11th Annual Undergraduate Conference 2019


2nd November 2019

The Scalpel Undergraduate Surgical Conference (SUSC) 2019 built on the success of our previous conferences and was a fantastic event enjoyed by all medical students that attended on 1st November.

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, coming November 2020.  We look forward to meeting all of the delegates later this year.

-Scalpel Committee

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Types of abstract accepted for the presentation are:

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

Date: Saturday 2nd November 2019, 8:00 – 17:00

The conference has sold out for the previous 3 years, so be sure to grab your tickets as soon as they are released!

The theme of last years conference was The Future of Surgery, where we had three brilliant keynote speakers with a breadth of experience and delivered two keynote speeches. coming to Manchester to share this with you.

Alongside our keynote speakers, we provided a range of practical and academic workshops that ran throughout the day which allowed students to develop and practice surgical skills, and get advice on how to prepare for a career in surgery. The workshops made available for students were suitable for medics at all stages of their training. Delegates were able to choose two practical workshops from six options, and one academic workshop from three options.


Keynote Speakers

We were delighted to be joined by a trio of fabulous surgeons who delivered inspiring speeches in their chosen specialty – Professor Jan Deprest, Mr Nnamdi Mwaejike and finally Professor Averil Mansfield, CBE.

Professor Jan Deprest

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Our first keynote speaker was Professor Jan Deprest. He is an internationally acclaimed foetal surgeon who performed the first spina bifida surgery in utero. He is the academic chair of the Department of Development and Regeneration and director of the Centre for Surgical Technologies. He spoke to us in detail about this intricate and ground breaking surgery.

Mr Nnamdi Mwaejike

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Our Second Keynote speaker was Mr Nnamdi Nwaejike. He is a Cardiac & Transplant surgeon at Wythenshawe hospital. Wythenshawe hospital was the first centre in the Northwest to revive a heart from a dead donor and sustain it in the organ care system before transplantation. He delivered a speech about this extraordinary case.

Professor Averil Mansfield, CBE

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Our final speaker of the day was Professor Averil Mansfield. The first female professor of surgery in the United Kingdom. She is the founder of Women in Surgery (Wins) and delivered a speech about the past, present and future of women in surgery.


Practical Workshops

Laparoscopy Skills
• Time dedicated to practising surgical skills in our simulated laparoscopy trainers, students were able to practice the difficult task of using surgical equipment through a camera lens.

Knot Tying
• Basic but essential skills required by surgeons (and other doctors!). This workshop features annually and teaches a range of surgical hand ties.

Basic Suturing
• An introduction to a core surgical skill required by all medical students – another annual workshop useful for beginners and for those wanting to refresh skills.

Cardio-thoracics
• Students were able to perform suturing for various cardio-thoracic procedures, an amazing addition to last years conference.

Advanced Suturing
• Students developed their skill set with a range of surgical suture techniques, and were lucky enough to perform an excision of a cyst! This workshop also features annually and previous suturing experience is preferable.

Bowel Resection and Anastomosis
• This common surgical procedure was available for delegates to practice on real tissue! This has proven a very popular workshop!

Academic Workshops

MMRSoc’s Publish or Perish

Unconventional Surgical Pathways

The Portfolio Clinic


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