Education and training

The centre provides excellent opportunities for training and postgraduate education, including the supervision of researchers and    clinical academics to undertake higher degrees and fellowships. Key aims are to:

  • Develop future leaders (clinical academics) and future surgeons (academic clinicians) to lead and participate in                    surgical trials.
  • To inspire undergraduates to consider a career in academic surgery.

The centre engenders a multi-disciplinary working environment where people are encouraged to explore their                             learning needs, share  ideas and support others and to fulfil their potential at all stages of their career.   

The centre is training surgeons of the future as independent researchers through:

  • Collaboration with the Surgical Intervention Trials Unit (SITU) in Oxford to run a trials methodology training                  programme for Surgical Trainees – BOSTiC: Training in Research Methods for Surgical Trainees
  • External student-selected component (eSSC) for medical undergraduate students – SSC in Surgical Research (previously  named The John Farndon Undergraduate Surgical Training Programme in Surgical Innovation and Evaluation)
  • Working with the trainee-research collaborative SPARCS to design trials, audits and research projects.
  • Postgraduate education – the Centre supervises and hosts a number of clinical and non-clinical academics as well as several NIHR PhD fellows and other surgical MD and PhD students working on a variety of projects relevant to trials in surgery. Current PhD posts can be found here.

Established, highly successful training and development short courses relevant to surgical trials are also available within the Bristol Medical School where the Centre is based.

For all queries, expressions of interest or to register for a course please contact us at

Over the next decade the Bristol Centre for Surgical Research, working with other centres, surgeons and scientists, will establish evidence and train a new generation of surgeons who understand and participate in randomised trials.

Marcus Jepson
BOSTiC 2018
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