|From valley to coast|
|Friday, 23 November 2012|
As part of RCSEd’s commitment to surgical advancement and training, the College recently hosted educational events in Cardiff and Liverpool
Third RCSEd All Wales Medical Student Surgical Research Symposium
On 12 October, Cardiff and Swansea medical students gathered for another hugely successful Student Surgical Research Symposium in Cowbridge. The event was attended by over 130 medical students, faculty and guests from RCSEd, Cardiff and Swansea medical schools, Welsh government bodies and sponsors.
The day commenced with the Welsh heat of the RCSEd Student Surgical Skills Competition in the WIMAT Centre, Cardiff, with Emman Qattan from Swansea University emerging as the winner to represent Wales in the UK final next March. The afternoon’s Research Symposium consisted of 10 oral presentations followed by judging of the 56 poster presentations. Agamemnon Pericleous (oral) and Aoife Owens (poster) were announced as winners in their respective categories.
The Wales Symposium continues to grow in both backing and reputation and provides a fantastic opportunity for students to showcase their research in areas of interest, often outside the remit of course curriculum, providing insight into important issues and advancements in the surgical field. Feedback from the event has been extremely encouraging and students are looking forward in anticipation to next year’s symposium.
Mersey Research/Audit Symposium for Medical Students
The following week, RCSEd was in Liverpool to host the Mersey Research / Audit Symposium for medical students, as well as an RCSEd Regional Forum and the Mersey Heat of the Student Surgical Skills Competition.
The Mersey Heat of the Student Surgical Skills Competition was won by University of Liverpool student, Katy Pyatt. Commenting on the competition, RCSEd Regional Surgical Adviser, Venkat Srinivasan said: “Judging by the enthusiasm shown by the participants, I have no doubt that this event has become hugely popular amongst the medical students.”
The Research/Audit Symposium followed, with a healthy interest shown from senior medical students and a high standard of oral presentations. RCSEd Regional Surgical Adviser, Azher Siddiq commented; “Judges were left very impressed by the confidence and maturity displayed by presenters, as well as their ability to field questions.” The winner of the oral presentations was Matthew Fok and the runner-up was Christopher Cowan. The winner of the poster competition was Lucy Homer and the runner-up was Sarus Jain.
Later that day, RCSEd President Mr David Tolley hosted the Mersey Regional Forum, allowing an opportunity for discussion on the current and future challenges faced by surgeons. This was followed by breakout sessions covering revalidation, training and service, and a Q&A session. There was also a parallel session for aspiring surgeons covering current changes to the MRCS examination.
Commenting on the success of the Mersey events, RCSEd Council Member, Elaine Griffiths said: “It was great to see so many of the students from the skills competition and the audit symposium stay to hear the President deliver the keynote address. At the Revalidation breakout session I was impressed at the breath of discussion which encompassed the wide views of our membership. I encourage all Members and Fellows to visit the College’s Revalidation pages of the RCSEd website to find the latest information on the progress of the revalidation rollout.” l
With thanks to contributors: James McGregor, student at Swansea College of Medicine; RSA (Wales) Steven Backhouse; RSA (Mersey) Azher Siddiq; RSA (Mersey) Venkat Srinivasan; Council Member, Elaine Griffiths