About this event

  • Date and time Sat 20 Nov 2021 from 9:00am to 20 Nov 2021 at 5:00pm
  • Location Online
  • Organised by Plastic Surgery

This event has been cancelled. Apologies for any inconvenience this may have caused. You can book to attend this event in-person by clicking here

Undergraduate plastic reconstructive and aesthetic surgery (UPRAS) is a one-day national conference for medical students and junior doctors interested in a career in plastic surgery. This live-streamed conference will teach the core aspects of plastic surgery, provide career advice and host a practical skills workshop to improve surgical skills in plastic surgery techniques.

Want to attend in-person at the RSM? You can book to attend this event in-person by clicking here

Entering its 14th successful year, UPRAS 2021/22 will be held as a hybrid event, allowing undergraduates from across the country and around the world to attend either in-person or virtually via the live stream. 

This conference will introduce and teach students and junior doctors the key components of Plastic, Reconstructive and Aesthetic Surgery (PRAS). Eminent surgeons from around the UK will cover various subspecialties in PRAS through high-quality interactive lectures during the morning session.  

In the afternoon session, you will have the opportunity to join an interactive practical session on suturing, local flaps and tendon repair.  

The workshop kit and equipment is not included in the live stream price.

Workshop kit list

You will require the following to participate in the workshop stations virtually. You will need:

  • For all stations: Needle holder, toothed forceps, scissors, scalpel
  • Station 1: Suturing
    • Skin substitute: foam pad, pork skin
    • Suture: 3/0 suture, any material. Preferably nylon or prolene (quantity: 3).
  • Station 2: Local flap
    • Skin substitute: foam pad, pork skin
    • Suture: 3/0 suture, any material. Preferably nylon or prolene (quantity: 3).
  • Station 3: Tendon repair
    • Tendon substitute: synthetic tendon, pork trotter tendon (trotters need to be pre-dissected to expose the tendon, long cylindrical shaped jelly/sweet).
      *All require a contraption to hold the tendons down
    • Suture: 3/0 round-bodied prolene or PDS (quantity: 3), 5/0 round-bodied prolene (quantity: 2).

Below are examples of where you can source simulation models:

Skin pad


Complete Simulation Bundle (includes all equipment required for the session)

Conflict of interest: A UPRAS committee member is the director of Medsync LTD. The RSM does not make any profit from the advertisement of the above websites. These are just examples to guide the delegates joining the practical session virtually who may want to buy the simulation models. Please refer to the kit list for alternative options.

During this live stream you will:  

  • Learn about the core aspects of plastic surgery
  • Be able to carry out plastic surgical skills in suturing, local flaps, and tendon repair
  • Value the commitment required for a successful career in plastic surgery, and understand the steps needed to get there

This live stream is appropriate for medical students, foundation year doctors, core surgical trainees, junior doctors, dental students, research students. 

CPD learning applied. 

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Key speakers

Mr Naveen Cavale

Consultant Plastic Surgeon at King's College Hospital NHS Foundation Trust.

Mr Cavale is an innovative surgeon and President of the RSM Plastic Surgery Section. 

Mr Amar Ghattaura MBBs, BSc, MSc, MRCS (Eng), FRCS (Plast)

NHS Consultant Plastic Surgeon, Morriston Hospital, Swansea, Wales. 

Mr Ghattaura specialises in breast and microsurgery.

Speaker's biography

Mr Amar Ghattaura qualified from University College London Medical School and has trained extensively in London and in South Wales. 


Over the last 20 years of working in the field of plastic surgery, Mr Ghattaura has worked in many prestigious plastic surgery units in the UK including the Royal Marsden Hospital, Great Ormond Street and the Oxford Radcliffe Infirmary. As well as gaining valuable experience of breast surgery in Harley Street, London, he has been trained in breast surgery at the University Hospital Ghent, Belgium.


View the programme

Plastic surgery as a career and training pathway

Miss Eunsol Kim, Specialist Registrar, Plastic Surgery

Lower limb trauma reconstruction

Miss Loz Harry, Consultant Plastic Surgeon, Queen Victoria Hospital

Oral presentations
Comfort break
Sarcoma surgery

Mr Maniram Ragbir, Consultant Plastic Surgeon, Royal Victoria Hospital, and Chair, Specialist Advisory Committee

Cleft surgery

Mr David Sainsbury, Consultant Plastic Surgeon, Royal Victoria Hospital

Aesthetic surgery

Mr Naveen Cavale, Consultant Plastic Surgeon, King's College Hospital NHS Foundation Trust, Innovative Surgeon and President, Plastic Surgery Section, Royal Society of Medicine

Breast surgery

Mr Amar Ghattaura, Consultant Plastic Surgeon, Morriston Hospital

Lunch break
Local flaps
Tendon repair
Close of meeting



Disclaimer: All views expressed in this live stream are of the speakers themselves and not of the RSM nor the speaker's organisations.

Special rates for difficult times 
The RSM wishes to offer healthcare professionals continued learning opportunities during the coronavirus pandemic. The RSM’s ​weekly COVID-19 Series ​webinars remain free of charge, while there will be small charges to register for other online education. These fees will enable the RSM to continue its programme of activities and will apply during the course of the pandemic.

Registration for this live stream will close 2 hours prior to the start time. You will receive the webinar link 2 hours before the meeting. Late registrations will not be accepted.

This live stream will be available for registered delegates 30 days after on Zoom. The link will be sent 24 hours after the webinar takes place. 

This live stream will be recorded and stored by the Royal Society of Medicine and may be  distributed  in future on various internet channels. 

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