Join experts and medical students from top surgical societies across the UK for the Battle of the Surgical Societies Contest. This highly anticipated conference semi-final offers attendees an insightful engagement with great minds of the future. Five exciting and innovative entries from diverse surgical societies are set to share their proposals. This interactive session allows participants to learn about a range of proposed initiatives including surgical puzzles, rapid-fire question challenges, surgical skill showcases, and more. This event tends to encourage an interest and awareness in multiple different surgical specialties among medical students while also taking into consideration the impact of sustainability and inclusivity on medical practice. Grab this opportunity to network, learn, and gain insights on the winning ideas from some of the country's brightest medics.
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Join us at the biggest surgical pan-grade, pan speciality event!

  • Unveil cutting edge research presentations
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  • Elevate your career with expert career development insights

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Learning objectives

1. Evaluate different innovative proposals and ideas presented by a range of surgical societies run by medical students across the UK. 2. Understand how to engage in a series of surgical puzzles, rapid-fire questions, and tackle related surgical skills. 3. Identify common cases and relevant surgical specialties that medical students could potentially encounter in their career. 4. Recognize the importance of networking, sustainability, and inclusivity in the medical field, particularly in surgery. 5. Appreciate the essential benefits of asset membership, like various discounts, grants, and access to a professional network.
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Good morning. Good morning, everyone and welcome to today's first session. Thank you all for coming in on a Sunday morning. We really appreciate it and this is always one of the best sessions of conference because you get to hear from our student surgical societies. So today we will be having our sort of semifinals for our Battle of the Surgical Societies Contest. We have five amazing entries to hear about today from a range of different surgical societies ru run run by medical students across the United Kingdom. So it will be a really, really good opportunity to hear some of their proposals, some of their ideas as we look to Crown this year's Battle of The Surgical Society's winner. So yes, without further ado, we'll be able to get the first deck up. Got you. So yeah, before we do that, I'm just going to introduce myself. So my name is Viraj. I'm the medical student representative on a, a council this year and I'm um doctor A, I'm the current foundation representative on Asset Council as well. Perfect, sir. I think we have um if we can get the first society up and that's cardiff, you'll have eight minutes to present and then we'll ask you two minutes of hopefully some nice questions. Um Can we just test out the slides to make sure changes? Do you want me to change it? You know about it? Um ok, good morning everyone. My name is Vasa. I'm the president of the Cardiff University Surgical Society and my name is Dia, I'm the vice president of the Society and we're here to talk to you about our event, stitch it to win it the All Wales surgical showdown. So fit to this, you never thought you'd relive your childhood days of Ether egg. Treasure hunting until now stitch it to win. It is exactly that. It's an opportunity for students to engage in a series of surgical puzzles with um puzzles to solve rapid fire questions to answer and a relevant surgical skill to tackle. At the end. It's a series of six nations across six major specialties to give students a varied opportunity to take part in multiple different um fields. So because it's never too early or never too late to start thinking about a career in surgery. Our event is open to all medical students in the UK from the second to fifth year onwards and it's free for asset members because of accessibility in mind. We've priced it at only 5 lbs for non asset members. So how is it structured? Well, step one, each team will be presented with a case vignette teams can then discuss the signs, symptoms and differential diagnoses that they think are most likely and decide that immediate investigations. So let's take the example of acute cholecystitis. Well, then step two, this is where the the surgical scavenger hunt begins. Well, now teams will work together to actually tackle the interpretation from their previous request. For example, for data interpretation, they might be asked to open open an ultrasound scan or CT scan. This could be followed by a question on anatomy, say for example, describing the anatomy of the bilary tree and so on. Participants can also be presented with surprise challenges. For example, that patient might develop sepsis, they will then be required to respond accordingly in order to progress to the next step. Well, that step three, this is once they get the right diagnosis and present the appropriate appropriate management plan, say participants decide they want to go ahead with the laparoscopic cholecystectomy, they will then have the opportunity to try their hand at a related surgical skill. So for example, laparoscopic surgical skills simulated there at the station, participants will be judged on their speed accuracy and also any safety considerations. Well, moving on to them, the stations themselves, we plan to have six groups of six participants each made up of students from second year to fifth year working together. These six stations will cover six relevant surgical specialties and common cases. Um They are just detailed on the screen here as to aspiring women in surgery. We also really excited to be joined by Miss Clare Carpenter, who is the only female consultant orthopedic surgeon in God. And we are also really honored to be joined by some amazing consultants who will help us design these stations as one of the only two major universities, medical schools in South Wales. Also a special mention to Hive who will be collaborating with us for our major trauma station. Hive is hybrid interactive virtual environments. This is actually a home grown Cardiff University organization that helps integrate technology into medical education. And we are really excited that they will be helping us simulate a virtual reality road traffic accident for participants to tackle. So we hope that students gain a multitude of benefits from our event. Firstly, if given the support of asset, the me benefits of an asset membership would be front and center of our event, namely the various discounts offered and grants available throughout medical training as well as access to an invaluable uh network of uh specialist inact with. We are really interested in cultivating an interest in multiple different surgical specialties. Um And we don't always get the opportunity to interact with every surgical specialty possible whilst on placement. So we hope to uh give participants an opportunity to see the bread and butter cases that can come across and get them thinking about what they actually enjoy surgery and any aspect of medicine is really just a series of puzzles to solve. Just like the nature of investigating diagnosing and treating a patient. Our event hopes to simulate this in a surgically oriented simulated environment. We all know the invaluable benefits of networking in the field of surgery. And we hope to um allow students the opportunity to interact with specialists and our incredible consultants um in a casual and enjoyable learning environment. Very importantly, we believe that a doctor is at any stage of their training is made better by their awareness, interest and application of sustainability and inclusivity in their practice. So we hope to engage with experts in the field in South Wales to organize uh specialist talks on EDI and in and sustainability to have students move the needle forward as these aren't particularly always discussed in a classical medical curriculum finally and least and most importantly, sorry. Um We hope to remind students about the enjoyable nature of surgery. As most often, we're f we're frequently presented with the more taxing aspects of it and the dis di difficult aspects of a surgical training pathway. So we hope to remind students that it can actually be really fun and enjoyable by showing them what it could be like in a day to day basis in the operating theater. So where we are right now on our timeline, we have, our station leads confirmed and we're very grateful for the consultants that have agreed to support us on our in our event by the end of this month, we hope to recruit our judges, particularly from the registrars and junior doctors present in our consultants teams already. And we also plan to begin advertising at this stage. By the middle of April, we'll begin sourcing equipment particularly from organizations that we have collaborated with in the past uh in our clinical skills er sessions and our clinical skills team will take lead on this. And by the ear, early stages of May, we'll have all our stations formulated and we will have this is when student registration will also end all in the lead up to May 22nd, which we so far have as our d day for when the surgical showdown goes down. So it is a single day event comprising about 6 to 8 hours with three stations running in the morning, a break in between for our talks on inclusivity and ed er and sustainability and then three stations taking place in the afternoon. Uh We hope to collaborate with the cu women and surgery society to organize our EDI talk specifically about the barriers faced to intersectional er equality in the field of surgery. The event will run at the Cardiff University Medical School campus and uh most importantly, it contributes to valuable surgical portfolio career points, uh portfolio training pathway points, particularly in the specialty of um surgical taster weeks. Students can have the opportunity to gain up to three points for five non consecutive days of surgical taster weeks and our event will comprise one day. All participants are of course given a certificate of attendance at the end of the event and you will have prizes as detailed for 1st, 2nd and 3rd place. Ok. Quickly going over our advertising plan then leading up to the event itself, we will utilize Cardiff University is already existing network on social media such as on Instagram and Facebook to advertise our event. We also plan on collaborating with Swansea University as we have on past and current ongoing events to utilize their network to actually reach out to our regional audience. We also plan on advertising with other surgical National Surgical Societies to give a shout out and increase our national viewing. We ourselves will also go post lectures to give shout outs to Cardiff University students and encourage them to explore the field of surgery and join us. We will utilize our newsletters. Finally, with our finances, we plan to make full use of the 500 lbs if we do get it and use this money purposefully around 200 lbs for surgical and dr equipment. About 70 for gifts for judges and speakers, about 100 lbs for prizes for the winners and about 30 lbs for refreshments. Thank you so much for hearing us out today and we really, really appreciate your consideration. Thank you so much. That was a really, really interesting proposal and you can see a lot of work has gone into it. My first question is what do you envision as the biggest challenges in putting this event together and how do you plan to mitigate them? Thank you for that question. So we think the biggest challenge in putting this together will actually be organizing the stations themselves in a way that is time efficient, but also covers the key points of each case because we do want students to actually leave with a good understanding of what they've launched there. So for that, we have, we're planning on collaborating with these amazing consultants. We've already reached out to in order to design it as best as possible. So we hope that we can lessen that challenge. Therefore, by putting as much thought into it at this stage, we also have a very experienced committee of about 11 to 12 students, all of whom are in their clinical years of training and have done oy before iski before. And so we regularly run ISKI practices for our juniors who are currently undergoing their exams. And so we're quite used to undertaking a station based event like this. OK. Thank you very much. Are there any questions from the crowd? If not, I've got one, you know how this is aimed towards second to fifth year medical students and you're rewarded for diagnostic skills and operating skills. Do you think you're going to standardize you if you're comparing a second year? I didn't know anything in second year compared to 1/5 year. That's a great question actually. And we have thought about this. So once we get all our applicants in, we'll actually ask them to tell us your that in beforehand, we'll then sit together and create the six teams comprising of students across second year to fifth year. So there's a mix of students in each group. This will also allow participants a better chance to work with each other different stages in their training, sort of simulating where they would be even after medical school. So hopefully that helps standardize the teams and provide a more sort of equal knowledge base before actually going into it. Yeah, I think you, I think that's fine. Yeah. Thank you so much. Thank you. Thank you so much. Thank you. Perfect. So if we can have the next society up to the stage, which is the University of Leicester, I'm just gonna test the OK. Hi, everyone. Uh My name is Ismael. I'm one of the fourth year medical students from the University of Leicester. And today I'll be talking about a, a proposal for an exclusive Surgical Skills Day which we hope to hold out at university. Uh So before I begin, uh I'd just like to point to focus everyone who's worked really hard to make this proposal possible as you can see all the names here and this is what I'll be going through today. So uh the background to our proposal, why it's important what we hope to achieve uh what the event will actually entail and what we hope to uh get out of it in terms for students and also for the literature itself. Uh So what is our proposal about um to begin with? I just wanna just uh give you some quick statistics. Did you know that just over 13% of students uh report receiving adequate seizure training in medical school? Not even 1/5 of medical students are taught not time. And did you know that not even 50% of final year medical students are prepared to suture and supervised even more concerning um there are several barriers and challenges experienced by medical students in their surgical educations. Um And I think this like short thematic analysis puts it into focus quite nicely. Like you can see a lot of like challenges you you yourselves may have faced when whilst getting involved in theater environments and your surgical education, maybe long hours are waiting around to get involved or a lack of opportunity. So you might be asking yourself, why am I telling you all this? What is the significance of all this information? All these statistics? Well, there's several important reasons why, firstly, because it represents the fact that there's limited opportunities for uh UK medical students to even learn basic su er surgical skills and the GMC mandates proficiency and basic surgical skills for graduated uh doctors. So this is very concerning and in the of itself, it's led to poor participation of students during placements. It's even affected students desire to pursue surgery as a career. As you can imagine if you're not getting involved, you're going to be very demotivated. And it's even led to declining, it's led to declining applications to surgical training posts throughout the UK as well. So obviously, this is a big topic and you would imagine quite a lot has been done to tackle this, which is correct. There's been surgical skills days, simulation days and e learning. But why is the problem with all these uh current initiatives which have taken place? They're expensive. They employ only small sample sizes and they only tend to assess short term outcomes. Like what uh like for example, in surgical skills days, what happens during the day and that's it, there's no long term follow up and they tend to be focused on a single specialty uh rather than allowing students to develop skills around a across a broad range of specialties essentially. Um But we do know they work because students have rated them highly, for example, surgical skills days. And we, and it's even influenced students to get more involved in theater. So we do, we do know they work. It's just the fact that they have these limitations. So let's talk about our proposal. So what we hope to do is to basically give students an opportunity to get involved in an immersive day of hands on workshops. With animal models, 3d printed models and other cheap and novel approaches to surgical scenarios. So essentially what we want to do is we want to give workshops for a variety of surgical specialties and immerse students in those scenarios to kind of cultivate a surgeons mindset into them from an early stage in their career. I mean, this this is about like training the next generation of surgeons. So I think this is a really important thing and based on real life clinical scenarios. Um Yeah, so this is all we uh the things we hope to do. So all of the day actually involve. Uh so we hope to host around 100 medical students at at university uh just before the end of October. So essentially after the new academic year starts, because we wanna get students have students, have something to look forward to. So we want to do it after the summer holidays, it will be held at our university in Leicester. And we're going to ensure this event runs as smoothly as possible by working with surgeons in a variety of specialties, health and safety faculty as well and with the help of doctors and student facilitators. So this is the itinerary for the day. So we we hope to start at 10 a.m. It will give ample time for students across the UK to get to Leicester. Leicester has great accessible links and a central location. So it's very simple for others from UK uh major cities to get to the, I think this lecture which will be delivered by uh esteemed Max Back Surgeon Andrews uh will tie nicely into the event. He'll talk about how it's really important for students to get involved in the hands on workshops rather than learning anatomy. Just from books. We'll have a variety of workshops throughout the day and then we'll end with like a feedback session. So we hope to hold workshops in a variety of surgical specialties. I must admit they're not all the surgical specialties, for example, not pediatrics, but like most of them. So, breast surgery, vascular orthopedics, uh these, as you can see, these are some of the um workshops which we hope to um hold. So I think the first one is very nice, like we're going to take olives for example, and we're going to pretend they're like breast lumps and insert them into chicken breasts and get an ultrasound scanner to visualize those olives. So it'll give students a chance to practice many things and then like perform like wide local excision on these chicken breasts. We're going to use a variety of animals like porcine ters and even like bovine for carotid endarterectomy techniques in vascular surgery. So, the 3D bone models will be printed at a dedicated anatomy lab which we have at our university uh from like CT and MRI S from previous patients. So what do you, what do, what will this event actually like offer. So essentially in terms of the literature, we hope to, we, we, we, we hope to do a project basically where we do a pre workshop questionnaire, post workshop questionnaire and a questionnaire. Six months after I did mention earlier that there's no long term follow up for these students. So we want to see the long term effects of whether of how this like event has affected students. Has it motivated them to go to theater? Has it um like, inspired them to get involved in a particular surgical specialty? And essentially, uh we want, we want to do a project out of this. So we'll analyze the results and to mitigate any bias, we'll use cherries because uh in previous studies, cherries or like there was limited uh addressing of bias, selection bias. Essentially, this is the data will be collected both qualitative and quantitative. We want to understand students perspectives very well. And if this project is successful, like it will give, will help students from a variety of medical schools throughout the UK, from all year groups. And it'll give like evidence that the surgical skills workshops did work. And we hope to convince UK medical schools to integrate this into their curriculum, essentially the benefits for attendees. So there's many benefits. Uh I think one of the main ones to think about would be the fact that students are able to network with Stuer surgeons. Um uh There's a chance to collaborate like minded students become more involved in theater and we have a low cost as well associated with our proposal. Thank you very much uh for listening to me today. Do you have any questions? Brilliant. Another really, really insightful presentation. Um Does anybody have on, does anyone on the floor have any questions? I've got one potentially you say long term follow up and then you say six months. My first question to you is how was six months derived as being deemed long term? Six months is just one of the time points. I couldn't put it on slides but six do a six months, 12 months. It depends on how long we want the project to go on. I think 12 months is good enough to be honest. Is that evidence based? I think uh like we could follow up students even longer but then um some students, they'll be graduating and stuff. We want to see the effects on medical students themselves. So like because we want to get year fives involved as well. So I think 12 months is good. Could you not cater it towards which year they're in? Then you do more follow up if their second year, third year, for example, I think that's, that's a good option as well care. Thank you so much. Um My question was mainly related to you have a lot of different potential workshops that you're considering thinking logistically about running event. If you had to choose which ones would be, I guess most valuable to medical students. Which three would you choose? I would choose the workshops which uh I would choose workshops and specialties. Students have limited exposure to throughout medical school, the specialties. So like cardiothoracic, for example, I remember reading a study where like only 10% of students um like said they would have like placements in cardiothoracic. So cardio thoracic ent as well. There was like, there's limited opportunities for students to get involved in medical school and ent and neurosurgery. Like even personally, I've never had a neurosurgery placement at medical school. So I think giving student exposures to specialties, which they haven't got involved in, in medical school, you want students to make an informed choice when they, when they choose a surgical career. And I think given that breath of exposure is really important. Thank you. Brilliant. Thank you. So, um would we be able to call the next presentation up to the stage? Which is E CL? Oh, sorry, Edinburgh. Yeah. Yeah, we're a bit further north than UCL, but uh I'll take it, I'll take it. Um Good morning. It's lovely to see everyone. My name's Jingjing. I'm the president of the Edinburgh Surgical Society and I'm very pleased to present our proposal for Battle of the Surgical Society is the Surgical Skills Expo Precision in practice. Thank you very much to ast for having us. Oh, not too early. Um So before I get into the juicy part. Let me introduce E SSS, founded in 2005. We are one of the biggest surgical societies in the UK and Republic of Ireland. And E SSS aims to provide opportunities for medical students interested in surgical careers through delivering, designing and organizing a range of online and in person events and resources. E SSSS educational achievements have been recognized through the meal Exceptional Educator Award five times in a row for a regular positive feedback and accessibility, as well as being finalists in the Bright Networks Breaking Barriers awards. We are able to undertake a vast calendar of events every single year. Thanks to our terrific local surgical departments, close partnership with the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh and generous industry partners and sponsors who all provide generous financial support and resources as well as SS has grown dramatically. Thanks to our large social media platforms with a a combined following of over five K and over the last three years alone, we've run over 100 events to consistently high attendance while we've tried our best to offer surgical exposure locally. Uh I'm sure we've all noticed a shift towards generalism in medical schools which has come at the price of reduced exposure to specialties. Surgery being no exception, students interested in pursuing a surgical career must attain surgical skills outside of the medical school curriculum, relying on contacts and at significant financial costs perpetuating existing inequalities. We are very lucky in Edinburgh due to the close proximity of our Royal College and a very academic and very education driven faculty and supportive student union uh which provide us a lot of resources and finances um to provide above and beyond the average student society. This is why we'd like to use our resources for the greater good a national surgical exposure event that bridges the gaps in undergraduate training demystifies surgical careers and skills and encourages early interest in surgery, which would be the surgical skills Expo. The aim of the surgical Skills Expo is to deliver high quality comprehensive surgical exposure at minimal cost and at maximum accessibility. This event is intended to take place in the beautiful and historic Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh with the kind support of the outreach team R CS who have previously provided us many venue and catering for a lot of our events. It'll be a full day event in October um and that is to be after fresher season to allow for maximum attendance and plenty of publicity time as well. Tickets will be completely free for asset members and also yes, as s surgical skills club members, the annual membership for that being 5 lbs and there'll be a small fee of also around 5 lbs for any nonmembers as well. The day begins with a series of surgical career talks followed by stalls led by a variety of surgical trainees and senior medical students and after an all inclusive lunch. Attendees will be rotated through stations on Knots at LS and Fy surgical skills including fracture management and drain insertion. This event will involve collaborations with a number of our industry partners. We've got over 15 and current sponsors including organ like Zimmer Biomet and Eos Suro. As well as our esteemed and diverse local faculty. On top of the day of education, attendees uh will receive a complementary RC SA affiliate membership to help further their own surgical careers. Allow me to bring you through the program in a bit more depth. The morning talks are aimed to set the scene, inspire and invigorate students. The first talk day in the life of a surgeon provides an introduction regarding life as a surgeon, both inside and outside of the operating theater. Following this, the surgical portfolio talk will describe the CST scoring framework, the E log book and where to find different opportunities for career development as a medical student. And to round off the talks will be your future of surgery talk, which is most apt uh and it will provide an inspiring insight into future surgical practice including robotics, research and diversity related topics. There'll be time for questions and following this will be a networking break for students to chat more with our speakers and get refreshments before the next activity following refreshment, students will be able to engage with a selection of 20 different stalls over two hour periods. Uh This will be an informal session where students can attend any number of stalls that they wish uh as applicable to their experience, their stage and their interests. The large selection of stalls will prevent overcrowding and let students get the most out of each stall. And there are three types of stalls, competitions, career building and surgical skills. The competition stalls feature activities designed to teach and test qualities related to surgical practice, like fine motor skills, dexterity, clinical knowledge and teamwork in a fun interactive and supportive environment. To further motivate the best student at each stall will receive a surgical skills or career related prize, er including Citron kits, books and memberships. The career stalls are designed to provide opportunities to network with uh senior medical students and surgical trainees ask questions and get tips and tricks on various aspects of surgical careers and development including uh life outside of traditional practice, including working abroad with charities and in academics. Finally, the last but certainly not least and possibly the most important we have the surgical skills stalls designed to provide opportunities for students to learn basic surgical skills on a variety of models and skills for being in and also assisting in theater to motivate students to attend a range of stalls. Each student will be provided a 10 stall stamp card which upon completion will be entered into a final prize draw. After a refreshing all-inclusive lunch break, students will then be split into breakout rooms for the workshops and it will be a workshop carousel including a Knots workshop that aims at teaching non operative technical skills, including tactical decision making, communication, teamwork, and leadership and also clinical and surgical skills in the ATL S and Fy surgical skills crash course that will provide essential education to support the medical student transition from students to F Ys and later surgical trainees. Following this attendees will be brought back together for closing remarks and a prize giving. And we hope that this event would aid and demystify surgical careers and skills. And in addition, all profits of this event will go to our wonderful charity kids or R we've probably supported for over three years. The proposed Surgical Skills Expo is led by a core team including myself and for other E SSS committee members with overall responsibility for the design organization and delivery of this event with additional sponsorship, publicity and photographers and assistance as well. The most imminent action points are confirming our R CS ed support for this event which will confirm uh floor plans as well as participant capping and finalize our program including our intended tutors and volunteers and our learning outcomes for every stall and every workshop. Asset funding would cover materials including organ like synthetic models and attending name badges and faculty name badges. We'd also use funding to purchase asset, annual memberships and surgical kits as prizes for the stall winners so they can continue their surgical careers and venue hire and catering would be very kindly supported by R CS. Remaining resources will be sourced from the E SSS inventory, the Edinburgh Clinical Skills Department and our local hospitals who provided us with plenty of expired sutures and gowns and of course, uh our generous sponsors and our student union funds as well. We believe collaborating with asset would bring benefit to both of us as E SSS provide a resource abundant foundation to deliver an excellent event er and that benefits both asset members and local members, especially those further up north. Well, asset would provide us further reach and greater accreditation for our planned event, which is why we also plan on applying for CPT application uh which will bring further benefit to the students in attendance as well. So if you're looking for a high quality event that uncapture, comprehensive surgical skills and career building education, then the E SSS Surgical Skills Expo is the event to choose uh with an interactive program held in the beautiful city of Edinburgh. We promise investing in E SSS will provide a not to miss event for budding surgeons of all stages. Thank you for listening and having us here. Please do scan the QR code to continue the conversation. Any questions? Thank you very much again for another great con another great presentation. Um If there are any questions, I'd think Roberta has a question. So what for? But so the event actually exists in October which has past uh our current committee's academic year. Um Our current committee are staying, are planning to stay on for the next year uh and will be held in tandem with next year's events and we plan on having this reorganized each year uh depending on the success of this event and how much reach we can actually get from this event and how much benefit attendees find because if it's not beneficial to attendees, then there's no point in us running it again. Any other questions in the crowd? In which case, I have a very quick question. So if you were to kind of say in one line, what the kind of key differentiating feature of this event would be? How would you go about that one line to describe how this event, how this event differentiates itself from other surgical events, comprehensive, interactive and for every surgical stage. Brilliant. Thank you. Thank you. But could we have you cell up to the stage? Thank you. OK. Uh Good morning, everybody. My name is Zara and I'm the president of UCL Surgical Society and I'm here today to present to you why we think we should be awarded the Asset Battle of the Surgical Societies Prize 2024 for our series of virtual reality surgical simulation workshops. So I'd like to start by setting the scene. Why is this event necessary medical students currently do not get the practical experience. They need to ensure that surgery is a career they would like to pursue. And this was highlighted by my colleague from Leicester just previously and also in the assets response to the GMC undergraduate curriculum with the declining representation of surgery in medical school. And it's particularly pertinent because students who undertook a practical aspect of their surgical rotation reported a seven times increased motivation to pursue a career in surgery. And we understand this can be hard on placement. There's a lot of skills required that students may not necessarily have. So one potential way to mitigate this is through vertical reality Surgical Simulation at Surgical Society. We are very fortunate to be affiliated with the Royal Free Simulation Center, which is home to eight virtual reality simulators. These are some real photos from our center on the left, you can see the lap mentor three in use and the appendicectomy program. You can see there is one expert to three students here guiding mentoring and collaborating together. This is the real room size. You can see a couple of our other simulators behind. And on the right, you can see the colectomy module in progress. What makes these simulators different to virtual reality headsets or other simulation methods is the high fidelity haptic feedback that the user receives. Now, what this means in real terms is that users can feel the organs for themselves. So it's more translatable to real surgery. You can also get a better understanding of the anatomy by moving the ligaments around or what does clipping this duct here do compared to further down or more distal to this. The simulation center is used to train future surgeons at all stages from medical students right through to registrars and there's a wide range of procedures and specialties covered. So general surgery, we've got the appendicectomy, the colectomy. Uh there's obstetrics and gynecology covered. So procedures including salpingo oophorectomies and vascular surgery. So, procedures like renal artery interventions and many more, the center is also a center for VR Surgical education Research. And this is a couple of papers that have been published from our center in the American Journal of Surgery which validate the use of the simulators and describe a curriculum for laparoscopic appendicectomy and validation of this. Now, moving on to the event itself, we aim to run this event three times with 14 students at each event which will yield a total of 42 students attending. And these figures are based on some previous research from our um society which state that around 45 students usually attend our practical events. The day itself will begin with a networking reception with some refreshments, followed by a welcome talk from Dr Berlinger who is the head of VR Surgical Simulation Research at the center. And then the students will move on to this circuit. There are six different stations covering different specialities with a rest station and there'll be a ratio of two students to one expert per station, enabling personalized feedback for students. There will be then be a final talk by Dr Berlinger and certificates of achievement will be awarded and there will be further information for students on how they can pursue more courses at the center. In terms of what we will use the kind asset funding for. If we are awarded the prize, these simulators are expensive and the maintenance of them is really important to make sure that they are functioning correctly. So without the funding, the cost to students would be 35 lbs for the day. And with the funding, this will be reduced to 20 lbs for asset members and 25 lbs for non members. And any remaining funds will be spent on refreshments in terms of planning in March where we are now, we have started the event forms for the Students Union. We're in the process of confirming faculty with Dr Berlinger helping us with this and the social media advertisement will begin at the end of the month. Ticket sales will begin on the first of April and closed on the 21st of April with the aim of having our free workshops in May. And I'd like to thank all the committee who were involved in this proposal, some of whom are listed on screen and also for the support of Doctor Pascula Bellinger and Professor Furin, whose support was invaluable throughout this process. Thank you. Thank you very much for another exciting proposal. Um Are there any questions from the floor? I got them and you know, the seven workshops that you presented, how other than rest, obviously, how the six derived, how did you come to a consensus that they were the most suitable to run this in terms of the choice of workshops? So we really wanted to cover a range of specialities. So that's what we've aimed, we've started quite basic. So starting with the psychomotor skills itself and in real terms, what the these are. So for example, you'll have a few balls under some kind of jelly and then you have your two probes and you're using it to move and then move the ball. So if we start more simple, then we can apply this to different specialties as the students move around. So they can kind of see a range of things that the center does provide if they do want to undertake further courses. And then what about the rest of the stations? Um So yeah, each station covers a different course that the center runs. So they can it kind of tailors their interest to see what they might like to pursue in future. Because one of the center's key values is high frequency training um which you would think kind of contradicts this idea of having a workshop day. But this is really meant to be a platform for students. So they can undertake further education if this is something that they are interested in. Thank you. I have a question as well. So of course, you've shown that it's very, very evidence based and I think it's a really exciting proposal. What metrics would you think are the most salient to capture to prove that the workshops are effective? So I think one of the great things about having the simulators is that you get of objective measures on screen. So number of movements you've made with the equipment or accuracy of clipping. So there's electrical stations. What's your efficiency with this time that you're not actually on the vessel, but you are using the electrical. So using these measures, we can, we can plot this through the statistics to show that this is improving for students. Ok. Thank you. Great. Thank you so much. Thank you so much. Please. Could we have our last presenter of the day? Um Sheffield up to the stage. I ok. So yeah, good morning everyone. My name is Sid. So there's a pressing need for medical students, trainees and doctors at all stages to be sufficiently proficient in entrepreneurship and innovation. At the moment, the current landscape of health care and especially surgical care in trans is transforming at a rapid pace and innovative ideas and solutions ranging from digital therapeutics to new surgical devices are being introduced at a seemingly daily rate. Additionally, there is a growing interest among students and trainees to get involved in entrepreneurship and health tech at an early stage and spearhead the new wave of innovation, health care. Yet at the moment, there seems to be a lack of opportunities for medical students, trainees and even consultants to help cultivate this interest and develop development experiences required to become medical entrepreneurs and innovators. So what is our idea? So we would like to introduce H for surgery, see, one do one pitch, one so half for surgery will be a one of us kind event with three overarching aims. Firstly, we want attendees to learn from experienced surgical leaders with an extensive background of innovation, entrepreneurship, and innovation, entrepreneurship, and leadership in surgery. Secondly, hack for surgery will give attendees the perfect hotspot to collaborate, develop and pitch an innovative new idea to a panel of judges to help combat a surgical issue facing the NHS in the UK at the moment. Finally, half for surgery will give all attendees the opportunity to network and interact with current healthcare healthcare start ups and companies to learn about how their journey into the market took place. So half for surgery will be a two day in person event taking place in Sheffield and it will be free for asset members and um sufficiently reduced for nonmembers. We wanna make the event as accessible as possible. A lot of conferences are extremely expensive for medical students and with our funding and potentially with access funding, we wanna make this as potentially accessible as possible. Uh We also want the potentially to invite non healthcare students to the event. I know obviously a healthcare company and healthcare company needs a diverse range of attendees from students from technical backgrounds, computer science and business. If you want to invite attendees from nonmedical backgrounds too, to hopefully allow for more collaboration to take place. So coming to propose AAA agenda day, one of after surgery will begin with a morning of talks delivered by in innovators, entrepreneurs and leaders covering a variety of areas such as developing a digital solution, navigating the NHS landscape, translating ideas from the bedside to the market and how to deliver an effective pitch. These talks will not only give attendees valuable insight to the overall journey of a start up from conception to product, but it will also provide them with foundational knowledge base, foundational knowledge base to jump start their own journey to develop an idea for the rest of the event. This will this will be followed by a period of networking collaboration where attendees will be able to talk to and interact with other attendees and form teams among themselves based on specific interests, specific backgrounds and skill sets and overall vision. The hope is that by targeting us as large pool of members, the teams will be able to have a variety of individuals from different stages, places and backgrounds. And finally, on day one, the rest of the day will be spent with the formed teams working on developing the idea to help solve a pertinent issue facing surgical care in the UK and the NHS um particular key areas that attending could look to target or how to reduce their evergrowing surgical waiting lists, how to enable sustainable and delivery of surgical care in the UK and globally and how to improve surgical training, accessibility and time in the operating theater. Attendees will spend the rest of their day working on the ideas before returning the next day. For day two in the morning of day two, attendees will continue to work on the ideas before delivering their idea to a panel of judges consisting of innovators, leaders and surgeons. These judges will then decide a winning team who will be avoided a monetary grant with the help of so so and asset and then we also had opportunity to potentially partner up research. So asset and any potential investors or um um panelists involved to help further the idea and take it to the market day two will then be followed up by a start up and digital health tech fair. So this will be similar to what's you know, happening in asset outside right now where a bunch of different companies and help start ups will come and showcase the devices and technology and students will have the opportunity to walk around network and discuss what day journey to the market was. These companies will involve a few companies that we worked with in the past years such as innova virtual reality in medicine for surgery and brain labs, but also other companies that we are targeted to and are talking to at the moment such as GP Automate Clear Bone and cross cover. So, pro pro proposed timeline, so this event is gonna be taking place in October 2024. So that means that we're gonna have a new committee. So we're hoping to start planning as soon as our committee finishes handover in April. And then following April, we're gonna start planning a committee. We hope to create a subcommittee just for this event. So this is something that we worked on for our conference where we created this conference subcommittee and it worked really well. So we're gonna create a um event subcommittee. And then over the next um 5 to 6 months, we're gonna start planning with dedicated meetings, dedicated timelines and um fixed checkpoints. We hope to finalize all the details by end of September and hope to run it on a weekend in mid October. But why us? So Sheffield Surgical Society is uh one of the largest so societies in the U um in Sheffield with over 200 active members, we have a committee of 15 members, a strong dedicated committee of 15 members and ranging from a wide range of years, we have hosted multiple events this year and we have um committed to timelines and we stick to deadlines. Um We have a large social media following over 1600 members at the moment. On our Instagram, we've hosted a 600 member um 600 sign up teaching series in the past year, ranging from um eight teaching series to over a course of eight months. Each month this year was dedicated sur uh um surgeon surgical specialty with talks delivered workshops for the specialty. We hosted our surgical idol which saw over 100 attendees and surgeons from different specialties battling to see who's the best surgeon or which is the best specialty. We hosted workshops on dynamic hip screw vascular anastomosis, microsurgery. And we are, we also and BCC flaps. And just yesterday, we hosted our 12th annual surgical conference. We had over 100 attendees, 11 sponsors and raised over 8 to 100 lbs in ticketing this um in conference. We also, in this past year, we collaborated with um eight companies as sponsors. So thank you for listening and we hope to partner with Asset Program. The Thank you very much. That was also a really, really nice presentation. Um Does the floor have any questions I've got, you're mentioning that the students are going to pitch. How are they going to be assessed? Like what derives the winning pitch essentially? Yeah. So I guess we had to develop a more that's going to be in communication with the judges and panelists. So we obviously going to get people from background of innovation, people who have done tech competitions, pitches I guess logically some cri there is realisticness. What is just um how actually adaptable can we use this? Um What's the feasibility? So we're not gonna be creating the marketing scheme because we don't have the experience to create a market scheme. But I guess working with the panelists and judges, we can create a marketing scheme that's, I guess built for students. We don't want to also judge them on a scale of like entrepreneurs, but this is more of like an initial event. Yeah. Thank you so much. I have a very quick question. So on day two, you mentioned that you wanted to do a digital health start up and you're already collaborating with different companies. How would you secure buy in from a lot of different companies to come to an event for students? So I guess our aim is for early stage startups and for them, the biggest thing for them is awareness, more people know that's better for them. So I guess giving them opportunity where multiple students and different company, different other companies also coming and networking gives them a benefit to come talk to other students. Um I guess, yeah, for them, I give give providing them a platform to showcase their project, talking to other students, I guess gives them a bigger reach and that also gives students opportunity to talk to other startups. Thank you very much. So that concludes all the presentations for today. So we're just going to give it a few minutes and we're going to kind of decide the, the winners and the runners up and we'll be back to you shortly. Thank you.