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Awards and Medals


The Dundas Medal

The medal is in commemoration of Dr Charles Robert (Bertie) Dundas FFARCS FRCP Glasgow. Dr Dundas was a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Surgery (Anaesthetics) in Aberdeen and honorary consultant anaesthetist from 1975 to 1995. He died in 2014 from biliary carcinoma. He was never offered palliative care whilst he was ill and spent his last months waiting for chemotherapy whilst enduring a poor quality of life. His widow Dr Valerie Dundas made a donation to PATCH (Palliation and The Caring Hospital) to improve the provision of palliative care in hospital.

In recognition of Bertie’s lifelong enthusiasm for teaching, research and innovation, an annual award to recognise efforts to improve the provision of palliative care for patients when they are in hospital is fitting. The award is open to individuals or teams [medical, nursing or paramedical] working in any hospital in the UK. It is not essential that the applicant should be an FRCSEd. 

Closing date for applications: TBC


The Syme Medal

James Syme (1799-1870) was a leading surgeon of his day and an enthusiastic teacher and surgical innovator. He was also the mentor of Joseph Lister. The Syme Medal is a prestigious mark of excellence awarded by the College to a Fellow or Member of the College in good standing, on the basis of a recently submitted thesis (MD or PhD), or published body of research, or educational development. Research should have been published in high quality peer reviewed journals. Consideration will be given to the impact of the work on future research or clinical practice. The Medal is to be awarded to surgeons in training or recently appointed consultants and is distinct from the King James IV Professorship.

Closing date for applications: TBC

For further information contact Cathy McCartney: c.mccartney@rcsed.ac.uk or +44 131 527 1618


King James IV Professorship

King James IV of Scotland, who confirmed this College's Seal of Cause on 13 October 1506, had an interest in all matters scientific, including medicine and surgery, and was particularly proud of his skill as a dental surgeon, adopting the somewhat unusual practise of paying patients on whom he operated.

To mark the Millennium, The Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh, with the Faculty of Dental Surgery, proposed the establishment of lectureships to be awarded annually by the College in open competition to practitioners of surgery or dental surgery who have made a significant contribution to the clinical and/or scientific basis of surgery. Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II gave permission for the College to use the title King James IV Professorship.

Up to five Professorships may be awarded annually - two to Dental Fellows and three to Surgical Fellows of the College. The courtesy title of Professor will be accorded to King James IV Lecturers for the duration of the College year in which their lecture is delivered.

Closing date for applications: TBC

Past recipients of the King James IV Professorship


Sushruta Guha Professorship in Plastic Surgery and Wound Healing

The Sushruta-Guha Lecture was established in 2012, in collaboration with Professor Somes Guha, BAPRAS and the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh. The Sushruta Guha Professorship has been established to recognise a distinguished scholar in Plastic Surgery and Wound Healing. The scholastic work is presented at a summer meeting of the BAPRAS.

Past Sushruta-Guha Awardees

Year

Name

Title of Lecture

2012

David Herndon

The Molecular response of white blood cells, muscle and fat to massive burn, insights into the host response to injury and sepsis

2013 

S Milner 

The 90% burn: lessons learned 

2014

G Burget 

Three artistic principles for reconstruction of the nose 

2015

D A McGrouther 

Mechanotransduction 

2016

R Sabapathy 

Pushing the boundaries in limb salvage following trauma 

2017

B Pomohac

Facial restoration by transplantation


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