Training Positions

NZ – North Shore Hospital


Breast & General Surgical Fellow


First Year


124 Shakespeare Road, Takapuna, Auckland


Dr Susan Gerred


Position Description

The Breast Fellowship offers the fellow the opportunity to work in one of New Zealand’s busiest breast and general surgical services. The successful applicant will be exposed to a broad range of breast disease, benign and malignant. The unit sees 350 breast cancers per annum.

Multidisciplinary meetings for breast are twice a week, symptomatic and screening. Opportunity exists to work in the screening programme. The unit is served by 5 breast surgeons with 16 general surgeons in total. The service has links with Middlemore Hospital's Plastic Surgical Unit. Breast reconstruction is performed at North Shore Hospital, and there is ample exposure to all types of breast reconstruction (expander implant and flap). Level 2 oncoplastic procedures are performed regularly.

This fellowship is linked with an exposure to Endocrine (Thyroid/ Parathyroid/ Adrenal), melanoma,head and neck surgery, and general surgery, so is suitable to those that want to continue with general surgery.

An on-call commitment for general surgery is expected. The fellow will staff the acute theatre and take surgical admissions every fourth Friday (there are 3 other fellows in other subspecialties) with the backup of a senior colleague.

There is a service commitment to LA skin cancer. The fellow is expected to conduct ward rounds with junior staff (including advanced trainees in general surgery), and be involved with teaching of junior staff. There is ample opportunity to conduct research.


Hospital culture is one of respect and professionalism Yes
A published and accessible complaint management process Yes
Computer facilities / IT Support Yes
Private Study Areas Yes
General hospital educational activities Yes
Regular supervision, assessment, and feedback Yes
Safe hours practised Yes
Access to external education activities for Fellow Yes
Credentialed and specialist surgical staff committed to assist surgical training of BreastSurgANZ Fellow Yes


Summary Hospital Information

Breast Oncoplastic Surgery:

Yes (2 surgeons providing oncoplastic breast surgery)

Breast Reconstruction Surgery:

Yes (2 visiting plastic surgeons)

General and Other Surgery:

Yes (General surgery on call and general surgery operating ability is a requirement. Exposure to endocrine, skin & melanoma is available)

Breakdown of hours:

General surgery on call 1:5 Fridays, Clinic 0.4, Theatre 0.4, Acute theatre 0.1

Private Consulting:



Yes (Weekly diagnostic MDM, weekly BSA MDM)

Academic & Research:

Yes - A research project is expected


1 year FTE role commencing early February 2024


Full time salary equivalent to Senior Registrar salary (or greater) and minimum salary package and requirements and conditions as required by law in the Hospital jurisdiction will apply

Further Information:

WDHB has the contract for BSA, thus the fellow gets to attend BSA MDM and results clinics.

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