AimsHYMS Surgical Society aims to promote surgical careers amongst students and welcomes everyone to come to our events, workshops, and use our resources.
About usSo far this year the HYMS York surgical society has gone from strength to strength holding such events as “Your surgical speciality”, a portfolio skills evening, Swann Morton Scalpel training, laparocopic surgical skills and suture skills workshops as well as an introduction to dissection workshop. Many of these events have been new to our society this year but have been a fantastic success with HYMS students. In April 2013 we held our first National Undergraduate Surgical Conference. With internationally renowned guest speakers including Mr George Spink (clinical and regional lead for spinal surgery for Hull and East Yorkshire), Mr Edward Kiely (Great Ormond Street general surgeon featured on the BCC Great Ormond Street Programme famous for his work separating conjoined twins) and Professor Averil Mansfield (the first female professor of surgery) as well as surgical skills workshops and career skills workshops. The hands on surgical skills workshops included orthopaedic surgical skills (where delegates got to have a go at externally fixating a fracture using pins and orthopaedic drills), neurosurgery skills (delegates got to externally fixate a spinal fracture and biopsy a brain tumour), laparoscopic surgical skills (working on laparoscopic simulators) and suture skills workshops (both basic and plastic suture techniques). The careers workshops also featured a variety of helpful advice designed to help you progress in your career including portfolio skills, how to get into surgery, research poster skills and women in surgery. This event was a great success with excellent feedback from all delegates. The Surgical Society has also widened access to events providing more events and at more suitable times to facilitate increased phase 2 and 3 student attendance. Additionally we have increased our outreach programme working with more local schools this year to widen promotion of a medical and surgical career; we have been working closely with the HYMS widening participations teams and funded students from the schools they work with to attend the conference. Upcoming events to look out for are a Royal College of Surgeons surgical skills for students course, anatomy revision sessions and further suture skills workshops including intermediate and advanced workshops (this will include plastic suture skills).
As president I oversee the committee and all activities that the societies runs. I also organise events both locally and nationally e.g. National Surgical Society Conference and others such as suture workshops, electives night and prize night.