Introduction to Surgery: SET and Beyond

Sydney University Surgical Society is excited to host the annual seminar “Introduction to Surgery: SET and Beyond”. All students are invited to come along and learn about surgery as a career and pathways for gaining entry to Surgical Education and Training (SET) programs.


1. Associate Professor Sydney Ch’ng

A/Prof Sydney Ch’ng is a leading Plastics and Reconstructive and Head and Neck Surgeon and Researcher based at RPA, Chris O’Brien Lifehouse and Concord hospitals. Her interests include facial skin cancers, advanced skin cancers requiring complex reconstruction, surgery for parotid tumours, and eyelid surgery. During her surgical training, A/Prof Ch’ng participated in the RACS Surgeon Scientist program and has published numerous work about the biology and management of skin cancers. A/Prof Ch’ng is an advocate for women in surgery and was named one of the 100 Westpac and Australian Financial Review Women of Influence in 2015.

2. Dr Mifanwy Reece

Dr Reece is a SET 4 General Surgical Registrar currently doing Breast and Endocrine Surgery at Concord Hospital. Her subspecialty interests include Colorectal and Upper GI Surgery and she will share with us some valuable facts about entry to SET programs. Dr Reece is a mother to a beautiful two-year-old son and she will tell us all about the so-called ‘work – life balance’ as a busy SET trainee.

Whether you’re interested in a career in surgery or simply want to learn more, this lecture is a fantastic opportunity, particularly for Stage 1 and 2 medical students, to gain insight into the surgical training process and a career in surgery.

Date: Tuesday, February 28th, 2017
Time: 6.00 – 7.30 pm
Venue: New Law Lecture Theatre 101
RSVP on the Facebook event page.

SUSS Presents: Cardiothoracic Surgical Grand Rounds

SUSS Presents: Cardiothoracic Surgical Grand Rounds

Sydney University Surgical Society is proud to host Cardiothoracic Surgical Grand Rounds.

Dr Michael Byrom, a Cardiothoracic Surgeon at RPAH, will deliver the grand rounds, which will feature cases in cardiothoracic surgery with associated imaging and management. Dr Byrom’s clinical practice focuses on areas of cardiothoracic surgery such as minimally invasive aortic valve replacement, aortic surgery, mitral valve repair and all-arterial coronary bypass surgery. Dr Byrom has a passion for laboratory research and recently completed a PhD at the University of Sydney on the development of a novel bioengineered vascular bypass conduit.

The event will be of particular relevance to Stage 1 students who will be in the midst of their Cardiology Block; however, students from all stages and clinical schools are welcome.

Please RSVP on the Facebook event.

Date: Monday, October 31, 2016 – NB changed date!

Time: 6.00 – 7.00 pm

Venue: RPA Institute for Academic Surgery, corner Missenden and Carillon Rds, Camperdown (enter via Missenden Rd)

SUMS and SUSS Present: The Great Debate

SUMS and SUSS Present: The Great Debate

SUMS and SUSS are proud to be hosting the ultimate medical turf war, pitching six of Sydney’s brightest minds against one another with the hopes of answering medicine’s eternal question: Which specialty is better, surgery or medicine?

The topic up for debate is “To Cut Is To Cure”, with the surgeons arguing the affirmative and physicians arguing the negative. The winning team will be decided by audience vote, so we’re anticipating (and encouraging) plenty of light-hearted banter between the two teams.

– Professor Jane Bleasel, Co-Director of the Sydney Medical Program and Senior Staff Specialist (Rheumatology) at RPAH
– Professor John Watson, Associate Dean and Head of the SAN Clinical School, Director of Neurology and Stroke Services at Hornsby and Ku-Ring-Gai Hospital and Rhodes Scholar
– Professor David Celermajer AO, Clinical Director of the Heart Research Institute, Senior Staff Specialisty (Cardiology) at RPAH, Rhodes Scholar and World Debating and Public Speaking Champion

– Professor Henry Pleass, Senior Staff Specialist at Westmead Hospital and VMO Liver Transplant Surgeon at RPAH
– Dr Sarah Aitken, Vascular Surgeon at Concord Hospital
– Associate Professor Jonathon Clark, Head and Neck Surgeon at RPAH and Chris O’Brien Lifehouse and Coordinator of the Sydney Head and Neck Research Group

Food and refreshments will be provided from 6.30pm. Entry is a gold coin donation, being collected at the door to be donated to the Black Dog Institute on behalf of the winning team.

Please RSVP at the Facebook event.

SUSS Presents Colorectal Surgical Grand Rounds

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Sydney University Surgical Society is proud to host Colorectal Surgical Grand Rounds.

Dr Cherry Koh will present cases in colorectal surgery with associated imaging and management. Dr Koh is a colorectal surgeon at Royal Prince Alfred Hospital. She has a subspecialty interest in laparoscopic colorectal surgery, transanal resection techniques, IBD, pelvic floor disorders and pelvic exenteration for advanced pelvic malignancy.

The event will be particularly relevant to Stage 2 students reaching the end of their Gastrointestinal Block; however, students from all stages and clinical schools are welcome.

Please RSVP on the Facebook event.

Date: Monday, September 19

Time: 18:00 – 19:00

Venue:  New Law Lecture Theatre 104, New Law Building

SUSS Presents DonateLife Transplant Symposium


SUSS is proud to host a Transplant Symposium as part of its DonateLife Week activities. We will hear from four speakers on different aspects of the transplantation process:

Mr Max Mohr, Liver Transplant Recipient
Dr Nudrat Rashid, Intensive Care Specialist and Director of Organ and Transplantation Unit at Royal Prince Alfred Hospital
Dr Jonathan Karpelowsky, Staff Specialist in Paediatric Surgery at The Children’s Hospital at Westmead
Dr Jerome Laurence, Upper GI, Hepatobiliary and Transplant Surgeon at Royal Prince Alfred Hospital and Chris O’Brien Lifehouse

All are welcome to come along and hear about organ and tissue donation and transplant medicine and surgery.

Date: Wednesday, September 7, 2016

Time: 6.00 – 7.30 pm

Venue: KPEC Large Conference Room, RPA Hospital

Please RSVP on the Facebook event.

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!

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