A unique set of talks from the presidents of all surgical colleges in the UK given at the recent annual meeting of the Association of Surgeons in Training in Belfast.
Most training and assessment (including examinations) is now intercollegiate i.e. is the same for all colleges and handled by newly created intercollegiate bodies.
One wonders sometimes 'what is the point of having different colleges ?
All the British/Irish colleges are steeped in history. They were formed centuries ago, during a time that is just unrecognizable now.
Alot of good genuine inter-collegiate takes place but when one sees the real challenges facing surgery today, a lot of more is needed.
Maybe when all four colleges have women presidents, things will really change and old boy clubs and ties will be a thing of the past!