We look forward to welcoming you to the 2022 Triennial and ICOSET joint Conference on 30 May - 1 Jun 2022. This three day, in-person event will bring together leading surgical forerunners and specially selected experts to discuss on day one the current issues facing surgery and the future of surgery in the UK and beyond, in a bid to understand how we can contribute to ‘Making it Better’.


Triennial and ICOSET Special Guest Speakers

Professor Michael Griffin OBE became President in 2018 when he was a Consultant Oesophagogastric surgeon at the Royal Victoria Infirmary. He developed the Northern Oesophagogastric Cancer Unit which is now the largest in Europe and North America. A Council Member since 2009, he was Chair of the Joint Committee for Intercollegiate Examinations (JCIE) and Professor of Gastrointestinal Surgery at the University of Newcastle upon Tyne. His clinical and research interests have been focused on early diagnosis and radical treatment of oesophagogastric cancers. He was awarded an OBE for services to cancer health care in 2013.

Dr Julie A. Freischlag, MD, FACS, FRCSEd(Hon), DFSVS, is the chief executive officer of Atrium Health Wake Forest Baptist, dean of Wake Forest School of Medicine and chief academic officer of Atrium Health Enterprise.


Consistently ranked among the nation’s top medical centers, Wake Forest Baptist includes a growing, multi-hospital health system and physician network, the state-of-the-art and highly competitive Wake Forest School of Medicine, and the school’s technology transfer and commercialization arm, Wake Forest Innovations. Dr. Freischlag was recently installed as the 102nd President of the American College of Surgeons.

Mr Martin Griffiths CBE  DL FRCA FRCS is a consultant Trauma and Vascular Surgeon at Barts Health NHS Trust where he developed the nation’s first ward-based intervention programme for the victims of interpersonal injury.

He is also National Clinical Director for Violence Reduction (NHS England) & Clinical Director for Violence Reduction Network (NHS London) and has led the expansion of the public-health approach to violence reduction in the capital. He has an interest in integrating peer groups in the co-design of community and healthcare-based prevention and education programmes.

Monday 30 May 2022: Triennial 'Making it Better' 

Morning session

  • Professor Michael Griffin OBE, RCSEd President. Topic: Welcome
  • Dame Carrie MacEwan. Topic: Making it Better for Trainees
  • Professor Rob Padbury. Topic: Making it Better for those at the end of their Career

Plenary - Wellbeing in the Workplace

  • Dr Gregor Smith & Professor Michael Griffin OBE. Chair: Wellbeing in the Workplace
  • Professor Michael West CBE. Topic: Mental Health and Wellbeing in the Medical Profession
  • Professor Tony Sparnon. Topic: What RACS has done to change behaviours and attitudes amongst surgeons
  • Mr John Sturrock QC. Topic: Building a Culture of Respect in the Workplace

Session 1: Making it Better for the Individual

  • Professor Jackie Taylor. Chair: Making it Better for the Individual
  • Dr Michael Farquhar. Topic: The Importance of Sleep
  • The Right Reverend David Urquhart. Topic: The Whole Person
  • Professor Sheona MacLeod. Topic: Enhancing Junior Doctors Working Lives

Session 2: Making it Better for the Team

  • Mr Pala Rajesh, RCSEd Vice-president. Chair: Making it Better for the Team
  • Professor Hilary Sanfey. Topic: Asking for Help
  • Professor April Roslani. Topic: Building Supportive and Effective Teams
  • Dr Polly Swann. TopicTeamwork for Elite Athletes

Plenary – Simpson Symposium

  • Professor Michael Griffin OBE & Professor Andrew Calder. Session Chairs
  • Dr Julie Freischlag. Topic: Douglas Guthrie Memorial Lecture: Female Role Models in Surgery and Clinical Leadership
  • Mr Martin Griffiths CBE. Topic: Empowering Health Professionals to Enable Violence Reduction
  • Professor Linda Bauld OBE. Simpson Memorial Lecture: Lessons from the Pandemic – Making it better for all healthcare workers in the future

Tuesday 31 May 2022: ICOSET Day 1

Morning Session

  • Professor Michael Griffin OBE, RCSEd President. Topic: Welcome
  • Shireen McKenzie, David O’Regan, Director of the Faculty of Surgical Trainers, Richard Reznick
  • Debate: ICOSET Opening Debate “The Surgeon who has a broad base of general surgical training prior to specialising makes a better surgeon.”

Session 1: EPAs - Are they the way forward? The experience of six nations

  • Speaker TBC. Topic: USA
  • Ken Harris. Topic: Canada
  • Lars Konge. Topic: Europe
  • Jon Lund. Topic: United Kingdom
  • Adrian Anthony. Topic: Australia / New Zealand

Session 2: Focus on the trainee

  • Eric Holmboe. Topic: How to get trainees to engage in feedback
  • Gillian Hardman, PSG Trainee Committee Representative. Topic: The workplace competency -what it means to the trainee
  • Erika Rangel. Topic: Flexible training- attracting and keeping talent
  • Alice Hartley. Topic: Bullying – impact on trainees work and progress

Session 3: Disruptions in training

  • Jon Lund. Topic: Lessons learned and lessons gained from COVID-19
  • Speaker TBC: Disrupted training, PhDs, health and pregnancy
  • Andy Kent. Topic: Conflict regions
  • Speaker TBC: Topic: Poor trainers and poor programs

Wednesday 1 June 2022: ICOSET Day 2

Session 4: The future

  • Digital surgery and training
  • Remote learning and proctoring
  • Does the operating theatre need a ‘black box’?
  • Peer to peer coaching
  • Predicting the future of training

Session 5: Six fifteen-minute paper presentations

  • Amit Joshi and Doug Smink. Topic: Poster presentations

Session 6: Closing Plenary

  • Jason Frank. Topic: “From here to tomorrow –the trainee and trainer needs”
  • FST Director. Topic: Close of Meeting 

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