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National Foundation Trainee Surgical Societies Conference

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The Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh is proud to present its first annual conference run by and for foundation trainees. Whether you’re only just starting to consider a career in surgery, or you’re already set on becoming a surgeon and looking to strengthen your CV, this two-day online event is the perfect platform to support your surgical ambitions.



The Main conference (July 17th 09:00 – 17:00) will consist of talks and roundtable discussions from a fantastic panel of speakers, including consultants and surgical trainees. Delegates will also be able to present work via as posters and oral presentations, complete with national prizes for best abstracts.

Delegates will also be able to join an evening of pre-conference workshops (July 16th 18:00 -21:00). These smaller sessions offer a chance to join a more in-depth, interactive discussion on a specific surgical topic.

Delegates will be able to join for the main conference + one pre-conference workshop for a fee of £40, with £20 refunded on confirmation of attendance.

Those wishing to attend only the main conference will be expected to pay a fee of £30, with £20 refunded on confirmation of attendance.

Main conference talks will include:

  • Why You Should Consider a Career in Surgery - RCSEd President Professor Mike Griffin.
  • The Role of Regional Surgical Advisers and Foundation Trainee Surgical Societies - Mr Michael Silva, Director of the Regional Surgical Advisory Network, RCSEd.
  • Life as a Core Surgical Trainee - Core trainees from across the UK (roundtable)
  • How to Pick Your Surgical Speciality - Specialist registrars from across the UK (roundtable).
  • Strengthening your Surgical CV
  • Avoiding Burnout During Surgical Training - Mr Ashok Subramanian
  • Embracing Diversity in Surgery - Miss Emma Stapleton, RCSEd RSA (Manchester)
  • The Future of Surgery - Mr Richard Kerr, Chair, The Commission on the Future of Surgery (RCSEng)

Delegates will be able to choose from one workshop including:


Understanding, Managing and Working in Major Trauma 

Trauma can affect anybody at any time and will test the expertise of all surgeons irrespective of subspecialty. Despite its commonality, relatively little time is devoted to the study of the management of trauma in medical school and during foundation training. This workshop is your opportunity to familiarise yourself on how and why it occurs, the management of trauma in the UK and what the future may look like.  

A must for those considering a career in any surgical specialty (not just trauma and orthopaedics)! 

Topics covered will include: 

  • The epidemiology of trauma  
  • The role and development of trauma networks 
  • How multiple specialities collaborate to manage trauma cases 
  • Mass casualty incidents, including lessons learned from terrorist events in the UK
  • Innovation in trauma care 
  • Life and careers as a trauma surgeon

Essential Communication Skills for Surgeons

All surgeons need to be excellent communicators, which is just as important as exceptional dexterity and technical ability. It is widely accepted that training in communication is crucial to achieving good outcomes, improving performance with a goal of providing first-class care during what is often a stressful (and sometimes life-changing) period in a patient’s treatment pathway.

Using roleplays with real surgeons and patient actors, this interactive workshop will cover essential aspects of communication that you will use in everyday surgical practice (and also importantly, exam communication stations!).

Topics covered will include:

  • Joint decision making based on shared communication
  • Challenging consent scenarios
  • Breaking bad news
  • Dealing with post-operative complications


Academic Surgery

Without high quality academic research, we cannot drive surgical science forward to improve care for our patients. All surgeons benefit from undertaking research during their career, as the skills involved transfer far beyond academia. As such, every good surgeon should have a working understanding of key research methodologies. This workshop is designed to give you an insight into the academic surgical training pathway and equip you with the skills to conduct and present your own research. 


Topics covered will include: 

  • The academic surgical training pathway 
  • Life as an academic surgeon
  • ‘How to read a paper’ - talk delivered by the editor of the British Journal of Surgery 
  • How to present and promote your research 
  • A success story in Academic Surgery - Mr Peter Friend 

Presentation session - 3 applicants will get the opportunity to present a brief research proposal to an expert panel! (information provided after workshop registration, certificates provided)

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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
The Outreach Team

Phone: +44 (0)131 527 1600
Fax: +44 (0)131 557 6406

Email: outreach@rcsed.ac.uk