Lots of hands-on experience and opportunities to do procedures and see patients, did not feel like ward fodder as in a lot of jobs. Rota was fairly brutal, but did NOT have to do general surgical nights as an FY2 so big plus for that! On-calls were variable as quite often the SpR would be based in another hospital and only contactable via mobile. Sometimes extremely busy and stressful, and it was easy for the department to become understaffed if any other member of the team was off sick. It also took almost the entire 4 month rotation to get a clinical supervisor despite lots of nagging.