|Talking about training|
|Tuesday, 28 August 2012|
The Faculty of Surgical Trainers has been launched by the College to provide recognition and support for all those with an interest in surgical training. The Faculty has been running for the past year within Scotland as a pilot scheme. This period has been very successful. We have already attracted over 170 members to the Faculty, and our membership continues to grow.
The aim of the Faculty is to promote and maintain excellence in all aspects of surgical training. Becoming a member of the Faculty will signify that you are an enthusiastic trainer striving for best practice in surgical training. As a Faculty member you will gain access to the educational courses and materials that we are currently developing, to help you to develop your training role. We want the Faculty to act as a conduit of communication between likeminded trainers, and act as a forum to promote and disseminate quality in surgical training. In order to fulfil these aims we need the support of all enthusiastic surgical trainers. You can still join the Faculty for free at our website - www.rcsed.ac.uk/fst.
Becoming a member of the Faculty will signify that you are an enthusiastic trainer striving for best practice in surgical training.To mark the official launch of the Faculty we are holding the inaugural meeting of the Faculty of Surgical Trainers on 14 November. This meeting will focus on the achievement of excellence in surgical training and will be held in Symposium Hall at the College in Edinburgh.
We are delighted to welcome Professor Richard Reznick as our keynote speaker for this meeting. Currently Dean of the Department of Surgery at the University of Toronto, Professor Reznick will be familiar to most of us who have an interest in surgical training. He is a renowned expert in surgical education and training and has lectured all over the world. We are very grateful that he is taking time out from his busy international schedule to come to Edinburgh to support the launch of our new Faculty.
We will also be welcoming Mr David O’Regan as a speaker at this meeting. Again, Mr O’Regan needs no introduction. He is a consultant cardiothoracic surgeon, and is responsible for the creation of the Silver Scalpel Award – the annual award given by ASIT for the best surgical trainer. He is therefore in an ideal position to talk about the achievement of excellence in surgical training.
With GMC plans to approve all surgical trainers looming, we have also invited Dr Vicki Osgood to address the meeting. She is the GMC lead on the recognition and approval of trainers and will speak on how these changes may affect you as a surgical trainer.
This meeting will also provide an opportunity for us all as surgical trainers to meet and exchange ideas. We want it to act as a platform for the dissemination of the best ideas, practice and innovation in surgical training. We will shortly be issuing a call for abstracts for this meeting and are looking for abstracts on any aspect of surgical training. A selection of the best abstracts will be invited for podium presentation at the meeting and there will be a prize for the best talk.
Further information regarding the Faculty and further details of the meeting can be found on our webpages at rcsed.ac.uk/fst