RCS Surgical Skills Competition: Are You Cut Out For It?
Boost your CV and be in with the chance to win £1,500.
Are You Cut Out For It? is our national surgical skills competition for Core Trainees (CT2s) who are members or affiliate members of the Royal College of Surgeons.
Would you like to partake in a creative competition that encompasses fun, teamwork and competition as tools for learning? A competition that is free to join with the opportunity to win a share of £1,500 and set your CV apart at ST3 application level? Our RCS approved surgical skills competition gives you just that.
We are currently recruiting volunteers to help judge the final of the competition in spring 2020. The final will be held on a Saturday in London.
If you are a consultant in general, trauma and orthopaedics, plastics or any other surgical speciality and would be interested in being involved in the final, please email email@example.com for more information.
Trainees compete in pairs for a chance to win a share of £1,500 and the prestigious Louis Solomon Knights Award for Surgical Skills, as well as RCS affiliate membership for a year.
We are currently finalising the dates for 2019-2020 regional heats. If you are interested in organising a regional heat, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
Heats were held on the following dates and locations in 2018:
Regional heats 2018-2019
|East of England||Tuesday 27 November||1pm||Deakin Centre, Addenbrooke's Hospital||Niro Kumar|
|Yorkshire and the Humber||Wednesday 28 November||3pm||Bradford Royal Infirmary||Amarvir Bilkhu|
|East Midlands||Saturday 1 December||9am||University Hospitals of Leicester||Amar Kourdouli|
|West Midlands||Tuesday 4 December||4pm||Education Centre, Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham||Sona Singh|
|Wessex||Wednesday 5 December||6.30pm||VIMARS Suite, Queen Alexandra Hospital Portsmouth||John Knight|
|Severn||Thursday 6 December||6pm||Brunel Building, Southmeade Hospital||James Olivier|
|North West||Wednesday 12 December||5.30pm||Postgraduate Centre, Wythenshawe Hospital||Susan Walsh|
|London||Thursday 13 December||5.30pm||Medical Education Centre, Queens Hospital||James Walmsley|
|North East||Thursday 13 December||6.30pm||Dinwoodie Assessment Medical Education Centre (DASH)||Prateek Saxena|
|Kent, Surrey, Sussex||Friday 14 December||12pm||Simulation Suite, Princess Royal Hospital||Chris To|
|Peninsula||Monday 17 December||12pm||University Hospital Plymouth
|Wales||Monday 17 December||12pm||University Hospital of Wales|| Alethea Tang
|Oxford||Thursday 20 December||TBC||Postgraduate Education Centre, Stoke Mandeville Hospital||Ryan Kerstein|
Certificates for attending, winning and running this competition are approved by the RCS and will be sure to set you apart from your peers.
Winners from each heat will be entered into the final which will take place in London in spring 2020.
The RCS will offer support to everyone interested in assisting with hosting a regional heat for Are You Cut Out For It? including:
- matching up volunteers from within the same region
- providing a guide for how to organise a regional heat
- providing template documents (invitation letters, mark schemes, thank you letters, certificates of participation)
- central promotion for regional heats on the RCS website and social media
The RCS may be able to provide some equipment for the skills competition heat. We will also provide all organisers with formal thank you letters for your portfolios.
Information on the competition in 2020 will be advertised here and in our newsletter in due course.