Monthly Newsletter

Dear Scalpel Member,

Welcome to our monthly newsletter. September was a busy month and we saw fantastic responses to our events. Thank you to everyone who has attended, we hope you have found the events educational and inspiring.

This month’s newsletter includes our 12th Annual Conference on the 7th November. Make sure to get your ticket’s early to not miss out!

In this newsletter:

  • Scalpel Events
  • External Events
  • Opportunities

Scalpel’s 12th Undergraduate Conference

Keep an eye on our Facebook page for updates. 

Get your tickets here. We are also accepting abstract submissions for oral and poster presentations, follow the link above (closing date 23rd October). 

Scalpel Events

8th, 15th, 22nd October, 5th November. Scalpel Surgical Essentials. Scalpel are proud to announce a surgical-teaching webinar series, that is catered towards preparing medical students for the surgical component of their final year. Our lecturers are surgical core trainees, and they have prepared lectures centred around the content that is necessary for examinations throughout your clinical years. Students from all years and all universities are welcome!


11th, 26th November, 10th, 12th December. Scalpel’s Surgical Case Based Discussions. Hello and welcome to Scalpel’s case-based discussion series for this academic year. Each session will be facilitated by a Clinician who has had a rotation in the relevant Speciality they’re covering, and each session has been carefully designed to cover the most essential surgical topics from a variety of specialities and will also include high-yield progress test pearls.


7th November – Pioneers in Surgery – Scalpel’s 12th Virtual International Conference. Scalpel’s 12th Annual Conference focuses on the “Pioneers of Surgery” featuring keynote speeches from renowned surgeons from a range of specialties as well as a host of workshops on topics from building your surgical portfolio to surgical masterclasses. This conference will be held as a virtual 2 day conference with the support of the Royal College of Surgeons Edinburgh.


External Events 

4th November – North West Surgical Audit and Research Day. Calling all medical students, foundation years and core trainees to submit abstracts now. Opportunity to present research, QIs and Audits at a regional meeting. Hear from some expert speakers from the NIHR and NWRC on how to involve yourself in research and clinical governance. To submit your surgical abstract or apply for a place email along with your name, grade and current place of work before 2200 on 10th October 2020.


5 – 6th November – BAPRS Celtic Meeting. They are still accepting abstract submissions for this event until 12:00 noon on 12th August.


12th, 26th November, 10th December, 7th January. ACU CCTS are hosting an international journal club. In the journal clubs, we will discuss different aspects of research papers together and learn how to critically analyse a paper. Members of ARU CCTS can purchase tickets for free and it is £2 for non-members.


18th November – The Great University Science Quiz. The Great University Science Quiz is open to all undergraduate students in the UK giving you a chance to pit your wits against students from other universities for this online quiz. Who will be crowned winner? There will be 5 science based rounds and celebrity presenters (to be confirmed) and prizes for the winning teams. You can have up to six in your team (or less if you want) and it is £5 per head (so a team of two would be £10 and a team of six would be £30). The money raised from the quiz will go to Antibiotic Research UK.


21st November. Aortic Dissection Masterclass. A free webinar masterclass from the National Aortic Dissection Medical Education Committee. Sign up here:


21st-23rd November 2020. British Association for Cancer Surgery (BASO) Annual Conference. The meeting will be facilitated by National and International experts in the field of cancer research, care and treatment. Abstract submission is open until 20th September. All information can be found in this link:


3-4th December 2020. The National Research Collaborative Meeting (NRCM) 2020The NRCM is an annual conference which aims to coordinate and promote high impact, multi-centre collaborative research from medical students and trainees across the United Kingdom and Ireland.


Saturday 12th December – International Finals Revision Day. Following excellent feedback and sell out events for the last 5 years, the 6th International Finals Revision Course 2020 is back! We are a group of junior doctors from across the UK with a passion for high quality medical teaching.



Surgery and Emotion Study – The Surgery & Emotion project examines the role of emotion in British surgery, both past and present. The project will pair up surgeons working across a range of specialties with medical students who are interested in surgery as a potential career path for a one-off, 30-minute chat about the profession. These would be held on Zoom/Skype and would be supported by a resource pack produced by our project team containing guidance and possible talking points. Interested students, please email:


The GlobalSurg, CovidSurg Week is an international multi-centre cohort study that aims:

(1) To determine the optimal timing of surgery following SARS-CoV-2 infection

(2) Determine and assess key global surgical indicators, such as postoperative mortality.

If you would like to participate in an international collaborative research project, please register your interest at This would especially be suitable if you have done a surgical placement before or during October, as you would require a clinician’s support for audit approval and access to data. Collaborators from each site who contribute patients will be recognised on any resulting publications as PubMed-citable co-authors. A corporate authorship model will be used, please see the PubMed entry for the previous CovidSurg paper in the Lancet here: (click “expand” under ‘COVIDSurg Collaborative’ to see a full list of PubMed-citable co-authors). More info available at:  


Email with any questions.


SFOUK University Representative – This exciting role allows students to develop leadership and management skills, network with local ENT professionals, and learn more about a career in the specialty. A certificate of formal recognition will be provided on completion of the post, acknowledging the representative’s contribution to the national society.

For more information and to apply for a position, please go to the following URL:


SUTURE UK are researching provision of surgical teaching at medical school and need as many people as possible to fill out the survey in the attached link. The survey should take 5-7 minutes to complete.


CovidStones collaborative audit.

#CovidStones is a collaborative audit capturing how the #COVID19 #pandemic has influenced the management and outcomes of ureteric stones. If you’re keen to get involved, sign up via this link! 


We appreciate your on going interest in Scalpel and hope to see you at our next event.

Best regards,

Scalpel Surgical Society

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