About this event

  • Date and time Sat 27 Mar 2021 from 10:00am to 3:30pm
  • Location Online
  • Organised by Students

Gain insight into a career as a surgeon. Whilst there is an immense interest in surgery among medical students, information about portfolio development and the path to becoming a surgeon can be scarce. The current pandemic has drastically restricted social interactions and the number of opportunities to learn basic surgical skills. This virtual surgical conference aims to address these issues for the surgeons of tomorrow. 

Hear talks on how to make the most out of a surgical rotation and be inspired to pursue a career in surgery.

Participants will have the opportunity to book a portfolio clinic with a surgical trainee. Gain practical tips and advice on how to prepare a successful portfolio as a student and identify the qualities needed to become a surgeon. Places for the portfolio session are limited and will be allocated on a first-come, first-served basis. To reserve your place contact students@rsm.ac.uk and you will then be contacted to confirm your place for the portfolio clinic.

Learn basic surgical skills in the hands-on workshop session. 

There will also be an opportunity for students to present their work at this conference, with prizes available for the best submissions. Find out more and apply below.


Tomorrow’s surgeons conference 2021: Essay prize

This prize aims to reward thoughtful and original answers to address our essay question: ‘Climate crisis is the greatest global health challenge of the 21st century. How can the NHS best minimise the environmental impact of Surgery over the next decade?’


First prize: £100

Second prize: £50

Third prize: One year’s free RSM membership

Open to: All UK medical students

Submission deadline: Sunday 14 March 2021

Application guidelines: We invite submissions of essays up to 1,500 words on the proposed question. Responses should discuss the effects of surgery on the environment, and discuss one or more ideas for reducing emissions and/or improving sustainability in the specialty. Potential challenges for discussion could include but are by no means limited to greenhouse gas emissions, energy usage, use of material resources, and production of waste. Responses may be specific to one surgical sub-specialty or address the discipline more broadly.

Essays will be marked according to the extent to which they identify one or more specialty-specific environmental impacts, and offer thoughtful, original suggestions for how they could best be managed. There will be additional marks available for the quality of written work, particularly for answers that are appropriately structured, well-written, and engaging.

All three winners will be invited to give a short presentation at the national Tomorrow’s surgeons conference on Saturday 27 March 2021.

Apply here.


Tomorrow’s surgeons conference 2021: Poster prize


First prize: £100

Runner up: One year’s free RSM membership

Open to: All UK medical students

Submission deadline: Thursday 18 March 2021

Application guidelines: Submit a 250-word abstract of original research, review or quality improvement project on any surgical topic. The abstract should be clearly structured with introduction, methods, results and conclusion sections. They should also include the title of the poster, the presenting author's name, any other authors and their professional role and affiliation.

Shortlisted candidates will be required to create an online poster for their presentation in widescreen PowerPoint size (16:9) which will be presented at the national Tomorrow’s surgeons conference on Saturday 27 March 2021.

Apply here.


Registration for this webinar 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 webinar is available for on-demand viewing. The webinar recording will be available for registered delegates up to 30 days after the live webinar broadcast via Zoom. The link will be sent 24 hours after the webinar takes place. 

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Key speakers

Mr Simon Fleming

Mr Simon Fleming

Orthopaedic registrar and culture change advocate

Speaker's biography

Simon is a London-based Trauma and Orthopaedic registrar. He is a co-chair for the International Conference in Residency Education (ICRE), on the advisory board for the NIHR Clinical Education Incubator, Associate Editor for Medical Education and The Clinical Teacher and a PhD candidate in Medical Education at Barts & The London Medical School. He is also past Vice-Chair of the Academy of Medical Royal Colleges Trainee Doctors’ Group (ATDG) and a Past President of the British Orthopaedic Trainees Association (BOTA).


While passionate about Orthopaedics, surgical training and mentoring future surgeons, he has special interests in hand surgery, competency decisions and combating bullying, undermining, harassment and the lack of diversity and equity in healthcare, through the award-winning #HammerItOut and #CutItOut campaigns, on which he has delivered a TEDx talk and spoken internationally.


He undoes all the good work he does in the gym with a love of great food and tries to change the world in his spare time

Martha Kedrzycki

Dr Martha Kedrzycki

First clinical translational research fellow in breast cancer surgery, Imperial College London, General Surgery registrar, Imperial Healthcare NHS Trust, Chief Medical Officer, Third Eye Intelligence and Graduate Teaching Assistant in Healthcare Design MSc, Imperial College London and the Royal College of Art

Speaker's biography

Martha completed her medical training in an EU recognised medical school, and both her foundation and core surgical training years in London. She was competitively selected as the first-ever clinical translational research fellow in breast cancer surgery and is currently in the third year of her PhD at Imperial College London.


In collaboration with the Hamlyn Centre for Surgical Robotics, she is studying Fluorescence Guided Breast Conserving Surgery, and how this can positively impact the prevalent issue of positive margins and re-operative rates. She has been invited to speak at both clinical and technical conferences worldwide, and her work within this remit has been published in peer-reviewed journals such as Annals of Surgical Oncology and the Journal of Physics.


Furthermore, she has been featured on podcasts, science cafés, and has won various competitions and grants in support of this pivotal research. In addition to this, Martha is also the Chief Medical Officer of AI-healthcare start-up Third Eye Intelligence. The company’s aims are to use AI to predict organ failure and mortality in critically unwell patients, with plans to expand its evolutionary algorithm to applications in disease mapping and prognostication, costings, and service overhaul.


Lastly, Martha assists in teaching the next generation of healthcare innovators in the Healthcare design MSc run jointly by Imperial College London and the Royal College of Art. It is here that her artistic skill and knowledge of healthcare are used to guide those looking to redesign healthcare as we know it. 

Dr Amalina Bakri

Dr Amalina Bakri

Clinical Research Fellow in Breast Cancer Surgery, Imperial College London and Surgical Registrar

Speaker's biography

Dr Amalina Bakri is a Clinical Research Fellow at the Institute of Global Health Innovation, Department of Surgery and Cancer, Imperial College London. She moved to the UK at the age of 17 after receiving a prestigious scholarship from the Central Bank of Malaysia to pursue her studies in the UK.


Dr Bakri graduated as a medical doctor from Edinburgh Medical School, The University of Edinburgh in 2013 where she also intercalated in BMedSc Pharmacology with ERASMUS exchange at Leiden University, The Netherlands. She did a sub-internship at Harvard Medical School, USA followed by a foundation year training (FY1-FY2) in Cambridge. She also completed her Master's in Translational Medicine and Therapeutics from the University of Cambridge during her foundation years.


She moved to London to do her surgical training in North West and North Central/East London Deanery. She won a Clinical Research Fellowship with Prof Lord Ara Darzi at Imperial College London and is currently doing a PhD in surgical innovation and breast cancer using wearable activity monitors in order to improve patient outcomes. She is supervised by Prof Lord Ara Darzi, Mr Daniel Leff and Mr Richard Kwasnicki. Additionally, she is an academic supervisor for BSc and MEng students at Imperial College London. She presented her research projects at many international conferences including the Association of Breast Surgery (ABS), the Miami Breast Cancer Conference and the American Society of Breast Surgeons Conference. Aside from her academic and clinical work, she is also passionate about public health education and medical teaching as well as empowering women. She has over 1 million followers across Instagram and Twitter where she regularly shares educational posts and does interactive teaching sessions with her followers. She had received multiple awards including the Inspirational Youth Award from the Ministry of Youth and Sports of Malaysia, 40 under 40 by Prestige Malaysia and was recently nominated for the “Women of the Future Award” in South East Asia.


View the programme

Welcome and introduction

Ajay Papakas Wijeyendram, Medical Student and Student Representative Officer for Students Section, and Callum Prosser, Medical Student and Secretary for Students Section

Changing healthcare culture

Dr Simon Fleming, Orthopaedic Registrar & Culture Change Advocate

The future of surgery

Dr Greta McLachlan

Surgical skills session

Mr Matyas Fehervari, UGI Surgical Registrar and ASIT NW London representative

Miss Manal Ahmed, Vascular Surgical Registrar

Mr Payam Nouri, 4th Year medical student


ASiT introduction talk
Portfolio session: Ask questions and receive feedback from a surgical trainee about your portfolio
Life outside of surgery

Dr Martha Kedrzycki

What can I do in medical school to become a surgeon?

Dr Amalina Bakri

Poster competition
Essay presentations
Poster prize announcement
Close of meeting



Disclaimer: All views expressed in this webinar 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 webinar 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.

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

This webinar 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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