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


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 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 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


SUSS Sharpy’s Surgical Revision Day 2017

SUSS Sharpy’s Surgical Revision Day 2017

Sharpy’s Surgical Revision Day is an all-day intensive review of general surgery for final year medical students hosted by Dr. Gary Sharp, a surgery sRMO at RPAH. The program will include a comprehensive review of general surgery with a focus on gastrointestinal surgical presentations and is tailored to final year medicine exams.

Anyone with an interest in surgery is welcome, however, stage 3 students will be given preference.

When: 2 September at 8:00–16:00
Where:  KPEC Auditorium, RPAH
Cost: Free
Registration: Essential

In previous years, this has been highly attended event and registration is essential to secure a place:

SUSS Academic Surgery Symposium

Sydney University Surgical Society, in conjunction with the RPA Institute of Academic Surgery, invite medical students and junior doctors to an informative evening designed to give an overview of academic surgery and the career path of the academic surgeon.

This event is an excellent opportunity to learn from academic surgeons about research itself and how clinical and academic surgery fit together. The evening will also include presentations from a resident and registrar on their surgical research experiences during medical school and JMO years.

The evening is open to students from all medical schools as well as JMOs.

Speakers will include:

Michael Byrom – Director of Laboratory Research, IAS
Jonathan Hong – Deputy Director of Surgical Education, IAS
Anthony Marren – Research Lead for Gynaecological Surgery, IAS
Sanjay Warrier – Research Lead for Breast Surgery, IAS
Michael Seco – Cardiothoracic Registrar, RPAH
Kilian Brown – Resident, RPAH

Date: Wednesday, March 22, 2017
Time: 6:00 – 8:00pm
Location: Carslaw Lecture Theatre 159, University of Sydney
Registration is essential – please RSVP at this link.

See the Facebook event for further details.

SUSS Neurosurgical Grand Rounds

SUSS is proud to host Neurosurgical Grand Rounds presented by Dr Ben Jonker.

Dr Ben Jonker is a neurosurgeon based at RPA and St. Vincent’s hospitals. An alumnus of Sydney Medical Program (1999), Dr Jonker completed his surgical training in 2009. Dr Jonker has a particular interest in conditions treated with stereotactic and functional neurosurgery – and treats these with both open or minimally invasive neurosurgery and stereotactic radiosurgery.

Dr Jonker will introduce us to neurosurgery as a subspecialty and present several interesting cases. This will be of particular interest to Stage 2 students who will be completing their neuro block, however all students across different stages are welcome to attend.

Date: Wednesday 15 March, 2017
Time: 6.00 – 7.00 pm
Venue: New Law Lecture Theatre 106
RSVP on the Facebook event page.

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.

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