Australasian Students’ Surgical Conference 2018

Australasian Students’ Surgical Conference 2018

The Australasian Student’s Surgical Association (ASSA) is a not-for-profit association dedicated to representing the student surgical societies across Australia and New Zealand. The highlight of the ASSA’s calendar is the Australasian Students’ Surgical Conference (ASSC). ASSA has just announced that the conference for 2018 will be in May.


ASSC is an annual conference under Australasian Students’ Surgical Association and is supported by the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons (RACS). It forms the ideal opportunity for surgically orientated students to meet like-minded individuals who share their passion for surgical excellence, research and innovation. Medical students may further explore surgical specialties, meet other students from Australia and New Zealand, and network with world-class surgeons.

Past conferences have utilised keynote speakers, research and skills workshops to impart information and resources to every attendee.

Check out the links below to find out more about attending or how to get involved.

When: 4-6 May, 2018
Where: Sydney, location to be announced.
Details: Event WebsiteTwitterFacebookInstagram


IAS Sydney Robotic Summit 2018

IAS Sydney Robotic Summit 2018

The Institute of Academic Surgery & Sydney Robotic Summit Conveners are pleased to announce that the Sydney Robotics Summit returns in June. This event has been part of the Sydney Innovation and Research Symposium where Sydney Local Health District showcases the best in cutting-edge research and the latest in innovations.

Previously, over 800 delegates have attended to learn about the robotic surgery program, liver transplant successes and emergency department innovations, in addition to a number of other interesting topics across health and technology.

The day will include: Semi-live surgeries, International & local plenary speakers, Multi-disciplinary & multi-specialty programs, More surgical specialties, Robotic master classes, as well as Exhibitor stalls & demonstrations

This event is open to all with a surgical interest; in particular: surgeons, JMOs, students, Nursing, Allied Health, GPs, anaesthetic staff, researchers and administrators.

More details will be available on their website.

When: Saturday 23 June, 2018
Where: Australian Technology Park (ATP), Eveleigh
More details: Website, Twitter

SUSS Intro to Surgery 2018: SET and Beyond

Sydney University Surgical Society is excited to host the annual seminar “Introduction to Surgery: SET and Beyond“. This night aims to educate students about surgery as a career and pathways for gaining entry to Surgical Education and Training (SET) programs.
This year we are fortunate to have Dr Sarah Aitken and Dr Pratik Rastogi provide their insights on the pathway to surgery.
Dr Aitken is a Vascular and Endovascular Surgeon at Concord Repatriation General Hospital, a Senior Lecturer at the University of Sydney, and an academic surgeon. Dr Aiken’s talk will provide insight into life as a surgeon, her career pathway, and surgical research.
Dr Rastogi, a Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery Registrar at RNSH, will discuss the RACS selection and training process. He will also talk about how research and postgraduate courses can fit into the surgical training and selection process.
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 27, 2018.
Time: 6:00 – 7:30pm
Location: New Law School Lecture Theatre 026, University of Sydney

Please RSVP via our Facebook Event

Neurosurgery Grand Rounds

Neurosurgery Grand Rounds

Dr Johnny Wong

Dr Johnny Wong

Neurosurgeon | MBBS (Hons), MMed (Clin Epi), PhD, FRACS

Sydney University Surgical Society is pleased to announce Neurosurgery Grand Rounds, presented by Dr Johnny Wong

Dr Johnny Wong is a neurosurgeon with subspecialty interests in cerebrovascular and endovascular neurosurgery along with cranial and skull base tumours.

After graduating medical school at UNSW with honours, Dr Wong completed neurosurgical training in Sydney in 2014 and went on to complete two subspecialty fellowships in North America. He underwent a 1-year open cerebrovascular and skull base fellowship at the University of Toronto, and a 2-year endovascular/interventional neuroradiology fellowship at Stanford University.

During his neurosurgical training, Dr Wong also completed his Masters in clinical epidemiology and a PhD on spinal cord injury and syringomyelia. His research on syringomyelia received several awards, including Peter Leech Memorial Prize in 2012, and Macquarie University Research Excellence Award in 2013.

Dr Wong assesses and treats patients with cranial and spinal tumours (glioma, glioblastoma, meningioma, metastases, pituitary adenoma and acoustic neuroma). He applies endoscopic and minimally invasive techniques to neurosurgical operations. In addition, he performs endovascular embolisation for head and neck, and spinal tumours. He also performs vertebroplasty for pathological spinal fractures.

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

Date: Wednesday 21 March, 2018
Time: 6.00 – 7.00 pm
Venue: New Law LT-104

RSVP on the Facebook event page

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

Orthopaedic Surgery Grand Rounds

Dr Christine Castle

Dr Christine Castle

M.B.B.S. F.R.A.C.S (Ortho)


Sydney University Surgical Society is pleased to host Orthopaedic Surgical Grand Rounds, presented by Dr Christine Castle.

Dr Castle is a general and trauma orthopaedic surgeon based on the Northern Beaches of Sydney. She is a member of the RACS Court of Examiners and has participated in trainee selection over many years.  She has been involved in basic skills training being a RACS ASSET committee member, the team that developed the skills course and textbook. Also, with the RACS Global Health Team, has assisted in the development of the national basic surgical skills program in Myanmar.

Dr Castle will be presenting the topic ‘Othopaedics: One Day on Call. You never know what will happen.’ This sounds like a wonderful topic and we eagerly await Dr Castles presentation.

As with all SUSS events, these are open to all students to attend. Stage One students in their Musculoskeletal block, or those who have a particular interest in surgery will find this a rewarding experience.

Save the date:
Date: Tuesday 8th May 2018
Time: 6.00 – 8.00 pm
Venue: Norman Gregg Lecture Theatre, University of Sydney

RSVP on the Facebook event page.

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