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.