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Tomorrow’s Surgeons in Bristol Today


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21 Feb 2015

Britain’s oldest surgical Royal College has just hosted on 21 February the 5th annual National Conference for Aspiring Surgeons in Bristol, which called upon the best and brightest medical students and foundation doctors 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 early last year opened its first-ever centre of operations in Birmingham to cater for the 80% of its UK membership based in England and Wales; held this exciting event in association with SCRUBS (the University of Bristol Surgical Society) at the School of Chemistry, University of Bristol. This year’s event also included educational workshops on presentation skills, research and audit, and technical skills such as suturing, knot tying and plastering techniques.

Convenor of the event 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;

“This important event is being held in Bristol once again this year and plays a key role in inspiring tomorrow’s surgeons. Those who attend will gain a valuable insight into our rewarding but competitive career, and it will be a great opportunity for bright minds to share innovation and  ideas. I’m excited to exchange views with the next generation in all areas of surgery.”

Over 25 studies by students and young doctors were grouped into specialties such as heart surgery, paediatric surgery, plastic surgery, trauma and orthopaedics, among others. New insights into conditions ranging from sprained ankles to dog bites, breast reconstruction and ovarian cancer were presented to a panel of judging surgeons for a chance to win a national prize in specific surgical categories, as well as one overall for best presentation. A local Bristol trainee even came as runner-up for his innovative research into the leading cause of back pain (herniated disc).

A number of talks throughout the day by top surgeons such as Professor James D. Hutchison, Vice President of the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh, also gave attendees a flavour of what a career in surgery is really like, and what those hoping to wield a scalpel or engage in surgical research need to do to achieve success. Prof. Hutchison, who gave out the prizes, said;

“With over 22,500 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 and we are committed to supporting and encouraging a new generation of young surgeons, making this an ideal event to foster the surgical talent of the future.”

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