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RCSEd National Student Surgical Skills Competition 2016/2017

Surgical Skills Competition

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 September to December 2016, when senior medical students demonstrated 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 has 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.

The names of the finalists are listed below.

Regional Heat Winners

Heat Winners/Grand Finalists
Scotland (East) Dundee Alex North
Mersey Liverpool Dan Pearson
West Midlands Birmingham Zach Shellman
Northern Ireland Belfast Conor Aldworth
Kent, Surrey and Sussex Eastbourne Ben Jones
London (Double Heat) London Jack Gao
South West Peninsula Plymouth Connor Jones
East of England Norwich Yaolin (Lynn) Zheng
West of Scotland Glasgow Sophia Nemer
Oxford Oxford Eirion Slade 
Scotland (South East) Edinburgh Deep Sarode 
Wessex Southampton Christian Grimes
Wales Cardiff Charlotte Maden
Severn Bristol Christopher Barr
East Midlands Leicester  Marina Anne Ransome 
Scotland (North) Aberdeen Jonathan Strickland
North West of England Preston Niamh Brady 
Yorkshire Leeds Alexandra Yates
North of England Ashington Rashpal Reehal

 Watch the mannequin challenge from the Ashington heat!

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

Jamie Clements.jpg"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.jpg"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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