About: Smith & Nephew

About: Smith & Nephew

“Smith & Nephew supports healthcare professionals in more than 100 countries in their daily efforts to improve the lives of their patients.

We do this by taking a pioneering approach to the design of our advanced medical products and services, by securing wider access to our diverse technologies for more customers globally, and by enabling better outcomes for patients and healthcare systems.

We have leadership positions in:

We have around 16,000 employees around the world.

Annual sales in 2016 were more than $4.6 billion.

We are a constituent of the UK’s FTSE100 and our shares are traded on the London Stock Exchange and through American Depository Receipts on the New York Stock Exchange (LSE: SN, NYSE: SNN)” – Smith & Nephew Website

To learn more about Smith & Nephew, visit their website at www.smith-nephew.com

About: The Association of Surgeons in Training (ASiT)

About: The Association of Surgeons in Training (ASiT)

The Association of Surgeons in Training (ASiT) is an independent professional body and registered charity which works to promote the highest standards in surgical training.

The Association was originally established in 1976 and is the second largest surgical specialty association in the UK with over 2,700 members, from all ten surgical specialties. ASiT membership costs just £40 when a medical student or £60 otherwise, serving the needs of trainees through training courses, grants, prizes and fellowships.

A membership highlight is the annual ASiT Conference, with over 700 delegates attending a weekend of educational courses, lectures and topical debate on all aspects of surgery and surgical training.

ASiT represents the views of surgical trainees through representation on the councils including the Surgical Royal Colleges, ISCP, and JCST. Unlike many others, ASiT remains independent of the Royal Colleges and professional medical organisations, and is run by trainees, for trainees.” – The Association of Surgeons in Training (ASiT) Website

To learn more about The Association of Surgeons in Training (ASiT), visit their website at https://www.asit.org/

About: The Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh (RCSEd)

About: The Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh (RCSEd)

“The Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh is the oldest and largest of the UK surgical Royal Colleges, and one of the largest of all the UK medical Royal Colleges. First incorporated as the Barber Surgeons of Edinburgh in 1505, the College has been at the vanguard of surgical innovation and developments for over 500 years.

Today we are a modern, thriving, global network of medical professionals with memberships approaching 25,000 professionals who live and work in more than 100 countries around the world. 15,000 of these live and work in the UK and 80% of that figure are based in England and Wales. Our membership includes people at every stage of their career, from medical students through to trainees, consultants and those who have retired from practice.

With our interest in professional standards, the College’s primary role – and the main concern of our Fellows and Members – is to ensure the safety of our patients and provide them with the best possible care. We do this by championing the highest standards of surgical and dental practice; through our provision of courses and educational programmes, training, examinations and Continuous Professional Development; our liaison with external medical bodies; and by influencing healthcare policy across the UK.

Our main campus in Edinburgh, which includes a dedicated skills laboratory, the Surgeons’ Hall MuseumsCollege Library, function and meeting facilities, a 77 bedroom hotel, postgraduate accommodation, and office space for over 140 staff, was joined in 2014 by our second site in Birmingham’s prestigious Colmore Row. This new base offers office space, facilities for events and courses and spaces for our membership to meet and take part in the College’s activities.

The Privy Council approves the Laws of the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh. They are downloadable below.” – The Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh Website

To learn more about The Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh and how to get involved, visit their website at https://www.rcsed.ac.uk/

About: The Royal College of Surgeons

About: The Royal College of Surgeons

“The Royal College of Surgeons of England is a professional membership organisation and registered charity, which exists to advance patient care. We support over 25,000 members in the UK and internationally by improving their skills and knowledge, facilitating research and developing policy and guidance.” – The Royal College of Surgeons Website

The Royal College of Surgeons offers support to their members of any specialty at any level of career. They host courses, seminars, events, and other learning opportunities aimed at reaching their vision of advanced surgical care; many of these are open to medical students.

To learn more about The Royal College of Surgeons and how to get involved, head to their official website at https://www.rcseng.ac.uk/

The Unofficial Guide to Medicine

The Unofficial Guide to Medicine

The Unofficial Guide to Medicine is a unique student publishing group, producing high quality medical textbooks written and reviewed by students/junior doctors and checked for accuracy by experts. The series follows a peer-led publishing model that has been written about in Res Medica: Journal of the Royal Medical Society, and has won awards from distinguished organisations like the BMA, the British Institute of Radiology and the Association for the Study of Medical Education. We have a Facebook group of over 26,000 students who provide feedback at every stage of a book’s development, ensuring all of our products are perfectly focused to student needs. The books are now sold in over 55 countries worldwide, and additionally over £8500 has been raised for worthwhile charitable causes, including many run by student volunteers.

To see their full line of books, check out their official website at http://unofficialguidetomedicine.com/

BOTA Medical Student Bursaries

Interested in applying for an elective in Trauma and Orthopaedics? The British Orthopaedic Trainees’ Association (BOTA) is offering 3 £500 bursaries to fund for medical electives in Trauma and Orthopaedics. This bursary is open to all undergraduate medical students and is an opportunity not to be missed.

Applications are due at 23:59, 11th January 2018. Read below for more details!

NANSIG Neurosurgery Careers Day

SBNS / NANSIG 7th Neurosurgery Careers Day

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If you're a medical student or Foundation doctor considering a career in Neurosurgery, you won't want to miss the 7th annual SBNS/NANSIG Neurosurgery Careers Day on Saturday, 27th January 2018 at the King Khalid Building in the heart of Edinburgh. 

Speakers include:

Mr Paul May (President, SBNS) - The SBNS: What's it for?
Mr Neil Kitchen (SBNS President-elect) - Training a neurosurgeon 1985 and 2015: how far have we come?
Mr Alistair Jenkins (Treasurer, SBNS) - Work-life balance: what's that?
Mr Jonathan Pesic-Smith - Being a trainee: doing the work
Mr Akbar Hussain - Being a trainee: ticking the boxes
Mr Rodney Laing - Challenges in the spine
Mr Mark Wilson - Pre-hospital management in neurosurgery
Mr Richard Ashpole - Surgical simulation and ROWENA
Mr Michael Jenkinson - Academic Neurosurgery: for those who can't cut their way out of a paper bag?
Mr Kismet Hossain-Ibrahim - Publish or perish: British Journal of Neurosurgery
Mr Daniel Fountain - ENTICE and the Academic Foundation Programme
Mr Chris Barrett - Less is more

Tickets available via the link below. We will look forward to seeing you in Edinburgh on 27th January!

Abstract submission is now closed.

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Highlights – Surgical Skills Day 2017

On Sunday, 10th December 2017, SCRUBS hosted a Skills Day for current Bristol Medical Students. This included 4 stations each with a range of instructors, each group of students were given 1 hour to learn and then complete a specific task. The stations included:

  • an orthopaedic station where students learned how to place a dynamic hip screw on dry bones

  • a live tissue suturing station where student learned basic suturing techniques on pig trotters

  • a plastics station where students learned how to repair torn tendons on pig trotters

  • a laparoscopic station involving practice kits where there were a series of challenges which had to be completed in a given amount of time

A vascular station was also planned, where students would practice performing an arterial anastomosis. Unfortunately due to the poor weather conditions, the companyrepresentative could not deliver the necessary equipment. However, we hope to offer this workshop at one of our future events.

Fortunately, we received fantastic feedback from the participants. Having four stations instead of five allowed students to engage with each station for longer, which participants seemed to prefer. Our faculty was phenomenal; they engaged with students very well and feedback reflected this. Students thoroughly enjoyed practicing on live tissue and the competition at the laparoscopic station really gave participants an incentive to perform well in a relaxed and enjoyable environment. Overall, the event was very successful and was received well. Thirty boxes of pizza and minced pies definitely helped as well!

We would like to extend our gratitude to all those who allowed this day to be such a success; Smith and Nephews who provided all the bones, drills and other equipment for the dynamic hip screws, Philippa Orchard and Richard Bamford, current regional ASiT representative who helped to organise additional laparoscopic kits and the Ruby & White Butchers for providing the pig trotters. Many thanks also to our sponsors at Medtronic, Ethicon, ASiT and Pastest.

Additionally, we would like to thank all the instructors who took time to attend our Skills Day as well as the students who showed great enthusiasm and were all keen to learn.

National Conference for Aspiring Surgeons (NCAS) – 3 February 2018

National Conference for Aspiring Surgeons (NCAS) – 3 February 2018

Present your work at a national conference, see what surgical research is possible as a medical student, hear from outstanding guest speakers, try your hand at interactive small-group skills sessions!

This conference is organised by The Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh and is hosted by Bristol SCRUBS. Medical Students and Foundation Doctors are invited to submit abstracts for oral and poster presentations at this research conference. Closing Date for Abstract Submissions: noon on Friday 12th January 2018. Held in the Education Centre of the Bristol Royal Infirmary, the conference will consist of talks, followed by research presentations and practical workshops.

Confirmed guest speakers: Professor Robert Hinchliffe speaking on a career in academic surgery and Ms Petra Marsh FRCS, contributing author of “The Hands on Guide to Surgical Training”.

Skills stations:
– Suturing with tissues
– Laparoscopic stimulation
– Hand tying

Tickets: £8 (RCSEd & SCRUBS Members) or £10 (Non-members).
Tickets available at the RCSEd Event Page.

In order to submit an abstract, do the following:
1. Go to the RCSEd Event Page.
2. In the blue box to the right titled ‘Abstract Submissions’, click on ‘National Conference for Aspiring Surgeons (Bristol)’.
3. When prompted, log in or register to the RCSEd for free.
4. After being asked to agree with the Terms and Conditions of the RCSEd, You will then be redirected to the abstract submission form. Complete this, click save.
5. Ensure that you no longer have any changes to make. Click ‘Submit’ beside your submission draft. You can no longer make any changes to your submission once you have done this step.