This morning I headed down to London to visit the Royal College of Surgeons for the Future Surgeons’ Forum. I was there representing Warwick Surgical Society as one of the two Co-Presidents - this did cause a bit of a headache, as we’d previously confirmed that both of us could attend. This turned out to be not the case the day before the event, so only one of us could go. Since I had bought train tickets I went along this time, with my colleague planning to attend the next one come March.
Easy journey down, got there a bit earlier than I’d originally planned which meant a more casual walk across London. Eventually found my way to Lincoln’s Inn Fields and plonked down in the RCS Lounge - thankfully the other students there were super friendly and outgoing. Networking lunch before the meeting was a great chance to get to know members of the other university societies, many of whom I had actually bumped into before at conferences.
The meeting itself was about what each society had achieved in the last year, as well as details of any new initiatives. I myself put forward our upcoming work on a student-led mentoring scheme, and asked how other committees measure the impact of their events. It’s fantastic to be able to spend a lot of money and time doing very cool things, but are we reaching and benefitting the right people?
This was followed by talks about the surgical curriculum from national experts in vascular surgery, paediatric surgery, OMFS (maxillofacial surgery) and ENT surgery.
I also got to meet the very excellent human that is Dr Becky Fisher, a very active member of #medtwitter who was really helpful in answering my questions about taking an FY3 year and then applying for run-through specialty training while remaining competitive.
All in all a really informative day and came away with lots of ideas for things Warwick Surgical Soc might be able to achieve this year!