My name is Luke Holland and I am the President for the Brighton & Sussex Medical School Surgical Society. The society has improved year by year, and I aim to continue this trend by introducing new and exciting events to our calender in addition to our traditional sessions. By doing this my goal is to encourage our medical school's best students to seriously consider a surgical career pathway.
Before I started medical school my work experience led me to be interested in a surgical career and this was reaffirmed as soon as I started university. In Phase 1 dissection classes were the highlight of the week, and since starting my clinical years the days that I have scrubbed into operations have definitely been the most memorable to my medical career so far.
I find surgery interesting, challenging, rewarding and great fun. Since starting university I have developed a passion (bordering on obsession) for cardiothoracic surgery for a number of reasons. The operations can be truly life changing, and the perioperative care demands a sound understanding of physiology, something I also want from my surgical career. If anyone would like to contact me personally, I would love to hear from you: email@example.com
Vice President - Peter Hayward
Hi there, my name is Peter Hayward and I am Vice President of the Surgical Society.
Before coming to medical school, I spent a few years working in an Operating Department, which sparked my love of surgery, gave me the motivation and inspiration to come to medical school. I have watched countless procedures, and read a great deal around the subject, as I am always keen to widen my understanding of all types of surgery. At the moment, I am most interested in Upper GI & Vascular surgery, but there is no speciality which doesn't fire my imagination! During my first year at BSMS I was the First Year Rep, which was a fantastic experience, and enabled me to learn a great deal about how the society runs, as well as getting to grips with basic knot-tying and suturing.
I would whole-heartedly encourage anyone considering a career in surgery to get in touch with the SurgSoc, as we are here to help budding surgeons as much as possible!
Secretary - Heba Mohamad
Hi, I'm Heba and I'm the secretary. Being in the society last year has been great and I am very happy to be given the chance to be involved again. We have lots of great events planned and I can't wait to meet all the new enthusiastic, driven people who are as passionate about surgery as I am. I haven't yet settled on a speciality, as every surgeon I have met has managed to spark my interest and I hope the people that come to our events will be as inspired as I am.
As secretary, I am responsible for the general organisation of the meetings and taking minutes but will do any other jobs that are needed to keep the society running smoothly. If anyone has any questions on how to be more involved, please don't hesitate to contact me on firstname.lastname@example.org
Communications - Morayo Sulleiman
Hi everyone, my name is Morayo and I’m a second year medical student. I have involved myself in the surgical society’s activities since my first year. I have a keen interest in surgery spiralled from work experience in a number of specialties. As communications officer I am responsible for ensuring members are adequately informed about the society and its activities, aiding student engagement and managing the website.
My name is Kashif Qamar and I am the treasurer for the BSMS surgical society. I have always been fascinated by the field of surgery. Over the past few years I have had several placements in theatres and surgical wards. In the speciality I am not only attracted to the high, the rush or the thrills of cutting someone open to save their life but also to the opportunity of having a positive impact on someone’s health and wellbeing.
My role as a treasurer is to manage the society’s finances. I look forward to raising sufficient funds for the society that would enable them to provide medics with exceptional experiences into the field of surgery. I hope to be a valuable member of the committee and support the team in every way possible.
Treasurer - Kashif Qamar
Year 5 rep- Frances Germain
Year 4 rep - Rosie Tucker
Hi, my name is Rosie Tucker and I am the 4th year rep for the BSMS surgical society. I have been interested in surgery for as long as I can remember; this has since escalated into a passion since starting at medical school. In years 1 and 2 the afternoons spent in the dissection room made up all for all the hours spent in the lecture theatre worthwhile. In 3rd year I scrubbed in and assisted in as many operations as I could, and this contact with the surgical world made me more determined to strive for surgery as a career.
I have been fascinated by cardiothoracic surgery for years; as a result I am basing my year 4 elective in the Groote Schuur Hospital in Cape Town South Africa, where Dr Christiaan Barnard performed the first heart transplant in 1967.
I hope that with the support and education, which our society aims to deliver, all students interested in surgery will be able to gain experience and learn new skills which will equip them to make an informed decision when considering surgery as a career path. As the 4th year rep I will bridge the gap between students and the society and together we will all have another successful year.
Intercalating year rep - Amie Patel
Hi my name is Amie Patel and I am the intercalating rep for the BSMS Surgical Society. Having had a particular interest in surgery prior to starting medical school, I have been keen to learn more about the specialty and would like to broaden the knowledge of both myself and others. I will be intercalating in Physiology at King’s College London next year and intend for this to act as a platform to network with experts in their fields who are willing to share their expertise and enthusiasm with BSMS. I am confident this will add depth to the experience that people get from SurgSoc.
I especially enjoy the hands-on aspect of surgery and am therefore eager to contribute to the increasingly popular surgical skills sessions. I look forward to sharing what Brighton and Sussex Medical School Surgical Society have to offer next year.
Year 2 rep - Stefan Klimach
Hi, my name is Stefan Klimach. Thank you very much to everyone who voted for me as the second year rep. I have a strong interest in surgery; the dedication, focus and skill as well as the interpersonal aspects greatly appeal to me.
I spend as much time as possible in theatres and clinics when at home as well as attending lots of surgical events during term time. As second year rep I will keep everyone up-to-date about all the available extra-curricular surgical events both within BSMS Surgical Society and those organised by professional surgical bodies. Thanks again.
Hi, my name is Matt King and I am the first year rep for BSMS surgical society. I have always had a strong interest in surgery, and the insights and skills I have been shown via the society have only served to strengthen this interest.
I have had a great time meeting new people at our events and would urge anyone who’s interested in surgery to come along and see what it’s all about. Not only has it made me more aware of the role of surgery and surgeons, but has given me a big head start for when I start my surgery rotation in a few years time. Hope to see you all there soon!
Year 1 rep - Matt King
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