About this event

  • Date and time Sat 11 Jun 2022 from 8:30am to 5:30pm
  • Location Royal Society of Medicine
  • Organised by Students

Join this event to gain an insight into what the future of surgery entails with regards to advances in surgical technologies and surgical training.  

Whilst there is an immense interest in surgery among junior doctors and 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 surgical conference aims to address these issues for the surgeons of tomorrow.

Learning objectives include:

  • To make the most out of a surgical rotation and be inspired to pursue a career in surgery
  • Learn basic surgical skills and experience the use of immersive technology in the hands-on workshop session
  • Students will be able to present their work at this conference, with prizes available for the best submissions. Find out more and apply below
  • Students will also have an opportunity to exchange contact details during the networking event at the end of the day

Tomorrow’s surgeons conference 2022: Essay prize 

Deadline: Friday 20 May 2022 at 11:59pm

Open to: All UK medical students 

Application guidelines: Submissions of essays must be  up to 1,500 words on the proposed question. 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.

Apply here

Tomorrow’s surgeons conference 2022: Poster prize 

Submission deadline: Friday 20 May 2022 

Open to: All UK medical students 

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. 

Apply here 

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Registration, tea and coffee
Welcome and introduction

Session 1: Robotic surgery, surgical innovation and global surgery

Will the robots take over? A brief journey into surgical robotics

Mr Mark Gudgeon, Consultant Colorectal Surgeon, Frimley Park Hospital NHS Foundation Trust

Urology and robotics

Mr Ben Challacombe, Consultant Urological Surgeon, Guy's and St Thomas' NHS Foundation Trust

Presenting virtually

Future of global surgery and surgical training

Mr William Bolton, Academic Clinical Fellow in Neurosurgery, National Institute for Health and Care Research and President, Global Anaesthesia, Surgery and Obstetric Collaboration

Presenting virtually

Field Surgery in the austere and most challenging environments

Professor Mansoor Khan, Consultant Oesophagogastric, Trauma and General Surgeon, University Hospitals Sussex and Honorary Clinical Professor of Trauma Surgery, Brighton and Sussex University Hospitals NHS Trust

Presenting virtually

Tea and coffee break

Session 2: Surgical training, virtual reality, women in surgery, equality and diversity

Tomorrow’s surgeons - a perspective

Professor Humphrey Scott, Dean, Royal Society of Medicine and Consultant Colorectal Surgeon, Ashford and St Peter’s Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

Scalable, accessible and affordable utilisation of extended reality (virtual reality, augmented reality and the metaverse) in surgical education and global health and its scientific rationale

Mr Karamveer Narang, Doctor, Surrey and Sussex Healthcare NHS Trust

Leaning into gynaecology oncology

Miss Sonali Kaushik, Consultant Gynaecologist and and Subspecialist in Gynaecological Oncology, Royal Sussex County Hospital

The leader in the room

Mr Michael Okocha, General Surgery Registrar, Severn Deanery

Session 3: Student abstract presentations and essay prize

The benefits and limitations of global surgery in advancing patient care in low income countries

Mr Francis Banhidy, Medical Student, University College London 

Nailing sustainability in trauma and orthopaedics

Miss Dominique Dennis, Medical Student, University of Manchester

The benefits and limitations of global surgery in advancing patient care in low-income countries: Cleft lip and palate (CLP) surgery

Miss Olivia Howe, Medical Student, Nottingham University


Session 4: Basic surgical skills- porcine skin closure, anaesthetic infiltration, skin laceration repair, virtual reality in medicine and surgery (VRiMS)

Porcine skin closure and anaesthetic infiltration

Dr Vladislav Kutuzov, Speciality Trainee in Trauma and Orthopaedics, Royal Oldham Hospital and Mr Vaaheesan Sundaraanantham

Student helpers: Miss Monica Nguyen

Porcine tendon repair station

Miss Apoorva Khajuria, Trauma and Orthopaedic Registrar, The Royal London

Student helpers: Mr Jack Wellington and Mr Senthooran Kathiravelupillai  

Virtual reality in medicine and surgery

Mr Karamveer Narang, Doctor, Surrey and Sussex Healthcare NHS Trust

Student helpers: Mr Mustafa Al Asady and Mr Saad Dosani

Skin laceration repair

Mr Ankur Khajuria, Speciality Trainee Registrar in Plastic Surgery, PanThames London Rotation

Student helpers: Miss Maymay Launiyomchon and Miss Abirami Kathiravelupillai  

Tea and coffee break

Session 5: Surgical trainee perspectives and portfolios

Integrated academic training- NIHR academic clinical fellowship

Mr Arjun Nathan, Urology Trainee, Royal Free Hospital 

Conducting a research fellowship in America

Dr Razan Basonbul, Speciality Trainee, University Hospitals Birmingham NHS Foundation Trust

Joining the association of surgeons in training

Mr Setthasorn Ooi, Medical Student, Cardiff University School of Medicine

Core surgical application and how to succeed

Dr Vladislav Kutuzov

Preparing a surgical portfolio

Mr Jonathan Kyriakides, University College London Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

Session 6: Developing a resilience mindset

Developing a resilience mindset

Mr Goldie Khera, Consultant General Surgeon, Brighton and Sussex University Hospital NHS trust

Closing remarks
Close of meeting


Royal Society of Medicine, 1 Wimpole St, Marylebone, London, W1G 0AE, United Kingdom

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

Registration for this event will close on 10 June 2022 at 1am. Late registrations will not be accepted. 


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