Monthly Newsletter – July 2020


Dear Scalpel Member,


We understand it’s been a few months since our last newsletter. We hope you have all kept safe and found useful ways to spend the lockdown. As you are all aware, our previously planned events had to be cancelled. As such we are working hard to translate as many of the remaining events to online workshops.

Look out for more announcements in the coming weeks!

In this newsletter:

  • Highlights
  • Internal/Scalpel Events
  • External Events
  • Opportunities

Highlights: Introduction to Surgery

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Scalpel Events

June 1st, June 3rd, further instalments tbc – Scalpel Anatomy Series. We are hosting a biweekly student-led webinar series of anatomy teaching with extra surgical knowledge. This will be beneficial for preclinical years that have missed out & for clinical years for revision and recap of important topics. Each session will cover challenging & vital knowledge of anatomy, relevant areas of each surgical specialty, and OSCE revision. Check out our Facebook page for more information. 

External Events 

June 2nd, 4th– Royal College of Surgeons Edinburgh Webinar Series. With the closure of medical schools across the UK, the RCSEd’s Regional Surgical Advisory Network has stepped in with a national effort to offer teaching in the form of webinars. These webinars will be aimed at medical students and will be delivered by experienced trainers from around the UK. The aim is to augment the remote learning medical students will already be having from their individual medical schools. Further information and registration can be found on their website.


1st June onwards – Unofficial Guide Medicine Webinars – A few times a week at 1pm doctors specialising in Medicine, Surgery, Orthopaedics, Paediatrics and Obstetrics and Gynaecology will be doing live webinars going through case-based discussion. These sessions are completely FREE and will be running over the next few months to help students learn from home.


@Edinburgh University Trauma and Orthopaedics Society (EUTOS) is pleased to announce a new zoom series delivered by the Edinburgh Orthopaedic Department. ‘A series of unfortunate fractures’ will be a case series delivered by various Orthopaedic Surgeons in Edinburgh on exceptional trauma cases and their management from pre-hospital to discharge. Certificates of attendance to bolster CV/portfolios will be sent out to those in attendance after every session. Specific teaching dates and times will be sent out in an email with a zoom link to the session nearer the time. If you wish to attend simply email to register interest so we can add you to this mailing list.


June 2nd, June 4th and onwards – BAPRAS Student Webinar series. BAPRAS’ webinar series for medical students aims to give undergraduates thinking about the next stage of their career an overview of the specialty of plastic surgery.

Register online at:


June 4th – Role of bone in post-burn muscle loss: Treatment implications. This webinar will introduce the pathophysiology of resorptive bone loss following burns, the role of bone in muscle loss, and how this method can prevent burn-mediated muscle wasting.


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.



InciSioN UK SURGE Study. Please take a couple of minutes to fill out this survey about global surgery education, knowledge and career aspirations.


Bite Medicine Webinars – Bite Medicine are offering free webinars tackling a variety of topics. Further information, slides and recordings are available at


Health Careers Portal: Medical Careers Webinars. Sign up for the webinars is via the link attached. This will be a series of Webinars covering the most important aspects of the application process. This will include Academic Foundation Programme application, Core Surgical Training application, Internal Medicine Training and run-through programmes.


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.


Survey from the Plastic Surgery Department in St George’s Hospital London investigating teaching of local anaesthetic use in medical school. Survey takes approximately 1 minute.


BURST Committee Applications.

Strictly 1 side A4 to with the title of email, ‘Medical student rep application 2020’ outlining:

  1. Your current year of study and medical school
  2. Why you are interested
  3. How you will ensure that you have time to commit to projects
  4. Any research experience is to date (Involvement with research, research skills, research degrees, formal methodology training, key publications, key presentations)

Please specifically mention:

  • If you are highly proficient in IT e.g. database formation or website creation
  • If you have been involved in BURST activities previously
  • Your involvement in university surgical society activities
  • Whether you are interested in urology as a career


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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