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Programme and speakers

Programme highlights 

Welcome by Mr Richard Kerr, RCS Council member and Chair of the Commission on the Future of Surgery.

Innovation in surgical education: what are we doing now?

  • virtual reality and its place in surgical education
  • augmented reality - Hololens, delivered by Microsoft
  • the use of technology in surgical education, haptics and VR. 

Horizon scanning: what does the future hold?

  • the future of RCS education - Louise Goldring, Director of Learning
  • personalised learning and AI - Chris Munsch, clinical lead for the HEE Technology Enhanced Learning Programme
  • horizon scanning panel featuring key leaders in surgical innovation, including Microsoft, Tamzin Cuming, Consultant Colorectal Surgeon and Nadine Hachach-Haram, surgeon and co-founder of Proximie. More exciting names to be announced!

Breakout sessions:

  • designing a surgical teaching episode - RCS education
  • influencing the future round table - Microsoft partnership team
  • using your non-technical skills to improve your teaching - Ken Spearpoint, Principal Lecturer and Simulation Lead, University of Hertfordshire
  • cognitive training: thinking and performing like an expert surgeon - Kartik Logishetty, Clinical Research Fellow and Orthopaedic Surgeon, Imperial College London
  • training a functional team - Sunjay Jain, Consultant Urologist, Leeds and his wider team.

Book your place by 28 April to get an early bird discount. 

Speaker biographies

Professor Shafi Ahmed

Professor Shafi Ahmed is a multi award winning surgeon, teacher, futurist, innovator, entrepreneur and an expert in augmented and virtual reality. He is a cancer surgeon at The Royal London and St Bartholomew’s Hospitals and as a dedicated trainer, educator, and Associate Dean of Bart’s Medical School, he was awarded the Silver Scalpel award in 2015 as the best national trainer in surgery by the Association of Surgeons in Training. He is currently serving as an elected member of council of the Royal College of Surgeons of England.

Mr Richard Kerr

Richard Kerr is a consultant neurosurgeon at Oxford University Hospital NHS Foundation Trust where he specialises in general neurosurgery, skull base surgery and vascular neurosurgery. Mr Kerr is the immediate past president of the Society of British Neurological Surgeons, RCS Council member and chair of the RCS Commission on the Future of Surgery. He was Co-Principal Investigator in the MRC-funded International Subarachnoid Aneurysm Trial (ISAT). The publication of this trial has led to a global change in the management of aneurysmal subarachnoid haemorrhage, with invitations to speak to learned societies from all over the world.

Ken Spearpoint

Ken Spearpoint trained as an intensive care nurse, he has worked in the NHS for 33 years. For the last 12 years, he has worked as the consultant nurse in resuscitation at Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust. In 2016 Ken was appointed as principal lecturer at the University of Hertfordshire where he directs the MSc Health & Medical Simulation.
Ken has an established research interest in improving patient outcomes from cardiac arrest, and his current research interests include the integration of human factors/ergonomics with simulation based medical education.

Kartik Logishetty

Kartik Logishetty is an orthopaedic surgical trainee, specialising in hip surgery. He runs the MSc in Surgical Innovation at Imperial College London, and his research – funded by the Royal College of Surgeons – is focused on assistive technologies in surgery. As an Academic Foundation Doctor at the University of Oxford, he worked on developing an arthroscopic simulation programme for surgical training. As an NIHR Academic Clinical Fellow and PhD candidate at Imperial, Kartik has shown how virtual reality, augmented reality, cognitive task analysis and 3D-printing can enhance surgical training and intraoperative performance.

Nadine Hachach-Haram

Nadine Hachach-Haram is the co-founder of Proximie and a curious surgeon, lecturer and clinical entrepreneur. She has a passion for technology and innovation and a desire to make a difference in the world. Nadine drew on her passion for innovation, education and global surgery to co-found Proximie, an augmented reality platform that allows doctors to virtually transport themselves in to any operating room anywhere in the world to visually and practically interact in an operation from start to finish. Dubbed by CNN the 'Future of Surgery', Proximie has gone from strength to strength and won multiple awards including Foreign Press Association Science Story of the Year. When she isn’t working, Nadine spends her time with her husband and three children in London.

 

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