SUSS March Journal Club: Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery.

The theme of this months SUSS Journal Club is Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery.

Oral & Maxillofacial surgery is a highly specialised field in which surgeons are trained in both medicine and dentistry to treat problems that require expertise in both fields. Conditions they treat include congenital facial disproportion problems, oral cancer, tumours of jaw and facial traumas.

Both speakers this month will be presenting papers on facial fractures. Our first study is a retrospective audit of mandible fractures at one UK hospital, looking at time to fixation and complication rates. Our second paper is a randomised controlled trial looking at treatment to restore sensory function following a zygomatic fracture.

Articles and presenters:
Justin Phang
Hammond, D., Parmar, S., Whitty, J., McPhillips, M., & Wain, R. (2018). Is a fractured mandible an emergency?. British Journal of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, 56(1), 39-42.

Gareth Crouch
Haapanen, A., Thorén, H., Apajalahti, S., Suominen, A. L., & Snäll, J. (2017). Does Dexamethasone Facilitate Neurosensory Function Regeneration After Zygomatic Fracture? A Randomized Controlled Trial. Journal of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, 75(12), 2607-2612.

Date: Thursday, March 22nd, 2018
Time: 6:00 – 7:00 pm
Venue: RPAH Institute of Academic Surgery
Topic: Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery.

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Hope you see you there!


SUSS February Journal Club: Neurosurgery

The theme of the February SUSS Journal Club is Neurosurgery/Neuro-Oncology.

Glioblastomas are the most common primary malignant brain tumour in the adult population and the prognosis is currently very poor – with median survival from diagnosis often reported at under 12 months. This month we have two papers discussing the treatment of glioblastomas.

Konrad Schultz (stage 3 SMP student) will present a trial considering glioblastoma treatments. Traditionally, standard therapy consists of surgical resection, followed by radiotherapy. The article considers the efficacy and safety of either radiotherapy alone, radiotherapy plus temozolomide (a chemotherapeutic agent) – given concomitantly with and after radiotherapy.

Vijidha Rajkumar (stage 2 SMP student) is presenting an article focusing on the benefits of aggressive surgical resection for glioblastoma patient survival. Maximizing the extent of resection of tumours has been shown to improve survival in patients with GBM. This paper considers a number of tumour factors and the benefits of maximizing the extent of surgical resection.

Date: Monday, February 26th, 2018
Time: 6:00 – 7:00 pm
Venue: RPAH Institute of Academic Surgery
Topic: Neurosurgery

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Konrad Schultz
Stupp, Roger, et al. “Radiotherapy plus concomitant and adjuvant temozolomide for glioblastoma.” New England Journal of Medicine 352.10 (2005): 987-996.

Vijidha Rajkumar
Awad, Al-Wala, et al. “Impact of removed tumor volume and location on patient outcome in glioblastoma.” Journal of neuro-oncology 135.1 (2017): 161-171.

Hope you see you there!

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

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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

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