|Suturing to Success|
|Wednesday, 29 May 2013|
Queens University Belfast medical student wins the RCSEd Student Surgical Skills Competition 2013
Following the overwhelming success of the 2011/2012 Lister Surgical Skills Competition, the College was delighted to have been able to offer medical students across the UK, once again, the opportunity to compete in the 2012/2013 Student Surgical Skills Competition.
Over 490 senior medical students registered for this year’s competition, with 317 taking part in 19 regional heats in medical deaneries across the UK, from October to December 2012. From these regional heats, the top 20 students were shortlisted to compete in the Grand Final, which took place at the College as part of the President’s Meeting on Saturday 9 March 2013.
Explaining more about the competition, RCSEd President Mr Ian Ritchie said: “The RCSEd Student Surgical Skills Competition is a magnificent opportunity for medical students to join us at the College to showcase their surgical skills and gain valuable surgical experience they would not necessarily have received at medical school. It was fantastic to witness this generation of medical students’ vibrant enthusiasm towards surgery.”
The overall winner of this year’s competition was third-year Queen’s University Belfast medical student, Jamie Clements who, against 19 other regional finalists, demonstrated exceptional skills in surgical techniques such as knee arthroscopy, laparoscopy, anatomy and infection control. Second place was awarded to fourth-year medical student, Daniel Lin from the University of Warwick.
Commenting on the Grand Final outcome, Mr Ritchie said: “The winner, Jamie Clements, really stood out by showing certain flair and dexterity when he undertook the surgical challenges set to him. I am confident – should he choose to – he will have a very promising career as a surgeon. All the finalists of the competition were outstanding and, now that they are Affiliates of the College, we look forward to guiding and supporting these young aspiring medics where we can on their journey towards a rewarding career in surgery.”
Commenting on winning the Grand Final, Jamie said: “I can’t wait now to go to the Johnson and Johnson Surgical Training Institute in Hamburg. The experience and training I will obtain from such an opportunity is inestimable and an experience that not many people get. In terms of future career and building up my portfolio and CV, I’m certainly heading in the right direction for a career in surgery.
“I’m quite overcome by the amount of opportunities that are now available to me through this competition and affiliating with RCSEd. If I had known from the off what doors can be opened by becoming an Affiliate of RCSEd, I would have tried to become an affiliate earlier in my medical training.
“My thanks to the RCSEd Outreach Team and all those involved in organising the competition. It has been great to meet other medical students and share experiences of other medical courses at other universities. I’ve learnt so much from the experience which I will take back to Belfast with me. It’s been amazing.”
The 20 students who competed in the Grand Final were:
David Clark (Cambridge University); Han Hong Chong (Manchester University); Jamie Clements (Queen’s University Belfast); Rachael Fleming (Manchester University); William Gibson (Sheffield University); Camilla Gordon (Oxford University); Vaibhav Gupta (Nottingham University); George Holland (Peninsula College); Luke Holland (Brighton & Sussex Medical School); Tae Lee (Bristol University); Andrew Leitch (Glasgow University); Daniel Lin (Warwick University); Colin Low (Edinburgh University); Debra Moore (Dundee University); Hwei Jene Ng (Aberdeen University); Katy Pyatt (Liverpool University); Emman Qattan (Swansea University); Radford Smith (Southampton University); Christopher Taylor (Newcastle University); Ismail Vokshi (St George’s University of London).