Stage 1 Suturing Workshops (23 and 30 June)

SUSS is excited to announce that we will be running our second Stage 1 Suturing Workshops for the year on the 23 and 30 June.

We will have some SRMOs at each session to introduce you more basic suturing skills (e.g. simple interrupted), with the opportunity to advance once you’ve mastered those!

It is a $2 donation to attend to cover the cost of sutures.

There will be a total of six 1-hour sessions run across two days with each session capable of accommodating up to 10 students. Due to the limited spots available and the tendency for these workshops to be oversubscribed, we ask that students only sign up for workshops on dates they are CERTAIN they are available. It isn’t fair to those who miss out on a place when we have empty spots during the workshops due to no-shows. If you do have to pull out from your allocated session, timely notification is appreciated and will allow us to reach out to students who are next in line.

Please register here.


VR and AR in Surgery and Medicine

VR and AR in Surgery and Medicine

Not so far in the future, surgeons might be able to practice performing every step of a surgical procedure without stepping foot in an operating theatre. Palliative care doctors might prescribe a virtual beach vacation to calm aches and pains, in lieu of adding more pills and patches. Psychiatrists might treat social phobia by immersing patients in a virtual dinner party.

It’s starting to happen right now because of virtual reality (VR) – the mind-bending technology that offers immersive, multisensory environments that nudge our brains into thinking we are somewhere else.

This event will bring together pioneers in the use of VR and AR in medicine. Surgeons, physicians and scientists will share their individual experiences in the VR and AR fields, and enlighten us on the future of virtual reality in medicine and surgery. During the interactive breakout session, audience members will have a chance to demo VR experiences and network with pioneers in the field. Please find the evening’s program and speaker lineup on the ‘Discussion’ tab.

Due to limited spots, registration on Eventbrite is required ( We look forward to seeing you there!

Event will be held in the VR OpenLab (School of Psychology on USYD campus in Camperdown).

Date: 24 Jun 2019
Location: VR OpenLab, School of Psychology, University of Sydney, Camperdown, NSW
Time: 5:30 – 8:30pm

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 Mohamed Khadra, Staff Specialist (Urology) at Westmead and Nepean Hospitals, Clinical Director of Surgery and Anaesthetics and Head of Urological Surgery at Nepean Hospital, and Best-selling author and playwright
– Dr Angelina Di Re, Surgical Research Fellow (Colorectal) at Westmead Hospital
– Dr Richard Hanney, Clinical Senior Lecturer at Western Clinical School and Staff Specialist (General Surgery) at Westmead and Mount Druitt Hospitals

– Associate Professor Hasantha Gunasekera, Academic Leader and Paediatrician at Westmead Children’s Hospital
– Professor Stephen Twigg, Head of Dept of Endocrinology and Medical Head of the Diabetes and Endocrinology Research Laboratories at Royal Prince Alfred Hospital, and Kellion Professor of Endocrinology and Stan Clark Chair in Diabetes at University of Sydney
– Professor Stephen Clarke, Medical Oncologist at Royal North Shore Hospital and Professor of Medicine at the University of Sydney

Entry is a gold coin donation, being collected at the door to be donated to the Refugee Clinic at The Children’s Hospital at Westmead on behalf of the winning team

Date: 3 Jul 2019
Location: KPEC Auditorium, Royal Prince Alfred Hospital
Time: 5:30 – 7:30pm

SUSS May Journal Club – ENT

SUSS May Journal Club – ENT

SUSS invites you to our May Journal club, where this month we’re focusing on ENT surgery. We are also pleased to introduce a new surgical anatomy teaching segment to help Stage 3 students prepare for their surgery barrier exams. Vijidha Shree will be conducting an interactive ENT anatomy tutorial and take us through surgical management of thyroid disease. Hafila Makhani will also be discussing a review of hypoglossal nerve stimulation in the treatment of obstructive sleep apnoea.

Join us at the RPA Institute for Academic Surgery on Wednesday 15 May at 6pm. Presenters and Papers:

Hafila Makhani
Wray, C. M., & Thaler, E. R. (2016). Hypoglossal nerve stimulation for obstructive sleep apnea: A review of the literature. World Journal of Otorhinolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery, 2(4), 230–233. doi:10.1016/j.wjorl.2016.11.005

Data: Wednesday 15 May
Time: 6PM
Location: RPA IAS

Endocrine Surgical Grand Rounds

Associate Professor Mark Sywak is an Endocrine Surgeon who has strong interests in thyroid cancer and minimally invasive surgeries of the thyroid, parathyroid and adrenals.

He is a graduate of the University of Sydney Medical School and a Fellow of the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons. He has also completed fellowships in Endocrine Surgery and Surgical Oncology at the University of Calgary and at the Tom Baker Cancer Center in Canada.

He plays an active role in research, having completed a Masters of Medicine Clinical Epidemiology, as well as authoring numerous scientific papers.

A/Prof Sywak continues to be an enthusiastic teacher of medical students, trainee surgeons and colleagues. He is the Head of the Department of Endocrine and Oncology Surgery at Royal North Shore Hospital and a Clinical Associate Professor at the University of Sydney as well as Supervisor of Surgical Training for the Northern Sydney rotation of the College of Surgeons.

A/Prof Sywak holds multiple hospital appointments – he operates at Royal North Shore Hospital, Northern Beaches Hospital, Mater Hospital Sydney and North Shore Private Hospital.

Data:  13 May 2019
Time: 6pm
Location: Carslaw LT173

SUSS April Journal Club – Paediatrics

SUSS April Journal Club – Paediatrics

SUSS invites you to our April Journal club, where this month we’re focusing on frontiers in paediatric neurosurgery.

Preet Makker will present a case report discussing the multidisciplinary approach to separating craniopagus conjoined twins (joined at the cranium). The complex surgical approach required 3D modelling and the input of neuroradiologists, intensivists, paediatricians and neurosurgeons to achieve success.

Neil Mgaeith will then compare outcomes between the use of robotic and manual paediatric neurosurgery to provide accurate, safe and minimally invasive solutions to surgical problems in what can often be difficult variant anatomy with no margin for error.

Join us at the RPA Institute for Academic Surgery on Wednesday 24th April at 6pm.

Presenters and Papers:

Preet Makker
Heuer, G. G., Madsen, P. J., Flanders, T. M., Kennedy, B. C., Storm, P. B., & Taylor, J. A. (2019). Separation of Craniopagus Twins by a Multidisciplinary Team. The New England Journal of Medicine, 380(4), 358-364. doi:10.1056/NEJMoa1805132

Neil Mgaieth
Benedictis, A. D., Trezza, A., Carai, A., Genovese, E., Procaccini, E., Messina, R., Marras, C. E. (2017). Robot-assisted procedures in pediatric neurosurgery. Neurosurgical Focus, 42(5), E7. doi:10.3171/2017.2.focus16579