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RCSEd National Student Surgical Skills Competition 2016/2017

The Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh's renowned Student Surgical Skills Competition gives aspiring surgeons in their final year of UK medical school an opportunity to practise and compete in surgical challenges against their peers from across the UK.

Having successfully run the competition since 2011, the College, in collaboration with Medtronic, hosted regional heats for the competition in 19 different locations throughout the UK in autumn 2016, when senior medical students competed to see who was a cut above the rest by learning and then demonstrating their skills such as suturing and knot-tying to laparoscopic skills tests.

The best contender from each region won a travel and accommodation package to Edinburgh to stay at the College's Ten Hill Place Hotel and to participate in the Grand Final of the competition on 18 February 2017.

Read more about the 2017 finalists here!


Regional Heats

Date of Heat
Heat Winners
Scotland (East) Dundee 17 September 2016 (morning) Alex North
Mersey Liverpool 24 September 2016 (morning) Dan Pearson
West Midlands Birmingham 24 September 2016 (morning) Zach Shellman 
Northern Ireland Belfast 28 September 2016 (evening) Conor Aldworth 
Kent, Surrey and Sussex Eastbourne 19 October 2016 Ben Jones 
London (Double Heat) London 22 October 2016 (all day) Jack Gao 
South West Peninsula Plymouth 24 October 2016 Conor Jones 
East of England Norwich 29 October 2016 Lynn Zheng 
West of Scotland Glasgow 1 November 2016 (evening) Sophia Nemer 
Oxford Oxford 4 November 2016 Eirion Slade 
Scotland (South East) Edinburgh 5 November 2016 (morning) Deep Sarode 
Wales Cardiff 12 November 2016 Charlotte Maden  
East Midlands Leicester  19 November 2016 (morning) Marina Ransome 
Scotland (North) Aberdeen 26 November 2016 (afternoon) Jonathan Strickland 
North West of England Preston 3 December 2016 Niamh Brady 
Yorkshire Leeds 10 December 2016 (morning) Alexandra Yates
North of England Newcastle  14 December 2016 Rashpal Singh Reehal


Winner of the Surgical Skills Competition 2012-2013, Jamie Clements (Queen's University Belfast)

Jamie Clements"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. 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 of RCSEd earlier in my medical training. 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."

Winner of the Surgical Skills Competition 2011-2012, Mark Mobley (University of Warwick):

Mark Mobley"The whole competition was great fun and all the staff and surgeons involved in the competition were brilliant - really welcoming and supportive. It's also been fantastic to meet the other finalists from all over the UK and share stories of how each person got into medicine. I found the final of the competition challenging and learnt a lot from it. I really enjoyed practicing on the laparoscopic station as I've never used such state-of-the-art equipment before and it was also my first opportunity to carry out tendon repair; I've witnessed it being done hundreds of times, but to actually be able to do it myself and do it well was a really rewarding experience and a great achievement for me. Winning this competition has now given me a steer in my career ambitions."

For further information about the Surgical Skills Competition email: outreach@rcsed.ac.uk

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