48th Viking Surgeons Association: Virtual Annual Conference

Hosted by Faculty of Remote, Rural and Humanitarian Healthcare (FRRHH)

9th September 2021

RCSEd’s Faculty of Remote, Rural and Humanitarian Healthcare (FRRHH) are pleased to present the 48th Viking Surgeons Association (VSA): Virtual Annual Conference.

The VSA Conference is an opportunity for remote and rural surgeons to meet annually to address issues, discuss mutual experiences, share best practice, and support one another in this challenging yet exhilarating area of surgery. This virtual conference is set to be an informative day with a panel of highly acclaimed speakers including RCSEd President, Professor Michael Griffin OBE.

This programme will consist of four major sessions led by experts within the field of remote and rural surgery with an opportunity for Q&As. Whether you're a student, a trainee, or a general surgeon there are great lessons to be learned to improve the standard of rural healthcare for patients and to support practitioners with a range of topics from Sustainability of Rural Surgical Services in Scotland to Training for Rural Surgery in Zambia.

Download the full programme here.

The Viking Surgeons Association is comprised of a group of surgeons predominantly based in the Highlands and Islands of Scotland and various remote and rural communities in countries in the North Atlantic area. The association provides an opportunity for surgeons to address and discuss challenges, share best practice, and receive support within the field of remote and rural surgery.

FRRHH have been delighted to support the activities of the Viking Surgeons over the past year co-hosting what has been a hugely interesting webinar series exploring the different surgical specialties experienced in remote and rural settings. This partnership has seen the Viking Surgeons reach a wider audience internationally and showcased their experience and knowledge. FRRHH are deeply proud to have been able to support this series and look forward to further supporting the creation of educational resources that benefit the profession.

Read some of the reviews from previous VSA webinars:

“Another practical and very informative webinar from VSA and FRRHH at RCSEd”

"Thank you for keeping me informed of relevant webinars and I wish to have more of the kind.”

“Grateful for the privilege of listening to such experienced and excellent teachers in a subject where I am not familiar - all the speakers were so enthusiastic and interesting but spoke with clarity.”

“Another very useful webinar from the joint venture of FRRHH and VSA. All the presenters gave very clear presentations with plenty of relevant practical tips. Thank you”


6 Hours

To be eligible to receive CPD hours for webinar attendance you must connect for the full duration of each session AND complete the feedback survey.

Please note each individual session will equate to 1.5 hours of CPD.

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Session 1

Sustainability of Rural Surgical Services in Scotland


Session 2



Session 3

Rural Emergency Physicians and Advanced Nurse Practitioners – Can the Rural Surgeon Retire?


Session 4

Rural Surgery and Global Citizenship


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