About this event

  • Date and time Tue 19 Mar 2024 from 9:00am to 5:00pm
  • Location Online
  • Organised by Surgery

Join us for this popular annual revision day which will provide candidates with the distinct opportunity to refine and test their knowledge, practice exam technique, and clarify any issues with an experienced UK based faculty.

Attendees will gain a dynamic view of the key topics covered in the general surgery section 2 exam and be provided with an intensive overview of the core materials.

Take part to hear from experienced consultants who will cover most of the sub-specialties, making this meeting ideal for those preparing for examinations or trainees simply wanting to refresh their knowledge.

The primary aim of this meeting is to provide surgical trainees and SAS doctors with updates in preparation for the FRCS exam in general and vascular surgery. By taking part, attendees will acquire the knowledge, communication skills and techniques to excel in the exam. 

By attending this meeting, you will

  • Know the current best practice in each surgical sub-specialty.
  • Enhance your understanding on the most important concepts for the purpose of the FRCS examination.
  • Have the opportunity to ask the speakers questions and discuss any difficult issues.


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Welcome and introduction

Session 1

Chairs: Miss Catherine Zabkiewicz, Consultant Breast Surgeon, Aneurin Bevan University Health Board, Mr Diwakar Ryali Sarma, Consultant Colorectal Surgeon, Sandwell and West Birmingham NHS Trust and Ms Grace Ho Kiu Wong, Consultant Breast Surgeon, Worthing Hospital 

Structure of exam

Miss Bryony Lovett, Consultant Surgeon, Medical Director of Surgery Mid and South Essex NHS Foundation Trust and Chair, Court of Examiners, Royal College of Surgeons 

Mock viva session

Mr M R S Siddiqui, Consultant General Surgeon, South Tyneside and Sunderland NHS Foundation Trust 

Academic section

Mr Kasun Wanigasooriya, Post CCT Fellow, Health Education West Midlands 

Panel discussion
Comfort break

Session 2

Chair: Mr Josef Watfah, Consultant Emergency and Colorectal Surgeon, Northwick Park and St Mark's Hospital and President, Surgery Section, Royal Society of Medicine

Breast surgery

Ms Catherine Zababkiewicz

Endocrine surgery

Mr Gabriele Galata, Consultant Endocrine and General Surgeon, King’s College Hospital

Panel discussion
Comfort break

Session 3

Chair: Miss Rachel Hargest, Consultant Surgeon and Senior Lecturer, University Hospital of Wales, Council member, Royal College of Surgeons of England, Miss Catherine Zabkiewicz and Mr Diwakar Ryali Sarma

Benign proctology and inflammatory bowel disease (IBD)

Mr Kapil Sahnan, Consultant Surgeon, St Marks Hospital 

Colorectal cancer

Mr Paul Sutton, Consultant Colorectal, Pelvic and Peritoneal Surgeon, The Christie NHS Foundation Trust

Panel discussion

Chair: Miss Rachel Hargest, Consultant Surgeon and Senior Lecturer, University Hospital of Wales and Council member, Royal College of Surgeons of England

Bariatric surgery

Mr Saurav Chakravartty, Consultant Upper GI and Bariatric Surgeon, The Shrewsbury and Telford Hospital NHS Trust 

Oesophagus and gastric (OG) surgery

Mr Lalin Navaratne, Consultant Upper GI Surgeon, Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust 

Panel discussion

Miss Catherine Zabkiewicz and Mr Diwakar Ryali Sarma

Comfort break

Session 4

Vascular surgery

Mr Ankur Thapar, Consultant Vascular Surgeon and Senior Research Fellow, Mid and South Essex Hospitals and Anglia Ruskin University

Principles of general surgery

Miss Rachel Hargest

Closing comments

Mr Josef Watfah

Close of meeting




Registration for this event will close at 1:00am on Monday 18 March 2024. Late registrations will not be accepted.

The agenda is subject to change at any time

If the event is recorded, we are only able to share presentations that we have received permission to share. There is no guarantee that all sessions will be available after the event, this is at the presenter’s and RSM’s discretion.

All views expressed at this event are of the speakers themselves and not of the Royal Society of Medicine, nor the speaker's organisations.

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

Domus - reception

While you’re attending this event

Why not stay in the comfort of our hotel, Domus Medica, book dinner in the restaurant, or even hire one of our private dining rooms to socialise with your peers?

RSM members enjoy access to our enviable club facilities. For more information, please contact our team at domus@rsm.ac.uk or restaurant@rsm.ac.uk.

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