Ogston Plan 2020-21

Now that the year is in full swing, our VP Danielle has outlined what you can expect from Ogston for the 2020-21 calendar. hope to see you all at some future events!


Here at the Ogston Surgical Society, our events always centre around 3 key components:

  • Allowing students to learn and gain confidence in a variety of surgical skills

  • Exploring different surgical specialties

  • Engaging in learning and research


Some regular events include surgical skills workshops, careers evenings, as well as exam revision tutorials throughout the academic year.


This year our events calendar will look a little different due to the current circumstances. However, we have been working hard in the background to ensure that the events we usually host face to face can be delivered online so that you can all still enjoy what we have to offer as a society.


What can you expect from Ogston this year?


‘So you want to be surgeon?’

As is tradition, Mr Aly, Consultant Colorectal & General Surgeon, kicked off the year with a fantastic talk. ‘So you want to be a surgeon?’ is a great insight into surgery as a career. The talk is always a highlight of the year, and even though it was delivered online, Mr Aly still managed to deliver an excellent session with his passion for surgery clearly showing. Students from all years of medical school attended and the positive feedback was overwhelming. What a great way to start off our year!


Key Surgical Skills Competition

Our “Key Surgical Skills Competition” had been designed to fill the gap of our usual Freshers Surgical Skills event and the “Future Surgeons Key Skills” event we usually host annually. Whilst we currently cannot see you face to face to teach you how to knot tie and other surgical skills, our fantastic Suturing and Practical Skills Convenors designed videos to give you a step-by-step tutorial so you could follow along from the comfort of your own home. We were overwhelmed with the number of entries and want to thank everyone for entering! We hope everyone enjoyed their goodie-bags! Congratulations to our winners!


Suturing Tutorials

In previous years our suturing courses have been very popular, and we can assure you that the pandemic has not prevented us from delivering suturing and surgical skills. Keep your eye out for a blog coming soon from our Practical Skills Convenors about how we plan to deliver our practical side of surgical skills this year.


Surgical Cases Teaching Series

Perhaps the most exciting event new for this year that Gary touched on in his welcome message is the introduction of the Ogston International Online Surgical Teaching Series. Once a month, for the next 6 months, beginning in October, we will introduce a different surgical specialty. These will be delivered in line with the curriculum being covered at the time, at the University of Aberdeen. Each monthly session will consist of 2 parts (on two separate evenings); one will be a clinical session delivered by a junior doctor, the other will be delivered by our senior medical students of the Ogston Surgical Society Committee and will further explore the specialty with cases and SBA questions.


Our first event for the teaching series kicked off on the 27th October with a talk on Basic Fracture Principles and Management from Mr Tristan McMillan (ST8 Orthopaedics & Trauma). The second session for Orthopaedics was delivered on the 29th October by our committee and covered hip fractures, the polytrauma patient and osteoarthritis of the knee. Over 100 attendees signed up, from 24 universities, spanning 11 countries and 5 continents!


November will focus on Obstetrics and Gynaecology, with December being a big month covering Neurosurgery and General Surgery. Stay tuned to our social media platforms for these announcements. We can’t wait to see you all there!


Journal Club

We have also been working on launching a journal club by linking up with one of the academic societies in the medical school. Meetings will give students the opportunity to evaluate recent scientific papers and look at literature from various surgical specialties. This is a great club to get involved in if you’re looking to learn how to critically evaluate, keep up to date with recently published literature and see how this applies to current clinical practice.


Aberdeen National Undergraduate Surgical Conference

Another highlight of the year is our Aberdeen National Undergraduate Surgical Conference (date 2021 tbc). Last year the conference which was a fantastic success. It was an excellent day of talks from surgeons of various specialties, workshops to explore and develop surgical skills and it also provided an opportunity for students present their surgical research. Read about it here.


Ogston Surgical Elective Bursary

We are extremely proud to introduce, for the first time in the society’s history, a Surgical Elective Bursary for current final year medical students. As a society, we want to encourage anyone to explore a surgical career and we believe that background or finance should not be a barrier to that! Details are to follow, so keep an eye out on our social media platforms this year! All retrospective and prospective surgical electives from this year are encouraged to apply!


Regardless of career intentions, we offer a variety of events throughout the year aimed at developing skills and knowledge that all graduating doctors will need. We tailor our events to the needs of medical students and are always working on ideas to bring you new experiences that will be useful. For those with an idea that surgery might be the career path for them, or those who simply want to enhance their skills, such as suturing, come and join us at Ogston! We’d be delighted to get to know you and talk about all things surgical!




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