Workshops

Please note that workshop sign-ups are allocated on a first come first serve basis. Fill in your workshops form (which will be emailed out to you shortly after you have bought your ticket) and return it back to us as soon as possible to avoid disappointment!

Core Surgical Skills

These workshops will cover a range of core surgical skills accessible to anyone, with no prior experience necessary

Basic Suturing

Suturing is a core skill that every doctor should be familiar with. This practical workshop will teach delegates the basic suturing skills, including simple interrupted and continuous sutures. Delegates will be able to practise and perfect their suturing skills on high-quality suturing trainers, featuring specially designed synthetic skin, and under close supervision of skilled surgeons. If you have never had the chance to practise suturing before, this is the workshop for you.

Surgical Knot-Tying

Learn about the principles behind knot-tying and how to perform essential knots, including square knots and tying at depth. This is one of the most important skills you can learn, and practice is the best way to improve. This workshop supplements the basic suturing workshop well.

Surgical Airway Management

Hands-on Emergency Surgical Airway practical skill workshop. Come and learn how to do an emergency surgical airway; the “scalpel – bougie – tube” method taught with animal larynxes. Lead by specialist doctors in Anaesthesia and Critical Care Medicine you will be taught the surgical approach to obtaining a rapid definitive airway via the cricothyroid membrane in emergency scenarios when other options to establish oxygenation and ventilation have failed. The official version of taking a Biro pen to a throat!

Advanced Surgical Skills

These workshops are designed to challenge those with past experience in surgical skills and allow them to take these skills to the next level

Experienced Suturing

Learn how to carry out further suturing techniques, such as sub-cuticular suturing, mattress, and running locked sutures, on swine tissue. If you have previously had minimal suturing experience and have learned some basic suturing before, this is the workshop for you! (Surgeons will revisit the basic principles at the beginning of the workshop incase it’s been a while since you last used your basic suturing skills and will then move on to teach you some more technical skills).

Tendon Repair

Do you want to know how to fix a torn tendon? Learn how to carry out the Kessler stitch in order to repair porcine tendons under close supervision. This is usually taught at core surgical trainee level, so don’t miss out on this unique undergraduate opportunity! Similar to the advanced suturing workshop, we recommend this workshop to those with previous basic suturing experience.

Vascular Anastamosis

Vascular surgery comprises some of the most delicate and high-risk operations. In this workshop, you will learn how to carry out end-to-end vascular anastomosis under close supervision. After a brief lecture and demonstration, you will practice on model aortas to provide the optimum suturing experience. Similar to the advanced suturing workshop, we recommend this workshop to those with previous basic suturing experience.

Maxillofacial Workshop

Maxillofacial surgery is a speciality dedicated to treating diseases, injuries and defects of the head and neck, face, jaws and the hard and soft tissues of the oral and maxillofacial regions. Join a team of dedicated maxfax surgeons for a plating workshop; a maxfax skill used to treat traumatic fractures.

Seminar-based Workshops

Suitable for all delegates, come to our seminar-based workshops to find out more about surgery from our passionate speakers

Women In Surgery

Have you ever been shadowing in theatres and found yourself longing to shadow a woman surgeon, to be able to find a mentor who could help you with your surgical goals? Then come to our workshop and participate in a ‘speed dating’ style event with 7 women surgeons from many varied specialities ranging from: ENT, Trauma, Gynaecological, Orthopaedics Surgery and several more.
(This workshop can be attended by both male and female delegates!)

How to be a Surgeon

Here is your 50 minute chance to clear up all the confusions you have ever had about the path to becoming a surgeon – you will be taken through the career path from graduating medical school all the way through to becoming a consultant. This workshop outlines the step-by-step process and different stages of the surgical career. You will get the chance to ask any question you have about how to become a surgeon in the UK, and clear up any misconceptions about exams, specialist training, applications, subspecialities and so forth.

Military Trauma Surgery

Ever felt intrigued by the thought of surgery on the battlefield? Ever longed for a bigger challenge than operating in highly equipped operating theatres? Major Max Marsden and Mr. Phill Pearce will be sharing their first hand experiences in trauma surgery and operating in war zones with you. You will also get the chance to learn current battlefield advanced trauma life-support, and some basic emergency medical/surgical skills to give you a taster of what it’s really like to be saving lives in conflict zones.

CV Clinic

This is a unique opportunity to ask surgeons from different specialities about getting into your preferred career. Please send in your CV in advance of the workshop to make the most out of the session, and on the day you will have the opportunity to discuss your CV in small groups. (Please ONLY sign up for this workshop if you are sure that you can make it on the day).

Proximie

Proximie is a revolutionary application transforming the way surgeons work and teach. Through an interactive augmented reality platform, Proximie enables surgical support to be seamlessly provided from anywhere in the world. Specialist skills are virtually transported to your side – resulting in better patient care, reduced costs and a highly engaging training experience. This will be an interactive workshop with the cofounder of Proximie.