Completion of medical school training is a milestone in every doctor’s career which represents a starting point from which the next phase of medical training begins. Traditionally, this phase starts with the trainee as a houseman, then a medical officer and onwards to go through further training if desired. For those who are surgically inclined, one would apply for Basic Surgical Training (BST) and then after completion of MRCS part 1, go on to Advanced Surgical Training (AST). The total time commitment for BST and AST average 6 years. This system, however, is gradually phased out.
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