‘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.

SUSS City2Surf for Interplast 2016

SUSS City2Surf for Interplast 2016

On Sunday, August 14, Sydney University Surgical Society (SUSS) will once again run the City2Surf and raise funds to support Interplast.

Each year SUSS medical students run City2Surf in scrubs to raise money for Interplast Australia and New Zealand. In the last few years SUSS has raised over $20,000. All medical students are encouraged to run with us in 2016.

Interplast provide free surgical treatment for patients with congenital or acquired medical conditions such as cleft lip and palate or burn scar contractures in the Asia Pacific region who would otherwise not be able to afford access to such services.

There will be extremely casual Saturday morning runs most weekends between now and the race – to meet the team and get in shape for the big day.

See here for media coverage of the SUSS City2Surf campaign 2014: http://goo.gl/fFUS19v

How to get involved

***NOTE: If you register before June 15th, there is a $10 discount on rego price. If you register before May 31st, your bib can be delivered to your home, so you don’t have to physically pick it up***

Register to run on the the SUSS team:

1. Go to the C2S registration page at goo.gl/OblIOT and select ‘Adult Early Bird’ or ‘Adult’
2. On the screen that appears, click ‘Join a Team’
3. Search for ‘Sydney University Surgical Society’ and click ‘Join’
4. Fill in your personal details.

You can choose whichever start group you prefer. Most of us will be running in either Singapore Airline Blue or Westpac Yellow.

5. On the next screen, do NOT check any of the charity boxes. In order to fundraise for Interplast you must join the SUSS C2S fundraising team (below)
6. Follow the prompts to pay for your entry ticket and complete the race registration.

Register to fundraise for the SUSS fundraising team:

1. Go to our team’s page at goo.gl/hq1j4P and click “Join Team”
2. Enter your details to register to fundraise. Make sure you have “Interplast Australia and New Zealand” down as your charity.
3. Start fundraising!

Please also RSVP on the Facebook event.

Contact the SUSS team coordinator with any questions:
Alon Taylor: atay5510@uni.sydney.edu.au


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