10th Annual Scalpel Undergraduate Surgical Conference


 17th November 2018

The Scalpel Undergraduate Surgical Conference (SUSC) for 2018 builds on the success of our previous conferences and promises to be a fantastic event for all medical students to enjoy. Back in 2009, Scalpel delivered its first ever national conference with a goal to provide a platform for medical students across the United Kingdom to present their work – whether research, audit, or case study – to a student audience composed of like-minded individuals with an interest in surgery. Close to 60 students were given the chance to build their confidence and hone their presentation skills presenting their work in 2009; since then, the SUSC has gone from strength to strength and continued to provide this opportunity for students. For those that were not quite ready to present yet, the conference provided – and still very much provides to this day – a great arena to meet fellow delegates with an interest in surgery, listen to an array of fascinating lectures delivered by respected speakers, and learn or improve upon essential and enjoyable surgical skills and procedures. In recent years we’ve had delegates attend from Edinburgh to Peninsula, all of whom provided feedback that they would recommend the SUSC to friends.

We are incredibly excited about what has become Scalpel’s main event of the year and indeed one of the major events in the calendar of any undergraduate medical student society.  The SUSC is an event not to be missed.  We hope you read our website to find out more information and, of course, subsequently register to join us for what is guaranteed to be an amazing event.  We look forward to meeting all of the delegates in November later this year.

Scalpel Committee

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Abstract Submissions are now OPEN (closing date 14th October 2018, 6pm) 

Types of abstract accepted for the presentation are:

  • Research
  • Literature Review
  • Audit
  • Case Report
  • Poster

Tickets go on sale: 30th September 2018

The conference has sold out the previous 2 years, so be sure to grab your tickets as soon as they are released!

This year’s conference promises to be a fantastic event for all medical students, in both preclinical and clinical studies. The theme of the conference for this year is Global and Trauma Surgery, and we have three brilliant keynote speakers (delivering two keynote addresses) with a breadth of experience, coming to Manchester to share this with you. Further details will be released in the build up to the conference!

Alongside our keynote speakers, we provide a range of practical and academic workshops running across the day allowing students to develop and practice surgical skills, and get advice on how to prepare for a career in surgery. There are workshops available for students at all stages of their training, and students will be able to choose two practical workshops from six options, and one academic workshop from three options.


Practical Workshops

Laparoscopy Skills
• Spend some time practising your surgical skills in our simulated laparoscopy trainers, and become accustomed to the difficult task of using surgical equipment through a camera lens. No experience is necessary.

Knot Tying
• Basic but essential skills required by surgeons (and other doctors!) every day – this workshop teaches a range of applications and types of surgical hand ties. No experience is necessary.

Basic Suturing
• An introduction to a core surgical skill required by all medical students – this workshop is useful for beginners and for those wanting to refresh skills. No experience is necessary.

Chest Drains
• Perform an emergency procedure to relieve pressure from a tension pneumothorax! No experience is necessary.

Advanced Suturing
• What it says on the tin. Develop your skill set with a range of surgical suture techniques, and get the chance to perform an excision of a cyst! Previous suturing experience is preferable.

Bowel Resection and Anastomosis
• Perform a common surgical procedure on real tissue. This was one of our most popular workshops last year, however previous suturing experience is necessary.

Academic Workshops

The CV Clinic
• Want to know what’s required on a good foundation or specialty trainee application? Even better, want to know how you can go about improving your own future application? Then join us for our ever popular CV clinic.

The details of two more academic workshops are to be announced!


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