As most of you busy surgical trainees will know all too well, time flies. Well, this is certainly true for SYSURG – we can barely believe it but we are now ONE YEAR OLD!
It’s been a busy and exciting year for the new collaborative. Over that time we have taken part and contributed to some of the exciting national projects including the WBPA Survey, ROCSS trial and the Sepsis audit. In the last six months we have also started to develop some of our very own studies, including readmission in General Surgery (RAGeS), Ethicheck and the MRCP in Acute Gallstone Disease (MAGD) Study, which will all be launching soon. We have also taken an active part in the National Research Collaborative (NRC) and continue to work with them as well as the many other hard working research collaboratives around the country.
And we have so much to look forward to in our second year! We want to continue our work with junior trainees to inspire them to get involved with research and developing their own projects. To this end we are looking forward to launching the first Surgical Audit Meeting. Encouraging trainees to submit and share their hard work with consultant feedback, we can hopefully help trainees to appreciate the value of their work in the wider context of patient health and wellbeing and inspire them to take their ideas to new levels. We have high hopes for developing excellent resources for our new YouTube channel for surgical trainees becoming involved in project development. We are also thrilled to be hosting the NRC Conference in the City of Steel in December 2015!
So, in summary it has been an exciting and productive year! Now time for us to have a big fat slice of birthday cake!