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The Nuffield Department of Surgical Sciences hosted the inaugural Careers in Academic Surgery (CIAS) conference on Saturday 2 September with 55 students and trainees attending from all over the UK.


Held in the John Radcliffe Hospital in Oxford, the day began with a welcome speech from the Director of Education, Professor Ashok Handa, followed by two inspiring keynote talks from Professor Alison Halliday and Professor David Taggart.

Current AF1 and AF2’s then talked about how and why to secure an Academic Foundation Programme, followed by more quick-fire talks on entrepreneurship, innovation and the cutting-edge.

Attendees also benefited from a panel discussion about life as an academic surgeon and the journey from Academic Clinical Fellow to Professor, chaired by Professor Handa, and a series of short workshops on ‘Real world critical appraisal and EBM in surgery’, ‘How to present a great poster’ and ‘CV clinic with real interviews’.

Poster competition

20 students participated in the Poster Exhibition and Competition, which included 12 participations from Oxford University. Congratulations to the prize winners:


  • Yaro Shkanov, 4th Year Medical Student, Southampton. “Does the preoperative psychosocial status impact on postoperative outcomes in abdominal aortic aneurysm patients?”.

Runners up

  • Michal Woyton, 6th Year Medical Student, Oxford. “Determining the effect of self-reported comorbidities on the Oxford Knee Score following primary total knee replacement”.
  • Dr Samuel Bennett, FY1, Milton Keynes, “Medical Student learning resources and the scope for Virtual Reality”.

Special thanks to Rhiannon Baldwin and Rory Maclean for organising an excellent inaugural CiAS conference.

The inaugural Careers in Academic Surgery conference was held on 2 September 2017 at John Radcliffe Hospital in Oxford.© NDS


The inaugural Careers in Academic Surgery conference was held on 2 September 2017 at John Radcliffe Hospital in Oxford.© NDS

The inaugural Careers in Academic Surgery conference was held on 2 September 2017 at John Radcliffe Hospital in Oxford.© NDS

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