Surgical Society

SurgSoc

From the President

From learning complex surgical skills to networking with local Canberra surgeons, the ANU Surgical Society strives to bring the world of surgery to students. For me, while I may be biased, this is one of the most exciting societies because it provides what is often the first real hands-on surgical experience for ANU Medical Students.

COVID-19 has put a spanner in the works for the past few years. This year, we are determined to bring you a handful of brilliant events: suturing workshops, the annual Women in Surgery event, a networking evening, and the ‘Golden Humerus’ pub trivia night, to name a few. By the end of the year, you will be a whizz with a scalpel and forceps, have conquered hand ties with both hands, have bested one of Canberra’s orthopaedic surgeons with your anatomy trivia knowledge, and have a solid idea what a career in surgery looks like.

We have an amazing, strong team who will represent your year and let you know when exciting opportunities and surgical conferences around the country are coming up. We will keep you up-to-date with the latest news in the world of surgery and what is happening with other Australian Surgical Societies.

I am very excited for what we have planned this year and we all look forward to seeing you at events.

– Isabel

Symposium

From the Women in Surgery Officer

Hi! My name’s Bridget and I’m honoured to be ANU’s Women in Surgery Officer for 2022. This year I am dedicated to providing inclusive skill development and relationship building opportunities for anyone interested in getting the most out of their med school experience. 

My time as a medical student and member of the SurgSoc has taught me one overarching lesson: community is empowering. There are so many wonderful people around us – both educators and peers – who are excited to engage, support, mentor and sponsor young women in medicine and as WiS Officer I will strive to facilitate the building of these relationships for others. As an introvert myself I appreciate the difficulties and stresses of traditional ‘networking’. But my first year of medicine was incredibly fulfilling in no small part due to the friends, support and mentors who wanted to see me succeed. I hope to pay this forward!

Surgery is a competitive field but I say: screw toxic competition!! Let’s see a community of women who empower each other instead. Please feel free to reach out if you are seeking support or have any questions – surgical or non-surgical – and I will try to help!

Bridget

Events in 2022

Q1

Suturing Workshop 1

Women in Surgery x Women in Medicine Event

Q2

Suturing Workshop 2

Networking + Trivia Night

Q3

Suturing Workshop 2

Symposium

Women in Surgery Event

Q4

Suturing Workshop 2

Golden Scalpel Games

Meet the Surgical Society Team

Isabel 2021

Isabel

(she/her)
President

Andjela 2022

Andjela

(she/her)
Vice President

Patrick 2022

Patrick

(he/him)
Secretary

Adam Stephanou

Adam

(he/him)
Treasurer

Bridget 2022

Bridget

(she/her)
Women in Surgery Officer

Edwin 2022

Edwin

(he/him)
Year 1 Representative

Veronique 2021

Veronique

(she/her)
Year 2 Representative

May 2021

May

(she/her)
Year 3 Representative

Akash 2022

Akash

(he/him)
Year 4 Representative

Surgical Society

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