Tuesday, 8 November 2016

MUSIG 2016

The Monash University Surgical Interest Group (MUSIG) is a not-for-profit, student run organisation, dedicated to promoting the profession of surgery to medical students at Monash University. Since the last edition of the Cutting Edge, MUSIG has been busy with several key events.

Surgical Careers Symposium  

In April, MUSIG held a Pathways into Surgery Symposium, where each of the nine RACS Surgical Specialties were represented by a distinguished Consultant Surgeon or current surgical Trainee. The event was keenly attended by students across all year levels and was streamed live to regional Clinical Schools. Surgeons highlighted the fascinating world of their chosen specialties, discussed personal career pathways, and covered topics ranging from advice on becoming a competent and proficient surgeon, to involvement in research and academia, and the importance of mentorship.

MUSIG would like to thank the Victorian Regional Office of the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons and each of Monash University’s Departments of Surgery for their wonderful support of this event.

Surgical Skills Workshops

Across May to August, MUSIG held four surgical skills workshops (Alfred, MMC, Gippsland and Preclinical), reaching over 200 medical students. Stations ranged from basic suturing and hand-tying, to more advanced skills such as laparoscopic simulation, airway management, chest-tube insertion, bowel anastomosis, cyst removal, z-plasty and tendon repair. Guided by outstanding surgeons and trainees who generously volunteered their time and expertise, students wetted their appetite for surgery, brushed up on their surgical anatomy and gained a greater understanding of the intricacies and dexterity involved in surgery. At each of the workshops, surgeons gave very positive feedback and praised students for their enthusiastic attitude and learning abilities.

MUSIG and attending students would like to extend another heart-felt thanks to all Surgeons who assisted as tutors, and to the Departments of Surgery at the Central Clinical School, the School of Clinical Sciences (Monash Health), the Gippsland Clinical School and the Department of Anatomy & Developmental Biology for their ongoing support and backing.

How can you get involved?

Many doctors and surgeons tirelessly share their knowledge and passion for surgery at our events. If you, or staff in your Department are interested in teaching medical students with a keen interest in surgery, please feel free to contact our chairs Michael Zhu and Matthew Lam at musig@mumus.org.

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