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Streamline training is essential for surgeons to ensure basic standards are met within European working time directive (EWTD). ‘On-Call’ duties remain an integral part of surgical training in addition to serviceprovision. This pilot study investigates pattern of work activities amongst surgical trainees in a district hospital serving a population of approximately 300 000.Proformas wereprospectively completed by on-call foundation year-1 (FY1) doctors and Resident Surgical officers (RSO) for 28 consecutive days in November 2008. Information relating their activities was tabulated and compared.30/76 (39.5%) and 30/56 (53.6%) completed forms were returned for FY1 and RSO respectively.Thepreliminary data suggests that night doctors tend to engage in more administrative tasks. Both day and night doctors receive goodproportion of training opportunities; however, theatre exposure can be improved further for RSO.