Getting Started in Surgical Research

Sydney University Surgical Society (SUSS) and RPA Institute of Academic Surgery (IAS) are delighted to present Getting Started in Surgical Research.

During our annual academic surgery symposium, we will hear from academic surgeons from the IAS who are leaders in their respective fields. The evening’s discussion will include what it means to be an academic surgeon, an overview of the career pathway and some of their innovative research projects, as well as any upcoming research opportunities for students looking to get involved. Junior doctors will also share their experiences of getting started in academic surgery during their medical training.

All students are welcome to attend. For students considering a career in surgery and all those who have an interest in combining research with their future clinical practice this is an event not to be missed!

– Dr Scott Leslie – Robotic Surgery
– A/Prof Payal Mukherjee – Surgical 3D printing and 3D Bioprinting
– A/Prof Sydney Ch’ng – Complex facial reconstruction surgery
– Dr Michael Seco – Cardiothoracic Surgery Registrar

DATE: 20 February 2019
TIME: 5:30pm-8:30pm
LOCATION: RPA Kerry Packer Education Centre

For more information, please visit the Facebook event

Introduction to Surgery: SET and Beyond

Sydney University Surgical Society is excited to host the annual seminar “Introduction to Surgery: SET and Beyond”. The event aims to educate students about surgery as a career and pathways for gaining entry to Surgical Education and Training (SET) programs.

This year have three brilliant speakers lined up: Dr Michael Wines (Consultant – Urology), Dr Daniel Lee (SET Trainee – General Surgery) and Dr Rebecca Cui (SRMO – General Surgery).

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.

Time: 5:45 pm – 8 pm
Date: 12 February 2019
Location: KPEC Auditorium

For more information, please visit the Facebook event.

Canapés will also be provided. Courtesy of Medical Idemnity Protection Service (MIPS).

SUSS October Journal Club: Women in Surgery

This month the SUSS Journal Club will focus on Women in Surgery. Despite advances in gender equality in other specialties and occupations, there is still a gender divide in surgical training in Australia. While 50% of medical graduates are women only 12% of surgeons are female. There are significant hurdles encountered by women before and during training including lack of female role models, lifestyle factors, and discrimination. 
Cynthia Chang will discuss these barriers and their effect on applications for surgery training. Meredith Bibbings will then present a paper investigating gender differences in operative autonomy during cardiothoracic surgery training. 
Join us at the RPA Institute for Academic Surgery on Wednesday 17th October at 6pm. 
Presenters and Papers: 
Cynthia Chang 
Peel, J. K., Schlachta, C. M., & Alkhamesi, N. A. (2018). A systematic review of the factors affecting choice of surgery as a career. Can J Surg, 61(1), 58-67. DOI:10.1503/cjs.008217
Meredith Bibbings
Meyerson, S. L., Sternbach, J. M., Zwischenberger, J. B., & Bender, E. M. (2017). The Effect of Gender on Resident Autonomy in the Operating room. J Surg Educ, 74(6), e111-e118. DOI:10.1016/j.jsurg.2017.06.014
Event Details:
Date: Wednesday 17 October 2018
Time: 6pm- 7pm
Venue: RPA Institute of Academic Surgery, Cnr Brown & Missenden Rd Camperdown 2050

Sharpy’s Surgical Revision Day 2018

This is an all-day intensive revision course on general surgery directed towards Year 3 and 4 medical students. It will be delivered by Dr Gary Sharp, a surgical registrar currently based in Dubbo – he will be flying in especially for this event! The day’s program will include a comprehensive review of general surgery with a focus on gastrointestinal surgical presentations, tailored to help stage 3 students prepare for the upcoming barrier exams.

Students from all stages are welcome, however, preference will be given to stage 3s.

Please register to secure your spot:

Tell your family you’ll donate – DonateLife Week 2018

Tell your family you’ll donate – DonateLife Week 2018

Sydney University Surgical Society will be holding a few events to promote organ and tissue donation awareness during DonateLife Week 2018.

More than 1,400 Australians are currently waitlisted for a transplant. 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 your donation wishes with your loved ones.

How you can get involved:

Thursday July 27: DonateLife Transplant Symposium

Friday, August 3: Free BBQ lunch on Eastern Avenue

Tuesday July 31 – Friday August 3: Information Stall on Eastern Avenue – drop by for a quick chat with us if you are interested to find out more about organ donation, enjoy some free popcorn and pick up free merchandise!

And ‘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.

For further information, visit Remember – don’t wait till it’s too late, tell your family you’ll donate.

SUSS Annual General Meeting 2018

Dear Members,

Notice is hereby given for the Annual General Meeting of the Sydney University Surgical Society which will be held on the 5th July 2018 at 6pm in New Law School Lecture Theatre 104, at the University of Sydney. The agenda will include:

1) President’s Report

2) Constitutional Amendments
All motions must be sent to the Society Secretary by 21st June (Deanna Lee, In the interests of time, only motions with notice will be considered at the meeting.

The current constitution is available on the SUSS website at:

3) Elections
Nominations for positions will be taken from the floor or via proxy (see below). Candidates must be nominated by a third party, have their nomination seconded by another third party, and accept their nomination. Positions include and will be voted on in the following order:

Executive positions
1. President
2. Vice President
3. Secretary
4. Treasurer

Committee positions
5. Research Officer
6. Information, Communications and Technology (ICT) Officer
7. Skills Lab Coordinator
8. Community Officer
9. Stage 1 and 2 Representatives
10. Clinical School Representatives: 1 for each of Concord, RPA, Nepean, Northern, SAN, Westmead

We will be taking nominations from students who are unable to attend the event in person. However, if you can attend, please do so!

For a description of each position please see the SUSS constitution.

NB: In order to be nominated for, or elected to, the Presidential or Vice-Presidential positions, candidates must have previously served for a minimum of one year on the Council.

Process for nomination if you can’t attend:

Email the President, Stella Harris ( with your name, SMP Stage, the position you are running for, and *either* a written speech *or* a video file that can be read out or played at the AGM. In absentia nominations must be received before the 4th of July.

If you are sending a speech to be read out, please also include a passport-style photo of yourself, which will be displayed at the AGM so people know who they are voting for. Speeches should be no longer than 150 words for committee positions or 250 words for executive positions. Videos should be no longer than one minute for committee positions or two minutes for executive positions.

Please RSVP Via our Facebook event

Yours sincerely,

Stella Harris