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Nearly all orthopaedic trainees have undertaken at least one fellowship to help them compete for the limited number of consultant posts, a survey of 176 senior members of the British Orthopaedic Trainees Association has found.
The survey found that 42% of respondents had completed one fellowship, 41% had completed two, and 11% had completed three or more. Only 6% had not undertaken any fellowships.
When applying for consultant posts, applicants ranked their fellowship experience as the most important aspect of their CV, over operative experience, research, and subspecialty qualifications. A third of respondents saw their fellowship as an important stepping stone to becoming a consultant.
O&T is one of the most competitive areas to land a consultant role, so perhaps additional training is required. But is this becoming more commonplace in other specialties? Is there also a problem with there simply not being enough consultant posts available?