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The Cutting Edge: Tomorrow’s Surgeons Gather in Bristol

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04 Mar 2014

Britain’s oldest surgical Royal College hosted in Bristol the 4th annual National Conference for Aspiring Surgeons, which called upon the best and brightest medical students from around the UK to present new ideas and share their passion on innovation, safety and quality in surgery, to help shape the future of healthcare. The Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh (www.rcsed.ac.uk) which later this month opens a Birmingham centre of operations to cater to the 80% of their UK membership who are based in England and Wales, held this exciting event in association with NHS Education South West and SCRUBS (the University of Bristol Surgical Society) at the School of Chemistry, University of Bristol.

Commenting on the success of the conference, Professor Davinder Sandhu, a consultant urological surgeon who is the University of Bristol’s Professor of Medical Education, as well as Director of the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh’s Regional Advisor Network, said;

“We are delighted to have held such an important event in Bristol once again. This annual conference plays a key role in inspiring the surgeons of tomorrow. It provides a valuable insight into the competitive and rewarding career of surgery, as well as offering a platform for bright minds to share ideas and innovation. I am always thrilled to witness hardworking students from all over the country present on cutting-edge developments and studies, shining a spotlight on the latest themes of relevance, such as robotic surgery and even the role of social media in patient safety.”

Discussions at the conference took into account the changing face of patient demographics, and the considerable challenges an ageing population and increasing rates of obesity, for example, will have on the work of a surgeon. There was also a mini-symposium advising on how medical students can break into research. Presentations, of which there were over 40 as well as seven posters, were grouped into specialties such as heart surgery, paediatric surgery, plastic surgery, trauma and orthopaedics, among others.

Patient safety as always is paramount in all themes and the conference discussed how the World Health Organisation (WHO) Surgical Safety Checklist (similar to those used by airline pilots) can significantly reduce major surgical complications. It also underscored the importance of surgeon/patient communication in treatment plans.

Prize-giving for students’ oral presentations closed the event. The awards were presented to the winners by Professor James D. Hutchison, Vice President of the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh. Prof. Hutchison said;

“With 22,000 Fellows, Members and Affiliates based in 100 countries worldwide, the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh has a long-standing global reputation of surgical excellence stretching back half a millennium. As such we are committed to supporting and encouraging the next generation of young surgeons, a mission we share with the University of Bristol, making this an ideal event to foster the surgical talent of tomorrow.”

Prize Winners:

Top prize for Trauma and Orthopaedics Oral Presentation - Sam Scotcher from Bristol Medical School with a presentation on elbow fractures in children.

Top prize for General Surgery Oral Presentation - Lloyd Evans from Cardiff Medical School - The diagnostic dial - prompting doctors to think about the differential diagnosis.

Top prize for Best Poster Thomas Lloyd – with material on hip fractures.

2nd Best Overall Oral presentation at meeting - Ilaria Pignatelli - Cardiff Medical School. Evaluating the hip fracture pathway: the patients perspective.


About The Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh

RCSEd (www.rcsed.ac.uk) was first incorporated as the Barber Surgeons of Edinburgh in 1505, and is the oldest surgical corporation in the world with a membership of over 23,000 professionals in over 100 countries worldwide. The College promotes the highest standards of surgical and dental practice through its interest in education, training and examinations, its liaison with external medical bodies and representation of the modern surgical and dental workforce. It is also home to the UK’s only Faculty of Surgical Trainers, open to all those with an interest in surgical training regardless of College affiliation. Find RCSEd on Twitter www.twitter.com/RCSEd and on Facebook www.facebook.com/rcsed

The College is based at Nicolson Street, Edinburgh, EH8 9DW and can be reached on (0)131 527 1600 or mail@rcsed.ac.uk. In March 2014, a new base opened in Birmingham, catering to the 80% of the College’s UK membership who are based in England and Wales.

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