|Outcomes under the spotlight|
|Wednesday, 05 December 2012|
RCSEd’s President’s Meeting for 2013 will explore key aspects of a topic that has gained increased significance with the launch of Revalidation
‘Surgical Outcomes’ will be the topic for the next The Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh President’s Meeting, to be held on Friday 8 March 2013.
Run in collaboration with all the Specialty Associations, the meeting will be dovetailed with the Annual Audit Symposium, which will be held alongside Specialty Outcomes Workshops organised by the Associations.
This is a particularly apposite time to hold a conference on outcomes, given the central role they will play in revalidation in the future. Surgeons must now be prepared to examine their outcomes, and it is important to understand how outcomes data can be used to best effect.
Co-Conveners for the event, Professor Robert Steele and Professor Rowan Parks, said: “The meeting will provide a comprehensive overview of the key issues surrounding surgical outcomes. We shall be exploring why variation occurs, how to measure it, how to optimise surgical care and how to manage under-performance.
“This will be of interest to all surgeons in all specialty groups and will provide an opportunity to debate specialty specific issues. The day promises to be lively and interactive with plenty of controversy.”
The plenary sessions will deal with generic issues related to surgical outcomes and we are fortunate to have a number of very distinguished external speakers. Dr John Birkmeyer from the University of Michigan will deliver the Lister Legacy Lecture in which he will explore variation in surgical.
Other topics to be covered include measurement of surgical outcomes, the reliability of routine collected data, strategies for improving surgical care and the debate over centralisation of high risk surgical services.
Given the importance of audit in improving surgical outcomes, it is highly appropriate that the trainees’ audit symposium will be running in parallel with the specialty sessions and, of course, all trainees will have the opportunity to attend the plenary sessions. The Surgeon-in-Training Medal for best presentation in the Audit Symposium will be presented at the end of the meeting and it should be noted that there is a new “Lister Legacy” prize for the best poster relating to the work of Lord Lister.
On Saturday 9 March, the College will host the Grand Final of its Annual Surgical Skills Competition for undergraduates. Rugby enthusiasts should note that Scotland will be playing Wales at Murrayfield on this Saturday afternoon!
Finally, the College would like to express its thanks to Johnson & Johnson for supporting the Lister Legacy Lecture and the Lister Legacy Prize, and for their continued support in the Surgical Skills Competition.