MRCS a must for trainees

SURGICAL trainees will be required to pass the Royal College of Surgeons (MRCS) exam as part of their core training from August.

Currently MRCS is a requirement for appointment to specialty training year 3 in surgical specialties but is not an explicit exit requirement for core surgical training.

The General Medical Council has said existing core trainees will be granted an extension to their training if they fail the exam. Guidance for trainees on run-through programmes is under development.

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