Who will be a Cut Above the Rest?
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Twenty medical students from across the UK will join the country's top surgeons at The Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh (RCSEd) for the final of a nationwide student surgical skills competition on Saturday 9 March 2013.
The 20 shortlisted medical students will travel to Edinburgh for the Grand Final of the competition, after winning their respective regional heat in their medical deanery areas. At the regional heats, the finalists qualified to compete in the Grand Final by demonstrating exceptional surgical skills at a range of surgical challenges, from suturing and knot-tying to undertaking a series of anatomical and key-hole surgical tests.
The Student Surgical Skills Competition is dovetailed by the College's President's Meeting which will see surgeons from around the globe gather at the Edinburgh College on Friday 8 March for a conference to discuss the significance of measuring and evaluating surgical outcomes, with the central focus on mechanisms to help enhance patient safety.
Explaining more about the competition, RSCEd President, Mr Ian Ritchie 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 today we are just as committed to supporting and encouraging surgical training opportunities for young aspiring surgeons.
"In its second year running, this competition has given medical students from across the UK an invaluable and rare opportunity to get 'hands-on' experience of an aspect of surgery, and a taste of what it means to be a surgeon - working under pressure for an ultimate rewarding outcome.
"This competition complements the College's Student Affiliate Network, in which medical students from the UK and across the globe affiliate with RCSEd - one of the largest and oldest surgical colleges in the world - to receive guidance and support on their journey towards a rewarding career in surgery."
Sponsored by Johnson and Johnson Medical Companies, the winner of the Grand Final will win a trip to their European Surgical Training Institute in Hamburg, where they will get the opportunity over the course of two days to experience a tailored programme based on their requirements, This will include a facility tour and practical hands-on further skills training. The runner-up will receive free Royal Society of Medicine student membership until they qualify as a doctor, as well as with all entrants, receive one year's affiliation with RCSEd.
Commenting on competing in the forthcoming final, 22-year-old medical student from the University of Manchester, Rachael Fleming said:
"I think surgical skills are often underrepresented in the undergraduate curriculum and taking part in such a competition will give me the chance to go some way to preventing that being the case in my personal education.
"Obtaining a place in the final of a competition run by such a prestigious college and demonstrating my interest and my practical suitability can only be a very good thing with regards to career prospects!
"I feel very privileged to have been invited to participate in the Final. I look forward very much to taking part, meeting the other finalists and to attempting skills I would never normally get the opportunity to practice."
While one of Rachael's competitors, 21-year-old David Clark, from the University of Cambridge, said:
"I hope reaching the Final will help my career ambitions. From what I understand, getting shortlisted for interview for surgical training requires demonstrating a basic level of technical ability so I hope this will be useful in this sense. I can only imagine it will be good fun and quite useful to advance technical skills that will be useful for any career in medicine."
The 20 students who will compete in the Grand Final are: David James Clark (University of Cambridge); Han Hong Chong, (University of Manchester); Jamie Clements (Queen's University Belfast); Rachael Fleming (University of Manchester); William Gibson (University of Sheffield); Camilla Gordon (University of Oxford); Vaibhav Gupta (University of Nottingham); George Holland (Peninsula College of Medicine and Dentistry); Luke Holland (Brighton and Sussex Medical School); Tae Lee (University of Bristol); Andrew Leitch (University of Glasgow); Daniel Lin (University of Warwick); Colin Low (University of Edinburgh); Debra Moore (University of Dundee); Hwei Jene Ng (University of Aberdeen); Katy Pyatt (University of Liverpool; Emman Qattan (Swansea University); Radford Smith (University of Southampton); Christopher Taylor (Newcastle University), and Ismail Vokshi (St George's University of London).
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