot camps 2015 were fully booked and highly successful.


If there is sufficient interest, we will run a 3rd boot camp this academic year, Sat 19th - Tues 22nd March 2016. Please e-mail by end of December to express interest.

Dates will be announced soon for next year's CT1s in September and October 2016.

LOCATION: Inverness Centre for Health Science (direct flights from London City, Gatwick, Luton, Manchester, Birmingham, Bristol, Belfast, Amsterdam. Sleeper train from London Euston)

Course fee: £600

Fee includes course fee, lunches, course dinner, but excludes travel and accomodation 

New Scottish CT1s should claim through their TPD

Optional half day outdoor pursuits £30 extra

  John Duncan, Consultant, teaching on the course


  • Simulation-rich methods, well-validated.
  • Hand-picked, skilled and approachable faculty, experienced in feedback.
  • State-of-the-art Skills Centre, experienced actors, porcine tissue models, video feedback.
  • Simulated PBA's will appear on your ISCP portfolio.
  • Intense programme.
  • Highland-retreat feel, including outdoor activities day, maximum 16 to a group.
  • Human factors feature throughout, drawing on RCSEd and Aberdeen University’s pioneering work.
  • Previous participants have had a paper published with group authorship.


  • Non-technical skills for surgeons
  • "From basic to intermediate surgical skills": eg bowel anastomosis and plastic skin flaps
  • Communication Skills for Surgeons: interpersonal, spoken and written
  • How to lead a ward round
  • Handling and writing the evidence
  • How to get the most from your trainer


Experienced staff, beautiful location and facilities, great fun and team spirit, overall fantastic course.

It was the most enjoyable course I’ve done.

I started a new rotation and had to lead a ward round. ... Instead of feeling stressed I was able to control the distractions using your tips.

"The simulations felt so real, I could be myself. I didn't have to act."

“The enthusiasm, humour and hard work of faculty was infectious.”

"The bootcamp was excellent. It was well measured in the combination of technical and non-technical skills. ... The anastamosis sessions were excellent - the repetition is not readily available in clinical practice."

"I genuinely feel more capable and comfortable in my job since bootcamp."

Scottish Surgical Boot Camps, Clinical Skills Centre, Centre for Health Science, Inverness, IV2 3JH.      Email:
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