End the wait for people who need life-saving transplants – DonateLife Week 2016

End the wait for people who need life-saving transplants – DonateLife Week 2016

Sydney University Surgical Society is again running an information stall to promote organ and tissue donation awareness during DonateLife Week 2016.

Today, more than 1,500 Australians on the waiting list to receive transplants. One day, you could transform the lives of 10 or more people by becoming a donor. If you’ve decided about becoming a donor, you need to register your decision on the Australian Organ Donor Register and most importantly, discuss it with your loved ones.

You can get involved by doing any of the following:

  • Visit the SUSS DonateLife Week information stall on Eastern Avenue, University of Sydney, on Tuesday, August 2 and Thursday, August 4 and pick up some free merchandise and fill in a form to register your decision with the Australian Organ Donor Register.
  • Stay tuned for details of our Transplant Symposium in early September – we have confirmed an intensive care specialist and a transplant surgeon to speak, plus more to come!
  • Like the DonateLife at Sydney University Facebook page to stay updated on the week’s events and for insights into the medicine, science, and personal aspects of organ donation.

Remember – you can help end the wait for people who need a life-saving or life-transforming transplant!

‘GI Extravaganza’ Surgical Revision Day

‘GI Extravaganza’ Surgical Revision Day

SUSS is proud to be collaborating with the UNSW Surgical Society to host a one-day intensive review of abdominal surgery. The program will include a comprehensive, high-yield overview of surgical anatomy and abdominal surgery, and is tailored to final year medicine exams.

This event will be valuable for senior medical students preparing for surgical barrier exams and long cases. Junior students are also welcome, but final and penultimate year students will be given preference.

Date: Saturday, July 30, 2016
Time: 9.00 am – 4.00 pm
Venue: Central Lecture Block 7, University of New South Wales Kensington campus

The schedule for the day is as follows:

9 – 10 am: GI Anatomy and Blood Supply Revision with Dr Tim Wang (SET trainee and Anatomy X course coordinator)
10 – 11 am: Oesophagogastric Surgery with Dr Steve Leibman (Oesophagogastric Surgeon at Royal North Shore Hospital)
11 – 11:30 am: Break
11:30 am – 12:30 pm: Hepatobiliary and Pancreatic Surgery with Professor David Morris (Surgical Oncologist, St George Hospital)
12:30 – 1 pm: Ventral Hernias
1 – 2 pm: Lunch
2 – 3 pm: Colorectal Surgery with Dr Andrew Gilmore (Head, Colorectal Unit Liverpool Hospital)
3 – 4 pm: Abdominal Trauma with Dr Jeremy Hsu (Director of Trauma, Westmead Hospital)

Registration for this event is essential:

Annual General Meeting 2016

Dear Members,

Notice is hereby given for the Annual General Meeting of the Sydney University Surgical Society, which will be held on Monday 27th June at 6:00pm in Bosch Lecture Theatre 1, University of Sydney.

The agenda will include:

1) President’s Report

2) Constitutional Amendments
All motions must be sent to the Society Secretary by 20th June (Kevin Phan, kpha5955@uni.sydney.edu.au). In the interests of time, only motions with notice will be considered at the meeting.

The current constitution is available here.

3) Elections
Nominations for positions will be taken from the floor or via proxy (see below). Candidates must be nominated by a third party, have their nomination seconded by another third party, and accept their nomination. Positions include and will be voted on in the following order:

Executive positions
1. President
2. Vice President
3. Secretary
4. Treasurer

Committee positions
5. Research Officer
6. Information, Communications and Technology (ICT) Officer
7. Skills Lab Coordinator
8. Community Officer
9. Stage 1 and 2 Representatives
10. Clinical School Representatives: 1 for each of Concord, RPA, Nepean, Northern, SAN, Westmead

Please RSVP on the Facebook event.

Yours sincerely,

Nathalie Rasko

ADDENDUM 4/6/2016

We are pleased to announce that this year, for the first time ever, we are going to accept nominations from students who are unable to attend the AGM in person. If you can attend, please do so. However, if you are a Stage 3 student and currently on an out-of-town rotation, you are in luck.

Email the President, Nathalie Rasko, at nras4398@uni.sydney.edu.au and include the following:
– Your name and SMP stage
– The position(s) you are running for (you will be nominated in the order of position, which is listed in the ‘About section’)
– Speech that will be read out on your behalf at the AGM: write 150 words about your previous experience and why members should vote for you. If you are running for an Executive position, you can write 250 words.
– A passport-style photo of yourself which will be included in the powerpoint in your absence (so people know who they are voting for).


SUSS and Level Medicine Present Women in Surgery Grand Rounds

SUSS and Level Medicine Present Women in Surgery Grand Rounds

SUSS and Level Medicine are very excited to present a special Grand Rounds on ‘Women in Surgery’.

Five surgeons have generously donated their time for the evening to discuss issues that face all genders. All are welcome to come to hear this diverse panel share their thoughts on work/life balance, surgical training and careers, future directions for the surgical profession, and of course their passion for surgery!

Headshot of Dr Pecky de Silva Dr Pecky de Silva is a Vascular Surgeon working at Hornsby Hospital and the Sydney Adventist Hospital. She finished her training in January 2013. During training she went to Singapore for a year and Edinburgh for a year. She started in private practice in November 2013 and in public practice September 2105. She works part time: 3-4 days a week usually, but she is on call 1 in 2, so she can end up working on a day off! She works part-time because she has a gorgeous 3-year-old girl who was born in June 2013. Pecky loves being a surgeon and has a great work-life balance!


Headshot of Dr Carolyn Jameson Dr Carolyn Jameson (MBBS BSc(Hons) PhD(Med) FRACS) is a qualified bariatric and advanced laparoscopic surgeon with experience across a number of subspecialty areas. She is a Staff Specialist General Surgeon at Auburn Hospital, surgeon with Sydney Bariatric Clinic, Clinical Lead in Surgery for the eMeds/eMR project at RPA and VMO at Westmead Private Hospital, Norwest Private Hospital and HSS. She completed her surgical training through St Vincent’s Hospital Sydney, Royal Darwin Hospital and RPA. She undertook post-fellowship training in head and neck surgery, surgical oncology, renal and pancreas transplantation and bariatric surgery at the Westmead Hospitals. Dr Jameson is an examiner for RACS, faculty member for the HETI GDESS, tutor for the University of Notre Dame medical school, member of the Racesafe medical motor racing retrieval team and a member of the Kolling Institute of Medical Research. She has worked in regional NSW and overseas in the Solomon Islands and Nepal. Outside her surgical life, Dr Jameson is busy with her family and 3 children.

Headshot of Dr Henry WooDr Henry Woo is a urological surgeon with a sub-specialised practice in prostate disease. He has particular research interests in novel treatments for BPH and prostate cancer. He is a board director of the Australian and New Zealand Uro-genital and Prostate Cancer Trials Group (ANZUP) and the Australian Urological Foundation (AUF). He has published extensively and is on the editorial boards of several international journals. He is the Professor of Surgery at the Sydney Adventist Hospital Clinical School of the University of Sydney. Outside of medicine, his interests lie with ‘retro stuff’, vinyl records, live music, travel industry, social media activism and fitness.

Picture of Dr Mifanwy Reece Dr Mifanwy Reece is a SET 4 General Surgical Registrar currently doing Colorectal Surgery at Concord Hospital. Her subspecialty interests include Colorectal and Upper GI Surgery. She lives in Sydney during the week but her home is on the Central Coast, where she hopes to work in the future. Her partner is a Colorectal Surgeon and they have a beautiful 2 year old son who they say is their greatest achievement. Dr Reece loves her job and surgery was an easy career choice to make – but her life is far from easy! She gets a lot of help (a nanny, an au pair, cleaners, parents who visit often and fill the freezer with food, and most importantly, a very supportive partner and devoted father to her son). Dr Reece believes she is a better mother because she has a fulfilling career and she is a better doctor because she is a Mum. She looks forward to a time when surgical training is more flexible so trainees can achieve greater work-life balance – for family, research or whatever they choose.

Dr Amanda Cuss (B Med Sci Hons, MBBS Hons, B Health Sci) is a SET 3 trainee currently doing Breast Oncoplastic Surgery at Chris O’Brien Life House. Breast Surgery is her area of interest as she enjoys open surgery, the patient dynamics and the ongoing interaction with patients and the multidisciplinary care. It’s also probably slightly more malleable in terms of career and life balance. Dr Cuss has trained at multiple places: Blacktown Hospital, Canterbury Hospital, Concord Hospital, and RPA Hospital, as well as Lismore Base Hospital, Prince of Wales Hospital and Royal Hospital for Women. She has a research background in Immunology from the Centenary Institute and the Garvan Institute. She has just come back from maternity leave and returned to work with a 7.5 month old baby boy. She looks forward to chatting with the medical students and providing an honest view of life as a surgical trainee.

Date: Thursday, June 23, 2016
Time: 6.00 – 7.30 pm
Venue: Kerry Packer Education Centre Auditorium, RPA Hospital

Please RSVP on the Facebook event.

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