|Singapore award for cardiothoracic group|
|Friday, 14 June 2013|
Representatives from the RCSEd have received an award from the President of the College of Surgeons, Singapore. The Distinguished Surgeon Award was made to Mr Pala Rajesh, Mr Tim Graham, Professor Malcolm Underwood, Mr Bob Jeffrey and Mr Richard Page in recognition of their commitment and contribution to the advancement of surgery in Singapore.
The award follows an invitation from Lee Chuen Neng, Professor of Cardiac Surgery at the National University of Singapore, to Mr Rajesh and Mr Graham to conduct an annual course based on a similar model as the annual Birmingham Review Course. In response, the team, led by the late Mr Patrick Magee, designed the Asian Specialty Update Course in Cardiothoracic Surgery.
The course is attracting increasing numbers of delegates including trainees, consultants and nurses from across Asia and the Far East, and is held in either Singapore or Hong Kong. Its content has evolved as a result of feedback with wet labs in aortic and mitral-valve surgery, and advanced VATs techniques (thymectomy and lobectomy) in live animal laboratories.
This year marks 12 years since the beginning of the collaboration between the RCSEd, the National University of Singapore, and the College of Surgeons of Hong Kong, in holding the FRCSEd (CTh) examinations annually in Singapore or Hong Kong, after the course.
The first Chest Trauma Course was held in November 2012 with the support of the Singapore Armed Forces and the National University, with faculty from the College and the Defence Professor of Surgery, Surgeon Captain Mark Midwinter.
Mr Rajesh and Mr Graham have been invited to run the courses in December 2013.