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Medical Student Wins National Surgical Skills Prize

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13 Feb 2012


A medical student from the University of Warwick has won the grand final of a UK-wide surgical skills competition which was run by The Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh on Saturday 11 February 2012.

31-year-old Mark Mobley from Birmingham won the Lister Surgical Skills Competition after he competed in the Grand Final in Edinburgh against 19 other regional finalists from across the UK and demonstrated exceptional surgical skills in disciplines such as tendon repair, anatomy, cross infection and laparoscopy. Second place was awarded to fourth year student, Mudit Matanhelia from St George's University, London.

Sponsored by Johnson and Johnson Medical Companies, Mark's prize will be a two-day trip to their European Surgical Training Institute in Hamburg where he will get the opportunity to undertake further practical hands-on surgical skills training, as well as shadow and interact with delegates in a tailored programme designed to suit his needs.

The Lister Surgical Skills Competition was organised by RCSEd as part of a series of events to commemorate the life and contribution of Lord Joseph Lister, 100 years after his death. A former Fellow of the Edinburgh College, Lister became world-renowned for his groundbreaking work in the prevention of wound infection, which contributed greatly to the advancement of surgical standards and led to Lister becoming known as 'the father of modern surgery'.


Explaining more about the competition, the President of The Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh, Mr David Tolley said:

"As one of the oldest medical colleges in the world, with around 20,000 members across the UK and internationally, we are proud of our record of innovation within surgery, and it is most fitting, therefore, we held this final at the culmination of the College's Lister Centenary Celebration.

"Through our work in setting standards for surgical practice, training and examinations, we strive to achieve the best outcomes for our patients - the medical students who competed are our future surgeons and we are delighted to have been able to give them the opportunity to experience relevant skills-based challenges at this early point in their careers.  With more than 900 entrants for the competition at the outset, Mark Mobley can be justifiably proud of his outstanding achievement."

Commenting on the experience of competing and winning the final, Mark Mobley said:

"I'm very excited, it's not really sunk in yet, I'm just really pleased! 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, myself, worked as a theatre auxiliary before going to university which gave me my taste to pursue a medical career.

"I found the final of the competition challenging and learnt a lot from it. I really enjoyed practising 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. I'm quite keen to learn more about robotic surgery as I have a particular interest in minimal access surgery and medical simulations and would love to get involved with that more in the future and get some further hands-on experience. I'm really looking forward to my prize of going to the Johnson & Johnston Surgical Training Institute in Hamburg to see what cutting-edge surgical technologies are available there, as well as the opportunity to take advantage of further skills training in such a state-of-the-art facility.

"As an affiliate of The Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh now I hope the relationship will be useful for helping me to build my CV and gain access to future core training opportunities."

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