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Aspiring Surgeons Meet in Bristol

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26 Mar 2012


Over 70 medical students and foundation doctors from across the UK gathered at the University of Bristol for the National Conference for Aspiring Surgeons on 24 March.

Organised by RCSEd, Severn Deanery and the University of Bristol's Surgical Society (SCRUBS), this conference saw medical students and foundation doctors with an interest in pursuing a career in surgery gather to share oral presentations covering a range of surgical specialties, from neurosurgery and trauma and orthopaedics to paediatric surgery and urology.

The programme was spilt into four sections of oral presentations, dependant on the type of abstract being presented. Each session was judged individually, with a winner selected from each section and a best overall winner.

Explaining more, Postgraduate Dean for Severn Medical Deanery and RCSEd Regional Surgical Adviser, Professor Davinder Sandhu said:

"The Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh has a long-standing global reputation stretching back over 500 years of being at the forefront of surgical developments and is committed to supporting and encouraging surgical training opportunities for young aspiring surgeons.

"To improve patient outcomes, we need to nurture the next generation of surgeons who, hopefully, will become the leaders of our profession. To this extent I am delighted that the University of Bristol's medical students, with support from The Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh and Severn Deanery have organised this worthwhile event."

Winners in each section were given one year's free Student Affiliation with the College and a certificate. The overall winner was Miss Rasika Singh from the University of Birmingham who as well as receiving free affiliation, also received a place on Future Surgeons Key Skills to be held in Edinburgh in June and a copy of 'Surgeons' Lives' - The Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh An Anthology of College Fellows over 500 Years, edited by Iain Macintyre and Iain MacLaren.

RCSEd Vice President, Professor George Youngson and Chair of SAC in Trauma and Orthopaedics, Mr Mark Goodwin closed the meeting with a series of talks to aspire the attendees to purse a surgical career.

Congratulations to the following winners:

Free Papers/Surgical Principles

Winner: Miss Rasika Singh - 4th Year, University of Birmingham

Runner-up: Alexander Overton - 3rd Year, University of Bristol

General Surgery/ ENT & Urology

Winner: Mr Oluwadamilare Oladokun - 4th Year, University of Leeds

Runner-up: Josh Wall - 3rd Year, University of Bristol

Musculoskeletal & Plastic Surgery

Winner: Dani Piper - 3rd Year, University of Bristol

Runner-up: Benjamin Soukup - FY1 Bristol Royal Infirmary

Vascular, Cardiothoracic, Paediatrics & Neurosurgery

Winner: Mr Samed Talibi - FY1, University of Birmingham

Runner-up: Muhammad Ibrahim Azmi - 4th Year, University of Bristol

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