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Competition Details | RCSEd & Medtronic National Student Surgical Skills Competition 2019/2020

Key Facts

  • When is this event held?
    Sep 2019 - early 2020
  • Where is this event held?
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  • How much will this event cost?
    £0.00 There is no charge to attend
  • Can I book online?
    Contact our Outreach Section to enquire about future event dates.
  • Course/Event group: Surgical Course | See more Surgical Courses

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RCSEd & Medtronic National Student Surgical Skills Competition 2019/2020

Think you have what it takes to be a surgeon? Put yourself to the test and sign up now for RCSEd & Medtronic National Student Surgical Skills Competition 2019/2020.

About the Competition

RCSEd & Medtronic National Student Surgical Skills Competition 2019/2020 offers tomorrow's surgeons the chance to hone their skills by competing against their peers from across the UK. The aim of the contest is to give final year medical students the opportunity to demonstrate their commitment and skills through a series of surgical tasks. We welcome students with no prior surgical experience. The competition also aims to promote the benefits of choosing a career in surgery and to help give future surgeons the confidence to forge their own path in medicine.


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How to Register

Register now via your College account for RCSEd & Medtronic National Student Surgical Skills Competition 2019/2020.

If you have any questions please email us at outreach@rcsed.ac.uk.

Competition Benefits

Affiliate Benefits

Across 20 Heats

The competition, which has been running since 2011, is spread across 20 regional heats where contestants must demonstrate their competencies in surgical techniques like knot tying, suturing and laparoscopy using the latest state-of-the-art surgical equipment.

To enter you must select a heat from the selection list and register your details. If the heat is not available, this means that the heat has not gone live. You are only able to register for a single heat that is in your local area.

Location Specific Details

Medical Schools
  • St Georges University of London
  • Barts and the London School of Medicine and Dentistry
  • Kings College London
  • Imperial College London
  • University College London
Royal Society of Medicine, 1 Wimpole St, Marylebone, London
Saturday 25 January 2020
South West
  • University of Exeter
  • University of Plymouth
  • University of Bristol
South Bristol Academy Bristol Royal Infirmary
Thursday 23 January 2020
  • University of Sheffield
  • Hull York Medical School
  • University of Leeds
Trust HQ & Education Centre, Pinderfields Hospital, Wakefield
Saturday 7 December 2019
Kent, Surrey & Sussex
  • Brighton & Sussex Medical School
Eastbourne District General Hospital, Kings Dr, Eastbourne
Tuesday 3 December 2019
East Midlands
  • University of Leicester
  • University of Nottingham
Robert Kilpatrick Clinical Sciences Building, Leicester Royal Infirmary
Saturday 30 November 2019
  • Oxford University
West Midlands
  • Keele University
  • University of Warwick
  • University of Birmingham 
RCSEd Birmingham, Colmore Row, Birmingham
Saturday 18 January 2020
  • University of Southampton
Heartbeat Centre, Southampton General Hospital
Wednesday 20 November 2019
East of England
  • Cambridge University
  • University of Norwich
Norwich Medical School
Saturday 11 January 2020
  • University of Liverpool
Broadgreen Hospital Liverpool
Saturday 26 October 2019
North of England
  • Newcastle University
The CRB Education Centre, Royal Victoria Infirmary (RVI), Newcastle upon Tyne
 Wednesday 4 December 2019
North West
  • The University of Manchester
  • Lancaster University
  • University of Central Lancashire
Royal Preston Hospital
Saturday 23 November 2019
Medical Schools
South East Scotland
  • University of Edinburgh
Quincentenary  Building, The Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh
Saturday 12 October 2019
West Scotland
  • Glasgow University
Teaching & learning, Queen Elizabeth University Hospital, 1345 Govan Rd, Glasgow
Thursday 16 January 2020
East Scotland
  • Dundee University
North Scotland
  • University of Aberdeen
Medical Schools
  • Cardiff University
  • Swansea University
Cardiff University Hospital
Saturday 23 November 2019
Northern Ireland
Medical Schools
Northern Ireland
  • Queen's University Belfast
Royal Victoria Hospital Belfast
Thursday 14 November 2019

Grand Final

The Grand Final takes place in Edinburgh on 14 March 2020, with all those taking part receiving complementary hospitality at the College's Ten Hill Place Hotel. The Winner receives a two-year Affiliated Membership of the College as well as a trophy recognising their achievement.

The Grand Final Prize includes a 'Medtronic Experience' supplied by our competition sponsor, which will offer the winning student an incredible opportunity to gain hands on experience with the latest surgical equipment.  

26 October 2019

Congratulations to Gaurav Rattan Vashisht, winner of the Mersey heat and representing the University of Liverpool in RCSEd & Medtronic National Surgical Skills Competition 2019/20! Congratulations also go out to runner up Conor Carroll.

14 October 2019


Congratulations to Andrew Clelland who is our first heat winner representing South East Scotland in RCSEd & Medtronic National Surgical Skills Competition 2019/20! Congratulations also go out to our first South East Scotland heat runner up Dilini Fernando.

The College would like to thank all RCSEd faculty and students from The University of Edinburgh for being part of our exciting competition.


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Get in touch

If you have any questions about this event, please contact us and a member of our Education team will be happy to help you.

The Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh

Phone: 0131 527 1600
Fax: 0131 557 6406

Email: outreach@rcsed.ac.uk