The essential criterion the would-be surgeon must possess, is, I believe, a genuine interest: it is very hard work and it can be a long road. Usually, it is interesting and mostly very rewarding but occasionally can be disappointing. During the F2 year, the budding surgeon will apply for Core Training for which there are about 90 places in Northern Ireland. The two Core Training years (CT1 and CT2), entail rotating through various specialities. During this time the trainee should complete an audit project and acquire the MRCS exam. They also will attend various courses such as the ATLS, and CRISP.