Thank you to everyone who has joined us for Journal Club in 2017. We have had a lot of interesting topics from a range of year groups.
SUSS Journal club will be returning in 2018. Please sign up to our mailing list to be notified of our return and of subsequent journal club themes.
Have a relaxing time off and enjoy your summer break!
Sydney University Surgical Society is pleased to host Congenital Heart Surgery Grand Rounds.
Dr Yishay Orr will present her perspectives as a Paediatric and Adult Cardiothoracic Surgeon, discussing several cases of adult and paediatric congenital heart disease.
Dr Orr graduated from UNSW in 1999, then progressed through intern and residency years in Sydney before commencing work in cardiothoracic surgery. During her training, Dr Orr completed her research PhD investigating neutrophils and the systemic inflammatory response to cardiopulmonary bypass through the School of Medical Sciences at the University of NSW. After obtaining Fellowship of the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons, Dr Orr embarked on 3 years of paediatric cardiac surgery training, with 2 years at The Children’s Hospital at Westmead followed by a year-long Fellowship at Texas Children’s Hospital.
Dr Orr is a VMO at Westmead Hospital, VMO at Sydney Children’s Hospital Network, and VMO Cardiothoracic Transplant Surgeon at St Vincent’s Hospital. Dr Orr is also Supervisor of Surgical Education and Training (Cardiothoracic Surgery) at The Children’s Hospital, Westmead. In addition to her clinical work, Dr Orr is a Paediatric Cardiothoracic Surgeon for Open Heart International and has undertaken humanitarian work in countries such as Myanmar, India Papua New Guinea and several others.
This grand rounds will be particularly relevant to Stage 1 students in Cardiology block; however, students from all stages and clinical schools are welcome.
Date: Tuesday 31 October, 2017
Time: 6.00 – 7.00 pm
Venue: Carslaw Lecture Theatre 275
RSVP on the Facebook event page
SUSS is running a series of workshops to help students acquire basic suturing skills. The workshops are at aimed at the beginner level, focusing on simple interrupted suturing technique, with the opportunity to try more advanced techniques upon mastery, as per the RACS competencies guideline. Attendance at the workshops will incur a cost of $2 to help cover the cost of the suturing materials.
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 via Google Docs
When: Saturday 7th and Saturday 14th October 2017
Once we have finalised the sessions, you will receive an email notifying you of your allocated session and any further instructions for the day.
For some learning resources, please visit our surgical skills page prior to the session
“A good surgeon has an eagle’s eyes, a lion’s heart, and a lady’s hand.”
SUSS and UNSW Women in Medicine are hosting the Women in Surgery Skills Workshop on October 12th.
Women are under-represented at all levels of the surgical profession, making it crucial to break down stereotypes, build confidence, learn practical skills, and have female surgical role models. Come to the inaugural Women in Surgery Skills Workshop to network with a team of AMAZING female surgeons and make friends with medical students from the UNSW and the University of Sydney. Surgery could be the career choice for you!
This workshop has limited places available — 15 female medical students each from USyd and UNSW will be randomly selected from all applicants. Register at the link below before 11:59pm September 28th.
Registration is essential:
NOTE: this event is only open to female medical students at the University of New South Wales and the University of Sydney.
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.
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.
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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