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University of Surrey Professor receives RCSEd Honour

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25 Sep 2013

L-R Prof Graham Layer, Prof Christopher Fry, RCSEd President Mr Ian RItchie

The Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh (RCSEd) has recognised the achievements of a professor from the University of Surrey at a diploma ceremony that was held at the 500-year-old Edinburgh College on Friday 6 September 2013.

Professor of Physiology and Director of the Institute of Biosciences and Medicine in the Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences at the University of Surrey, Professor Christopher Fry was awarded the Fellowship ad hominem in recognition of the contribution he has made in the advancement of surgical education and training.

As well as his role at University of Surrey, Professor Fry is also Honorary Professor of Cardiac Electrophysiology at Imperial College, London.

Explaining more about Professor Fry’s nomination to receive the Fellowship ad hominem, the RCSEd’s Honorary Secretary, Professor Graham Layer in his citation which was read out the ceremony said:

“Professor Fry has been an ardent supporter of surgical training for much of his professional career.  He is known to generations of surgical trainees as an effective supervisor of masterships and doctorates in clinical physiology as applied to surgery, and as a pure scientist he is highly respected for his investigative work on the physiology of specialised muscle.

“For twelve years he has tirelessly examined the physiology section of the MRCS examination which for the last nine years has been the Intercollegiate MRCS. He both examines surgical trainees and advises in the physiology components of the intercollegiate MRCS and is a member of the examination-setting board that develops suitable MCQ and OSCE questions for the Colleges’ examinations.

“He has also been commissioning and reviewing editor (2007-2011) for the journal Surgery which is a publication aimed at the surgical trainee, and at present he is working with the Kent, Surrey and Sussex Deanery to develop an MSc course in Surgical Leadership and Professionalism, again aimed at trainees to develop their skills to equip them to progress surgery within our contemporary healthcare system.

“I commend him as a worthy recipient of a Fellowship ad hominem of this historic College in recognition of his noteworthy and distinguished lifetime contribution to the practice of surgery through surgical training, clinical translational research and supervision of our Members and Fellows.”

President of The Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh, Mr Ian Ritchie added:

“RCSEd has a long history of innovation and advancement and Professor Fry’s contribution exemplifies this quality. I take great pleasure in presenting him with the Fellowship ad hominem to mark his outstanding contributions to surgical education, training and surgical advancement.”

Established in 1505, and with a worldwide membership, The Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh is one of the world’s oldest and largest surgical establishments dedicated to the pursuit of excellence and advancement in surgical and dental practice, through its activities in education, training and examinations.

At the diploma ceremony, Professor Fry was joined by surgeons from around the globe who travelled to Edinburgh to receive Fellowship and Membership diplomas in recognition of their success in achieving the required standards of the rigorous surgical examinations.

Commenting on receiving the Fellowship ad hominem from the College, Professor Fry said:

"I am deeply honoured to be granted this fellowship.  I have a deep commitment to surgical training through research supervision, preparation for membership examinations and promoting a central role for an understanding of physiological principles. This has been rewarded by seeing so many trainees themselves follow distinguished careers in various surgical disciplines, and by maintaining the process of continuous enquiry through example and research."

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