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

Please RSVP via our Facebook Event

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

RSVP on the Facebook event page

SUSS Journal Club: Summer Break

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!


Orthopaedic Surgery Grand Rounds

Orthopaedic Surgery Grand Rounds

Dr Christine Castle

Dr Christine Castle

M.B.B.S. F.R.A.C.S (Ortho)


Sydney University Surgical Society is pleased to host Orthopaedic Surgical Grand Rounds, presented by Dr Christine Castle.

Dr Castle is a general and trauma orthopaedic surgeon based on the Northern Beaches of Sydney. She is a member of the RACS Court of Examiners and has participated in trainee selection over many years.  She has been involved in basic skills training being a RACS ASSET committee member, the team that developed the skills course and textbook. Also, with the RACS Global Health Team, has assisted in the development of the national basic surgical skills program in Myanmar.

Dr Castle will be presenting the topic ‘Othopaedics: One Day on Call. You never know what will happen.’ This sounds like a wonderful topic and we eagerly await Dr Castles presentation.

As with all SUSS events, these are open to all students to attend. Stage One students in their Musculoskeletal block, or those who have a particular interest in surgery will find this a rewarding experience.

Save the date:
Date: Tuesday 8th May 2018
Time: 6.00 – 8.00 pm
Venue: Norman Gregg Lecture Theatre, University of Sydney

RSVP on the Facebook event page.

Congenital Heart Surgery Grand Rounds




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 Stage 2 Suturing Skills Workshop

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
Cost: $2

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