2024 Welsh Surgical Society Events

WSS Summer Meeting will be held on Thursday 16th May 2024 in St David’s Hotel, Cardiff with added trainee day at The Cardiff Medicentre.

WSS Winter meeting will be held 28-29 November 2024 at Royal Society of Medicine, London

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About us

The Welsh Surgeons currently meet bi-annually in May and November. Our meetings occur on a Thursday afternoon and Friday with scientific papers presented over the two days. The location rotates around the hospitals in Wales with each surgical department taking turns to host the Society. We have an active twitter account @welshsurgeons.

History of the Welsh Surgeons: The Welsh Surgical Society/Cymdeithas Lawfeddygol Cymru: Happy 70<sup>th</sup> Birthday | The Bulletin of the Royal College of Surgeons of England (rcseng.ac.uk)

President – Miss Rachel Hargest, Consultant Surgeon, Cardiff and Vale NHS Trust

Treasurer – Prof Dean Harris, Consultant Surgeon, Swansea Bay NHS Trust

Secretary – Mr Mark Davies, Consultant Surgeon, Swansea Bay NHS Trust

Administration and Conference Organization – www.cmevents.co

Sponsorship Enquiries arwen@cmevents.co

What does the meeting cover?

The meeting covers all aspects of general surgery and is broadly inclusive of all subspecialties within that field. There is also a parallel trade exhibition. A business meeting for all full members of the society (consultant general surgeons practising in Wales) is held at the end of the Thursday afternoon session.

A call for abstracts

Prior to each meeting a call for abstracts is circulated (instructions for submissions can be found on this website). A panel consisting of the officers of the society and the local organiser of the meeting scores all of the papers submitted.

The highest scoring papers are presented on Thursday afternoon and are eligible for the registrar and junior medals. Students will also be eligible for the Welsh Surgical Society student prize if presenting during this session. These awards are presented to the winners by the society president at the dinner on the Thursday evening.

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Welsh Surgeons Next Meeting Thursday 16th May 2024

The meeting will be held at St David's Hotel, Cardiff

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Welsh Surgeons 70th Anniversary Meeting 11-12 May 2023

The winner of the Ivor Lewis Prize (Registrar Abstract Presentation) was Miss Louise Silva for her abstract 'Psycho-social outcomes following emergency laparotomy (The POLO Study): Preliminary results & Gut Feelings'.

The winner of the Richard Johnson Prize (Junior Abstract Presentation) was Dr Hyatt O’Callaghan for her abstract 'Gallbladder polyps and pancreatitis buried in a sea of biliary colic: An audit assessing prioritisation of the laparoscopic cholecystectomy waiting list.'

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Gwilym Griffith Travelling Fellowship

Trainees are encouraged to apply for the Gwilym Griffith Travelling Fellowship.

The value of the award is up to £1500 and may be used towards the cost of young surgeons visiting foreign centres to gain experience that cannot be obtained here in the United Kingdom.

Application is by curriculum vitae attached to a detailed itinerary of the proposed visit and should be forwarded to the Honorary Secretary by the closing date. The successful trainee/s may be required to present a brief summary of their trip to the society.

Past winners include Mr David Chan 2019, Mr Rami Radwan 2021 and Mr Faris Soliman 2022.

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