Monthly Newsletter


Dear Scalpel Member,

We hope this message finds you well. This is our monthly newsletter to update you on events run by Scalpel, other societies/organisations, and any other opportunities we think you’ll find interesting.

In this newsletter:

– A Message From The New Committee

– Northern Partnership Announcement

– Journal Club #8

– Upcoming Scalpel Events

– Surgical Events From Around The UK

– Opportunities

A Message From The New Committee
As we welcome in a new committee this year, we would like to thank the outgoing committee for the success of Scalpel last year. From the conference to the various lectures throughout the year, the outgoing committee were able to put on a series of spectacular events. I also want to welcome all our members to a new year of Scalpel events; we have some amazing speakers and workshops lined up, and I hope you will be as enthusiastic about them as we are.

– Sarah Michael, Scalpel President

Northern Partnerships

We’ve decided to partner with local surgical societies across the north of England. This means that as a member of Scalpel, you’ll also be afforded discounted membership fees when you attend events held by the surgical societies of Leeds, Sheffield, HYMS, Newcastle, and Liverpool. Be sure to like their Facebook pages to keep up with their events.

Scalpel Events


Thursday 7th February – Journal Club

To all those interested in discussing current medical literature, we invite you to participate in our eighth journal club, on the 7th of February at 6:30pm. No prior experience is needed and all are welcome. Neurosurgical registrar Daniel Lewis is returning to facilitate the club.

Join the event to keep up at:

We’re also proud to say for the first time we’ve partnered with local sixth forms and invited prospective medical students to join in, which we hope will bolster their applications as well as introduce them to research in surgery.



Tuesday 5th March – Women In Surgery Event

We have invited successful women across multiple fields of surgery to speak at our event which aims to answer any questions you may have concerning surgery as a career for women.

The venue is University Place, Lecture Theatre A – keep an eye on our Facebook page for upcoming details.


TBD – Phase 1 Skills Day: a fantastic chance for preclinical students to get to grips with fundamental surgical skills such as suturing and laparoscopy, and to hear from surgeons about practising in the real world.


TBD – Cheese and Wine Event: a chance to hear from surgeons themselves about their specialities, with a networking opportunity afterwards featuring, of course, cheese and wine.


TBD – Year 3 System Examinations Evening: a session delivered by students with exemplary performances in their year 3 OSCE, aimed at providing year three students with the knowledge to polish their examination techniques before the March OSCE.



TBD – MedAll Talk: a free talk by an organisation committed to helping students and doctors to progress in their career. The goal is to provide insight on how to excel in your future career, with tips on how to make sure your CV will get you where you want to go.


TBD – Global Surgery Talk: if you’re still keen to learn more about global surgery after last year’s stellar conference then keep up to date with our page for more details.


External Events 
Here are some external events that might be of interest to you:

February 9th: Sheffield Annual Conference – “Cases That Changed The Way I Practice”

Featuring talks from renowned surgeons as well as a variety of skills stations: simulated surgical emergencies, advanced wound closure, cyst excision, laparoscopic skills, and more.

Visit for more details.


February 9th: National Undergraduate Conference – The Birmingham Surgical Symposium

The University of Birmingham Surgical Society’s conference will feature exciting talks from surgeons from many disciplines, as well as workshops for skills such as suturing and cricothyroidotomies.

Visit for more details.


February 12th: Manchester Medical Society – Surgical Trainee’s Presentation Evening

The Manchester Medical Society invites you to attend its Surgical Trainee’s Presentation Evening. There will also be work by medical students on display.

It is free to attend and takes place on the 12th of February, 6PM, at the Chancellor’s Conference Centre.

Further details, including more detailed directions and information about the optional dinner afterwards, can be found on our Facebook post about the event, or at:


February 16th: Liverpool Surgical Society’s National Undergraduate and Foundation Surgical Conference – “The Surgical Knife in the World of Turmoil”

Four keynote speakers will be delivering talks on their experiences working in humanitarian missions. There will also be workshops as well as a networking dinner.

Find out more information here:


February 23rd: Keele Surgical Society – Women in Surgery Symposium

This is an event to help elevate the profile of women in surgery as well as to provide advice and insight to women seeking a career in surgery.

More information is available here:


March 2nd: Exteer Surgical Society’s 2nd Annual South West Plastic Surgery Conference

Expect talks from world-leading plastic surgeons as well as workshops on plastics skills such as knot-tying and tendon repair.

Visit for more details. For any queries, email:


Here are some opportunities we hope may be of interest to you:

SCTS Students – the student arm of the National Society for Cardiothoracic Surgery in Great Britain and Ireland ( is recruiting medical school representatives. Please visit for more information on how to apply.


Medical Manager Intern at Medbelle – Medbelle is looking for experienced and motivated medic to join their team in Berlin, and help them build the first digital hospital. For more information and the application, please visit


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

Best regards, 

Scalpel Surgical Society

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