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

SUSS City2Surf for Interplast 2017

SUSS City2Surf for Interplast 2017

On Sunday, August 13, 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 2017.

Interplastprovidese 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 casual weekend runs most weekends between now and the race – to meet the team and get in shape for the big day.

How to get involved

How to get involved
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.
  5. Choose whichever start group you prefer.
  6. 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)
  7. 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/3qP39N 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.

Please contact Shay Harris our Community Officer if you have any questions

 

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