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RCSEd National Student Surgical Skills Competition 2018/2019


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, will host regional heats for the competition in 19 different locations throughout the UK in autumn 2018 and January 2019, with senior medical students competing to see who is a cut above the rest by learning and then demonstrating skills such as suturing and knot-tying to laparoscopic skills tests.

The best contender from each region will win 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 16 March 2019.

Read more about the 2017 finalists here!

Register here

Regional Heats

Date of Heat
Heat Winners
KSS Eastbourne 3 October 2018 (evening)  
Wales Cardiff 6 October 2018 (morning)  
Yorkshire Leeds 10 October 2018 (evening)  
East Midlands Leicester TBC  
Oxford Oxford 26 October 2018 (afternoon)  
Northern Ireland Belfast 7 November 2018 (evening)  
East of England Norwich 24 November 2018 (morning)  
West Midlands Birmingham 24 November 2018 (morning)  
Mersey Liverpool 1 December 2018 (morning)  
North West Manchester 15 December 2018 (morning)  
London London 26 January 2019 (all day – double heat)  
Scotland (South East) Edinburgh 29 November 2018 (evening)  
South West TBC TBC  
Wessex Southampton TBC  
Scotland (North) Aberdeen TBC  
North of England Newcastle 3 December 2018 (evening)  
Severn Bristol TBC  
Scotland (East) Dundee TBC  
Scotland (West) Glasgow 2 November 2018 (afternoon)  


Winner of the Surgical Skills Competition 2016-2017, Christopher Barr (University of Bristol)

“It is really fantastic and quite unexpected for me to have won the UK-wide Surgical Skills Competition! I have always been set on a career in surgery, so taking part in this competition was something I thought would be good to have on my CV to demonstrate my commitment to a career in surgery. Overall I just really enjoyed the competition, the heats were challenging and testing, but at the same time really great fun so I’d definitely recommend to any undergraduates thinking of doing surgery as a career to do the competition, if it’s available again.”

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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