|Pulling power at Preston SurgSoc|
|Wednesday, 05 December 2012|
The Society’s Second National Undergraduate Surgical Conference attracted 100 students from across the UK
On Saturday 23 June 2012, the Preston Surgical Society held its Second Annual National Undergraduate Surgical Conference. The Society – known as Preston SurgSoc – was founded in 2009 by a group of medical students based at the Royal Preston Hospital. Throughout the year the society organises lectures and seminars as well as skills teaching for students interested in pursuing a surgical career.
The 2012 conference was organised in collaboration with Doctors Academy, an international not-for-profit organisation, and built upon the success of the first annual conference in 2011. The event was attended by 100 students from across the UK, from as far north as Edinburgh, extending to Southampton and Bristol in the south – the aim was to bring together students from across the country to network, present and celebrate the student surgical endeavour.
The day consisted of a mixture of oral and poster presentations from a plethora of surgical specialties. The judging panel for the student presentations consisted of our society patrons, Mr Jeyaram Srinivasan and Mr Rory McCloy, as well as the Royal Preston Hospital deans, Professor Mark Pugh and Dr Alexander Woywodt. Preston SurgSoc greatly appreciates the contribution of our judging panel as well as their invaluable assistance and expertise.
“The conference served as a platform for aspiring surgeons to develop professionally, exchange ideas and network with their peers, as well as gain valuable experience in presenting their work”
Preston SurgSoc would like to say a special thank-you to the Academic and Research Division of Doctors Academy, who validated the conference and guided us in short-listing the abstracts to ensure that Preston SurgSoc was able to deliver a high-quality event.
A number of coveted prizes were on offer for presenters in all the categories for presenting delegates, as well as prizes for the best suturing and laparoscopic skills. These were courtesy of OnExamination, PasTest and Oxford University Press. We greatly appreciate the contributions made by these organisations. The grand prize was provided by Doctors Academy – The Doctors Academy Research Prize for the best oral research presentation. In addition to attractive prizes, the winner was invited to present in the Doctors Academy International Medical Summer School 2013.
We were honoured to have some outstanding keynote speakers, who included Mr Mohammad Jawad, who set up the Katie Piper Foundation, talking on “Global and humanitarian surgery: The way forward”. Careers-oriented talks included “Surgical training and the use of simulation in education” by Professor Pramod Luthra, Associate Postgraduate Dean in the North Western Deanery with responsibility for specialty training in the North Western Deanery School of Surgery. “Changes in the selection to the foundation programme 2013 onwards” was delivered by Professor Paul O’Neill, Professor of Medical Education involved in the work of the UK Foundation Programme Office. Mr David Machin, Orthopaedic Registrar and BOTA President, delivered “Securing and holding on to a surgical training post – blood, sweat and beers!”
Students also enjoyed the highly interactive workshops run throughout the afternoon. A variety of exciting sessions were run, including surgical suturing and knot-tying skills by Mr Rory McCloy, laparoscopic skills courtesy of Ethicon EndoSurgery, casualty scenarios and surgically applied anatomy, both provided by Doctors Academy. In addition to this, a rather noisy orthopaedic skills workshop, courtesy of Stryker, taught students the principles of hip and knee replacements, as well as fixation of fractures with plate and screws. A very useful workshop run by ‘Fastbleep’ included a CV clinic, which was thoroughly enjoyed by all.
Preston SurgSoc was fortunate to have a number of very supportive sponsors, without whose generosity the event would not have been possible. A very special thank-you goes to all our sponsors, including The Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh and The Royal College of Surgeons of England, Ethicon EndoSurgery, Stryker, MPS and Ansell. We are also thankful to the undergraduate staff and the Royal Preston Hospital consultants for their unending support for our conference as well as the other events we run throughout the year.
We hope that the Preston SurgSoc National Undergraduate Surgical Conference of 2012 served as a platform for aspiring surgeons to develop professionally, exchange ideas and network with their peers, as well as gain valuable experience in presenting their work.
Work is already underway for Preston SurgSocs’ 2013 Conference, which we hope will be bigger and better. Keep an eye out for further announcements!