The Trainees’ Committee of the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh is the main conduit for ensuring that the views of trainees are considered in all aspects of the College’s activities.
Its activity to date includes, but is not limited to:
- Deliver the opinions and priorities of the College trainee membership directly to RCSEd Council, through its elected representative.
- Work externally as RCSEd representatives with bodies such as the Academy of Medical Royal Colleges, the British Medical Association, the Association of Surgeons in Training, as well as many other organisations.
- Liaise with the RCSEd policy and public affairs team, providing trainee perspective on political consultations and interactions.
- Direct and lead strategic project work for the College’s #LetsRemoveIt Anti-Bullying and Undermining Campaign
- Participation in numerous short life working groups on topics such as flexible working and whistleblowing
- Taking forward specific initiatives on behalf of trainees, for example negotiating with HMRC for tax relief for the JCST fees and relief for the Specialty Fellowship Examination.
- Interacting with College Fellows, Members, Affiliates and students at outreach events in various regions.
- Joining faculty for College competitions and courses, such as the Student Surgical Skills Competition.
The Trainees' Committee informs the Council, through the Chairperson, on relevant education, training and examination issues from a trainee's perspective and assists with the preparation of discussion documents and publications through the College media.
The Trainees' Committee members are located across the UK and want to hear the views of the RCSEd Trainees it represents. If you would like to get in touch with the Trainees' Committee please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Current Members of RCSEd's Trainees' Committee
Mr Haroon Rehman is the Chair of the Trainees’ Committee, and its representative to College Council. Haroon is a Specialty Registrar (ST8) in Trauma & Orthopaedic Surgery based at Aberdeen Royal Infirmary where he sits on the department’s clinical governance and training committees. Haroon has a special interest in patient safety, teaching and training, and is a trainee lead for NHS Grampian. Haroon has a subspecialist interest in lower limb trauma and arthroplasty, and will start a Fellowship at Wrightington Hospital in August 2021.
Kirsty Mozolowski is an ST7 in colorectal and general surgery in the South East Scotland Deanery, having completed undergraduate and foundation training in the North East of England and Core Training in Manchester. During this time she obtained a PG Cert in surgical practice and developed an enthusiasm for surgical education. She is currently pursuing this interest out of programme as a clinical research fellow at Edinburgh Medical School where she is completing her MD in undergraduate surgical education. Kirsty wishes to build on the outstanding work done by the trainee committee to date and support them in their goals going forward. She is particularly interested in initiatives to increase recruitment and retention, including improving the undergraduate surgical experience and normalising LTFT for all trainees.
Gill Hardman is a ST8 Specialty Registrar in Cardiothoracic Surgery in the North West of England, having completed Foundation Training in Cambridge and Core Surgical Training in Yorkshire and Humber. She is currently the NHSBT Clinical Research Fellow in Cardiothoracic Transplantation at the Freeman Hospital, Newcastle, and is a PhD candidate at Newcastle University. She completed an MSc in Medical Education at the University of Manchester, with research into the teaching of Human Factors and Non-technical Skills in Postgraduate Surgical Training. She is a faculty member of the RCS NOTSS course, is an active member of the Society for Cardiothoracic Surgery (SCTS) student engagement programme and is the Cardiothoracic representative for the Herrick Society. Gill hopes to build on her experience to date, continuing the work of the committee, with a focus on the professionalisation of the trainer role, addressing bullying and incivility within our professional culture and improving the desirability of a surgical career.
Carlo Ceresa is an ST6 trainee in HPB and transplant surgery, based in the Thames Valley Deanery. He completed his undergraduate and foundation training in Edinburgh before moving to Oxford to undertake core surgical and higher specialty training. He completed a DPhil at the University of Oxford exploring the application of novel preservation strategies in liver transplantation, which was awarded in 2018. He is looking forward to working with the Trainees’ Committee where he plans to pursue his interests in surgical education and training, engaging early-years doctors in becoming surgeons and working on the importance of peri-operative care and marginal gains in surgery.
Kellie Bateman is an ST4 in General Surgery in Wales. She undertook an academic foundation programme focusing on medical education in Devon, before completing Core Surgical Training in Wales. Kellie joined the trainees committee in 2019 and is particularly interested in factors affecting recruitment and retention in surgical training. She hopes to promote trainee engagement with the college by supporting and encouraging local and national events, particularly for those early in their surgical career and across Wales.
Maria Boland is a general surgical ST5 trainee in South East Scotland. She completed her medical degree at UCL and foundation training in London and Edinburgh and Core Training in Edinburgh. Maria has always had a keen interest in teaching since medical school and has recently joined the committee to support the work they do and also to work towards improving recruitment to surgery and making it a more attractive career to medical students. She hopes to increase trainee engagement with the College and is keen to get involved in furthering the mentor scheme which has recently been set up.
Jennifer Dunn is an ST3 trauma and orthopaedics trainee currently in the Tayside rotation up in Scotland, where she lives with her husband and three year old son. I have an interest in supporting surgical trainees with dyslexia, humanitarian healthcare and medical education. I was the Dundee student link for the Christian medical fellowship for a number of years and in my spare time I enjoy writing and surfing. I am excited about being involved in the Trainees Committee and supporting and shaping the work of the College.
Jamie Nicholson is a Senior Registrar in Trauma & Orthopaedics at the Royal Infirmary of Edinburgh and Honorary Clinical Teaching Fellow for Edinburgh University. He graduated in 2011 from the University of Aberdeen with MB ChB Honours and a first class intercalated BScMedSci degree. Following completion of the Surgical Academic Foundation Programme in Aberdeen he was appointed to a training post in South East Scotland in Trauma & Orthopaedics in 2013.
Sohail Nisar is an ST6 in T&O in the Yorkshire & Humber Deanery having completed undergraduate training in the North East with a Master in Research intercalation. He is also an NIHR Academic Clinical Fellow, has recently completed a PGCert in Advanced Health Research and is working toward securing PhD funding. As an STC representative for his region he engaged with colleagues to understand the issues affecting training and conducted a region-wide audit to identify problems and then work with the TPD to resolve these. He hopes to expand some of this work nationally through his role on the committee. As an early career researcher, he is particularly interested in engaging junior colleagues, including medical students, in surgical research.
Rachael Jablonski is an ST4 in Restorative Dentistry in the Yorkshire and Humber Deanery. She is currently out of programme working towards her PhD within the area of patient rehabilitation following head and neck cancer surgery. Rachael joined the committee as the dental trainee representative in November 2019.
Noel Aruparayil is a Clinical Research Fellow and PhD student with the NIHR Global Health Research Group - Surgical Technologies, University of Leeds. His research work involves training, evaluation and implementation of laparoscopic surgery in low-resource settings. He is the current President of GASOC - a multi-speciality global surgery advocacy trainees organisation in the UK and Ireland. As an RCSEd trainee rep, Noel wants to involve trainees in the International work of the RCSEd, promote its global surgical research work and collaborate with organisations that share a similar vision. He also sits on the permanent council of the G4 Alliance who are building political priority for global surgical care. Noel speaks five languages and enjoys running, travelling and networking with people.
Karen Lindsay is an ST7 in Plastic Surgery based in Glasgow, Scotland Deanery. Karen is from NI and she undertook an intercalated degree in Healthcare Management at Imperial as part of her Medical Degree at UCL. Following university, she went on to complete the Foundation Programme in Preston and Core Training in Merseyside. Karen has taken a year out of Programme as a Scottish Clinical Leadership Fellow, working with the Scottish Government and The North of Scotland Health Boards. Karen became a Chief Resident in Plastic Surgery in Glasgow at the Canniesburn Unit and is the Social Media Editor for JPRAS, the Journal of Plastic and Reconstructive Medicine. Karen is passionate about leadership at every level of the NHS and believes coaching and mentoring are key to this; she is currently working towards the ILM Level 5 Certificate in Coaching and Mentoring to be able to better support her colleagues in maximising their potential. At the College she hopes to improve working conditions for all, to help cultivate joy in work and to further promote equality and diversity in the surgical environment.