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Starting out in surgery, Cardiff

Start 2:00 PM
End 7:30 PM
  • £10-£50

Event Overview

Are you a foundation doctor or clinical medical student with an interest in surgery? 

Find out how to start your career by attending this afternoon meeting. 

What can I expect?

Delivered by some of the the most experienced and knowledgeable professionals in the field, topics covered will be:

  • applications to both core and specialist training
  • advice on surgical interviews
  • the National Survey of Bullying and Harassment 2017
  • research and funding opportunities  

You'll also get the chance to join in the discussion and voice your views through a Q&A session after the talks. The afternoon will round off with an informal drinks reception, where students and speakers alike will get the chance to network and ask any questions not covered in the Q&A session.

Who will be speaking?

RCS President Professor Derek Alderson will be on-hand to answer any questions during the drinks reception, and the talks beforehand will be delivered by top names in the world of surgery such as: 

Farah Bhatti - Chair of Women in Surgery

Alex Howells - Chief Executive of Health Education and Improvement for Wales 

Vittoria Bucknall - President of BOTA, the British Orthopaedic Trainees Association

What about the programme? 

Find out more about the structure of the afternoon below:

1.45pm Light refreshments and lunch boxes

2.20pm Opening remarks
Chair – Sue Hill, Vice-president, RCS Council

2.35pm Qualities of a surgical trainee
Rhiannon Harries, ASiT past-president

2.50pm National Survey of Bullying and Harassment
Vittoria Bucknall, President of BOTA with ASiT representative (TBC)

3.05pm Applications and selection for core surgical training
Humphrey Scott, Ashford and St Peter’s Hospital NHS Foundation Trust

3.20pm Applications to specialist surgical training
Darren Ebreo, Welsh representative for BOTA

3.35pm Life as a surgeon
Tim Mitchell, RCS Council member

3.50pm Refreshment break

4.00pm Academic careers and research in surgery
Martyn Coomer, RCS Head of Research

4.15pm Women in surgery
Farah Bhatti, RCS Council member and Chair of WinS

4.30pm Advice and tips on surgical interviews
Fiona Myint, RCS Council member

4.45pm Presentation from Alex Howells, Chief Executive of Health Education and Improvement, Wales

5.00pm Closing remarks and Improving Surgical Training project update
Bill Allum, RCS Council member

5.20pm Q&A Session
Chair - Bill Allum, RCS Council member

5.45pm Drinks reception with Derek Alderson, President of the RCS

This event is free for RCS affiliates as it needs only a £10 refundable deposit to secure their place.


Presentations from the day

Ayoola Awopetu, National Survey of Bullying and Harassment 

Bill Allum, Improving Surgical Training (IST)

Darren Ebreo, Specialist surgical training 

Farah Bhatti, Women in surgery 

Fiona Myint, Surgical interviews 

Humphrey Scott, Core surgical training 

Martyn Coomer, Surgical research 

Rhiannon Harries, Qualities of a surgical trainee 

Tim Mitchell, Life as a surgeon 

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