|Friday, 01 October 2010|
Twelve years after first becoming an RCSEd Member, Regional Surgical Adviser Jeyaram Srinivasan explains how his association with the College has improved with age
‘This event changed my association with the College in a very positive and significant way; it made me aware of the enthusiasm for supporting its membership’I became a Member of the College in 1998 and since then it has been routine to receive the College diary in October of each year. At the time of joining, the only other item I received from the College was its journal. Being in a tertiary surgical specialty, I only read the articles related to my own specialty – hence, the fact was that the only useful thing I received from the College was, in effect, the diary. For the amount I paid each year for my Membership fee, I used to describe the diary as being a very expensive one!
Soon after being appointed as a consultant in 2004, I received an invite to attend the first New Consultants Induction Course at the College. Imagine my pleasant surprise when I was told that the Course, including the accommodation, was free to Members! After paying fees in various guises – membership fees, examination fees, convocation fees, and others – for many years, it was a very pleasant surprise. What made this even more enjoyable was that the course was very good.
This event also changed my association with the College in a very positive and significant way; it made me aware of the College’s enthusiasm for supporting its membership. I was keen to bring useful training courses to my hospital – and the College offered very useful courses, mostly run at the College or within Scotland.
I persevered with efforts to bring the Training the Trainers course to Preston – a course that, up to that point, was held mainly in Edinburgh. I received plenty of support from David Pitts and Ian Ritchie, the main Course Convenors, and the College decided to ‘try it’ in 2007. The model has proven so successful that the College has committed to running the Training the Trainers course twice in Preston from 2010 in addition to the two courses in Edinburgh – increasing the number of places for this popular course.
I was appointed a Regional Surgical Advisor for north west England in 2008, and when medical students from Manchester tried to organise a summer camp in August 2009, I helped to link them with the College’s Outreach Section. The College went on to support an Audit Symposium in Manchester and has pledged its encouragement for more events organised by medical students, such as the International Medical Summer School held in Manchester in August and the Scalpel Undergraduate Surgical Conference in October.
For the last few years, my College diary has always had a few dates pencilled-in for College duties (e.g. Training the Trainer dates, Regional Surgical Advisor meetings, and more). I don’t consider it an expensive diary anymore – but a token of my association with my College.
What’s the lesson? If you want to get the best out of your College, put in your best effort to link with the College’s activities and get involved.
Jeyaram Srinivasan, Consultant Plastic Surgeon, Royal Preston Hospital