Education forms the foundation of the SSSM mission. Our extensive and comprehensive curriculum covers all aspects of surgery. This ranges from 'hands on' and interactive surgical skills workshops, to didactic formal lectures from guest speakers pertaining to surgical presentations and research. We also collaborate with other institutions including the University of Melbourne, Department of Surgery, to assist them in promoting and coordinating of student-directed events, such as those focusing on entry into surgical training programs.
Our key educational achievements to date include the organising and hosting of:
- 28 events throughout the academic year for 2017, reaching over 300 students across 7 clinical sites
- 18 surgical skills workshops across 3 days as part of the MD Student Conference, which catered to a total of 720 medical students.
We are very proud of these successes, and are always striving to further develop and expand our curriculum.
For 2018, the SSSM has implemented a rotating lecture series. The lecture series will encompass 20 talks that encompass key topics from all nine surgical sub-specialities, and will be hosted across the nine Melbourne Medical School clinical sites. This series will maximise student and speaker accessibility, thereby enabling clinical and research leaders specific to the topic to deliver the presentation. This is a first for the organisation since it's inception, and a project we are very exciting to implement.
A key component of the SSSM educational curriculum are the skills workshops. These sessions are modelled of the JDOCS curriculum, thereby enabling SSSM members to up-skill in key surgical competencies. Our workshops are implemented at all Melbourne Medical School clinical sites, and pertain to the following skills:
- Airway management and intubation
The SSSM incorporates key events that act to broaden our curriculum. These sessions cover topics relating to gaining acceptance into training programs, expectations during and after specialty training, and work-life balance advance, amongst others. Key events for 2018 include:
- Surgical careers night - Q&A session between attendees and representatives from all nine surgical specialties
- Women in Surgery - in keeping with the RACS 'let's operate with respect' campaign, we invite highly esteemed female surgical leaders to break stereotypes and inspire future female surgeons