Scottish Surgical Boot Camps



Scottish 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.

  • 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

Next Available Courses:

Sat 20th - Tues 23rd September 2014

Sat 25th - Tues 28th October 2014

There will be a third Camp in mid November if necessary

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

Course fee: £600 (incl course fee, lunches, 1 course dinner).

Optional half day outdoor pursuits £55 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 experience.
  • 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 tendon repair
  • Communication Skills for Surgeons: interpersonal, spoken and written
  • How to lead a ward round
  • Written communication that works
  • Handling and writing the evidence
  • How to get the most from your trainer


Faculty were very attentive and willing to teach.

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."

Great opportunities to reflect and direct learning.

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