SUSS Journal Club: Summer Break

Thank you to everyone who has joined us for Journal Club in 2017. We have had a lot of interesting topics from a range of year groups.

SUSS Journal club will be returning in 2018. Please sign up to our mailing list to be notified of our return and of subsequent journal club themes.

Have a relaxing time off and enjoy your summer break!

 

Orthopaedic Surgery Grand Rounds

Sydney University Surgical Society is pleased to host Abdominal Trauma Surgical Grand Rounds.

Dr Christine Castle is an orthopaedic surgeon based in Dee Why.

Details to follow.

 

Save the date:
Date: Tuesday 8th May 2018
Time: 6.00 – 7.00 pm
Venue: To be announced.

RSVP on the Facebook event page

Congenital Heart Surgery Grand Rounds

 

 

 

Sydney University Surgical Society is pleased to host Congenital Heart Surgery Grand Rounds.

Dr Yishay Orr will present her perspectives as a Paediatric and Adult Cardiothoracic Surgeon, discussing several cases of adult and paediatric congenital heart disease.

Dr Orr graduated from UNSW in 1999, then progressed through intern and residency years in Sydney before commencing work in cardiothoracic surgery. During her training, Dr Orr completed her research PhD investigating neutrophils and the systemic inflammatory response to cardiopulmonary bypass through the School of Medical Sciences at the University of NSW. After obtaining Fellowship of the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons, Dr Orr embarked on 3 years of paediatric cardiac surgery training, with 2 years at The Children’s Hospital at Westmead followed by a year-long Fellowship at Texas Children’s Hospital.

Dr Orr is a VMO at Westmead Hospital, VMO at Sydney Children’s Hospital Network, and VMO Cardiothoracic Transplant Surgeon at St Vincent’s Hospital. Dr Orr is also Supervisor of Surgical Education and Training (Cardiothoracic Surgery) at The Children’s Hospital, Westmead. In addition to her clinical work, Dr Orr is a Paediatric Cardiothoracic Surgeon for Open Heart International and has undertaken humanitarian work in countries such as Myanmar, India Papua New Guinea and several others.

This grand rounds will be particularly relevant to Stage 1 students in Cardiology block; however, students from all stages and clinical schools are welcome.

Date: Tuesday 31 October, 2017
Time: 6.00 – 7.00 pm
Venue: Carslaw Lecture Theatre 275
RSVP on the Facebook event page

SUSS Stage 2 Suturing Skills Workshop

SUSS is running a series of workshops to help students acquire basic suturing skills. The workshops are at aimed at the beginner level, focusing on simple interrupted suturing technique, with the opportunity to try more advanced techniques upon mastery, as per the RACS competencies guideline. Attendance at the workshops will incur a cost of $2 to help cover the cost of the suturing materials.

There will be a total of six 1-hour sessions run across two days with each session capable of accommodating up to 10 students. Due to the limited spots available and the tendency for these workshops to be oversubscribed, we ask that students only sign up for workshops on dates they are CERTAIN they are available. It isn’t fair to those who miss out on a place when we have empty spots during the workshops due to no-shows. If you do have to pull out from your allocated session, timely notification is appreciated and will allow us to reach out to students who are next in line.

Please register via Google Docs

When: Saturday 7th and Saturday 14th October 2017
Cost: $2

Once we have finalised the sessions, you will receive an email notifying you of your allocated session and any further instructions for the day.

For some learning resources, please visit our surgical skills page prior to the session

SUSS and UNSW Women in Medicine: Women in Surgery Skills Workshop

“A good surgeon has an eagle’s eyes, a lion’s heart, and a lady’s hand.”

SUSS and UNSW Women in Medicine are hosting the Women in Surgery Skills Workshop on October 12th.

Women are under-represented at all levels of the surgical profession, making it crucial to break down stereotypes, build confidence, learn practical skills, and have female surgical role models. Come to the inaugural Women in Surgery Skills Workshop to network with a team of AMAZING female surgeons and make friends with medical students from the UNSW and the University of Sydney. Surgery could be the career choice for you!

This workshop has limited places available — 15 female medical students each from USyd and UNSW will be randomly selected from all applicants. Register at the link below before 11:59pm September 28th.

Registration is essential: https://goo.gl/forms/SZ6mRwT6JOPh8n9J3  (CLOSED)

NOTE: this event is only open to female medical students at the University of New South Wales and the University of Sydney.

SUSS October Journal Club: Cardiac Surgery

The theme of the October SUSS Journal Club is cardiac surgery.
Our first presenter is Aran Kanagaratnam (stage 1 SMP student), who will present a clinical trial comparing transcatheter (TVAR) and surgical aortic-valve replacements. TAVR is a new therapy for patients with severe aortic stenosis who are not candidates for surgery or who are at high risk for complications due to surgery.
 
Next Bronwen Needham (stage 2 SMP student) will present a systematic review of early outcomes in synchronous carotid endarterectomy and off-pump coronary bypass. Emerging evidence suggests that synchronous off-pump coronary artery bypass graft and carotid endarterectomy (OPCAB-CEA) is a viable alternative to performing the operations in stages, and that avoiding cardiopulmonary bypass (ie. performing the operation off-pump) may reduce the risk of perioperative stroke. For her MD Project, Bronwen is undertaking an updated Systematic Review investigating whether outcomes for patients undergoing this synchronous, combined operation off-pump are better than those for patients undertaking the same operation on-pump (CABG-CEA).
 
This is the last journal club meeting for 2017 so don’t miss out.
All are welcome. 
 
Presenters:
 
Aran Kanagaratnam
 
Transcatheter or Surgical Aortic-Valve Replacement in Intermediate-Risk Patients.
Leon, Martin B., et al. (2016).
The New England Journal of Medicine, 374 (17): 1609-1620.
 
Bronwen Needham
 
Synchronous carotid endarterectomy and off-pump coronary bypass: an updated, systematic review of early outcomes.
Fareed, K.R, et al. (2009).
European Journal of Vascular & Endovascular Surgery, 37, 375-8.
 
 
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2017 Golden Scalpel Games Results

Congratulations to the University of Sydney team for finishing in the top 4 at the Student Golden Scalpel Games over the weekend! We are very proud of the team for their dedication these past few months and for delivering a stellar performance despite being under high pressure on game day. The stations included laparoscopic anatomy, wound management, knot tying, wound debridement, instrument naming and plastering.  
Team members – Kevin Ce Kang, Konrad Schulz, Lise Kempler, Nathaniel Deboever, Shelley Hubley, Ashley Frois (reserve) 
Mentors – Abraham Rizkalla & Kiane Zhou
Team leader – Steven Paredes
HETI liaison – Deanna Lee
 

A big thank you to the staff at RPA Institute of Academic Surgery as well as our surgeon mentors, Dr Carolyn Jameson and Dr Jonathan Hong, for generously donating their time to train our team. We would also like to thank HETI and Royal Australasian College of Surgeons for organising the event.

Keep a look out for next year’s recruitment! 

 

SUSS September Journal Club: Peritonectomy and HIPEC

Thanks to everyone who joined us last month!

The theme for the September SUSS Journal Club is Peritonectomy and HIPEC (Hyperthermic intraperitoneal chemotherapy).

Peritonectomy is a cytoreductive surgery to remove cancer from the peritoneal cavity. In the combined HIPEC procedure, the cavity is additionally treated with heated chemotherapy. While previously only offered at St. George Hospital, a new peritonectomy service has been established at RPA this year in April. This procedure is rare and complex but offers the only possibility of cure for many patients. Research continues to establish the best treatment protocols and patient selection criteria. This month we are very fortunate as one of our speakers is both a student in the SMP and a scrub nurse at RPA who has participated in this surgery. She will present a broad review of the procedure. This will be followed by a study comparing outcomes of two chemotherapy drugs used in HIPEC.

All are welcome. We hope to see you there!

Date: Thursday, September 21st 2017
Time: 6:00 – 7:00 pm
Venue: RPAH Institute of Academic Surgery
Topic: Peritonectomy and HIPEC (Hyperthermic intraperitoneal chemotherapy).

Presenters:

Natalie Armstrong
Cytoreductive surgery and hyperthermic intraperitoneal chemotherapy in the management of gastrointestinal cancers with peritoneal metastases: Progress toward a new standard of care. Sugarbaker, Paul H. (2016) Cancer Treatment Reviews 48: 42-49.

Nicole Cain
Oxaliplatin versus Mitomycin C for HIPEC in colorectal cancer peritoneal carcinomatosis. Leung, V., et al. (2017) European Journal of Surgical Oncology 43 (1): 144-149.

Hope to see you there!

Nicole Cain
Research Officer | Sydney University Surgical Society

SUSS Abdominal Trauma Grand Rounds

SUSS Abdominal Trauma Grand Rounds

Sydney University Surgical Society is pleased to host Abdominal Trauma Surgical Grand Rounds.

Dr Jeremy Hsu will present his perspectives as a trauma surgeon, discussing several cases.

Dr Hsu is the Director of Trauma at Westmead Hospital. He is a general surgeon with subspecialty training in trauma/surgical critical care as well as breast cancer surgery. Dr Hsu graduated from Sydney University in 2002 and completed his basic surgical training in Sydney. He undertook a fellowship at Harborview Medical Centre in Seattle, Washington, USA, in trauma/surgical critical care. Following this, he completed a breast cancer surgery fellowship at the Westmead Breast Cancer Institute.

Apart from clinical practice, Dr Hsu also holds a clinical academic appointment at the University of Sydney.

This event will be particularly relevant to Stage 2 students in Gastroenterology block; however, students from all stages and clinical schools are welcome.

Please RSVP via our Facebook Event

SUSS August Journal Club: Anaesthetics & Post-Op Complications

Journal Club is back!

 

The use of anaesthesia is common among all surgical specialties and involves the maintenance of normal physiology and avoidance of complications both during surgery and post-operatively.

This month we will look at two trials researching the avoidance of post-operative nausea and vomiting; and residual neuromuscular block followed by a discussion of a student’s research into the same topic.

Anyone who is interested is welcome. Come along and join us!

Date: Wednesday, August 23rd 2017
Time: 6:00 – 7:00 pm
Venue: RPAH Institute of Academic Surgery
Topic: Anaesthetics and Post Operative Complications

Presenters:

David Cooper
DREAMS Trial Collaborators (2017), Dexamethasone versus standard treatment for postoperative nausea and vomiting in Gastrointestinal surgery: randomised controlled trial (DREAMS Trial). BMJ 2017;357:j1455

Akhil Bansal
Unterbuchner, C., Blobner, M., Pühringer, F., Janda, M., Bischoff, S., Bein, B., … & Fink, H. (2017). Development of an algorithm using clinical tests to avoid post-operative residual neuromuscular block. BMC anesthesiology, 17(1), 101.

Hope to see you there!

Nicole Cain
Research Officer | Sydney University Surgical Society

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