Following the success of our four-previous sold out conferences, HYMS Joint Surgical Societies are delighted to present the Fifth National Undergraduate Surgical Conference, which will take place on Saturday 20th of January 2018 at the Ron Cooke Hub, University of York.

This one day event is open to all undergraduate medical students and will offer delegates an opportunity to attend three workshops covering a range of surgical skills and specialities. Our goal is to provide all attendees with the opportunities to deepen their understanding and enthusiasm for surgery, to gain exposure to a range of surgical specialities and to build their basic skills from knot-tying to chest drain insertion, portfolio-building to laparoscopic skills. With many more practical workshops available, specifically designed to be varied and flexible so that each delegate may select learning opportunities from which they can most benefit.

Our keynote speakers represent a cross-section of some of the leading figures in surgery and it will be a huge honour to welcome them to York: Professor Derek Alderson (President of the Royal College of Surgeons, editor-in-chief of BJS Open and leading expert in oesophagogastric surgery); Professor Farah Bhatti (Consultant Caridothoracic Surgeon and Chair of the Women in Surgery Forum at the Royal College of Surgeons); Colonel Paul Parker (Trauma and Orthopaedic surgeon who is one of few parachute-trained surgeons in the British Army); Mr Paul McMaster (Gresham lecturer and Chairman of the Board of MSF UK). We are certain they will provide insightful and inspirational teaching to all who attend and look forward to gaining from their experience and clinical excellence.

Fee, Date and Venue

  • Date : 20th January 2018, Saturday
  • Venue : The Ron Cooke Hub, Deramore Lane, Heslington, York, YO10 5GE
  • Conference Fee : £15.00
  • No of Places Available : 100
  • Closing Date : Places will be offered on a first-come-first-served basis and, as such, we are unable to provide a precise closing date.
  • Target ​A​udience : Medical Students
  • Abstract submission for poster presentations are welcome.
  • Deadline for Abstract Submissions : 12 noon 5th January 2018.


Time Programee
08:00 - 08:30 Registration
08:30 - 08:35 Welcome: Mr George Spink and Mr John Norman
08:35 - 09:35 First Keynote: Colonel Paul Parker
09:35 - 10:35 Workshop 1
(Delegates will choose from a selection upon registration)
10:35 - 11:00 Refreshments in atrium
11:00 - 11:45 Second Keynote: Professor Farah Bhatti
11:45 - 12:45 Workshop 2
(Delegates will choose from a selection upon registration) Panelists: Oxford-based foundation doctors recently returned from their electives
12:45 - 13:45 Lunch in atrium
(Student Presentations throughout)
13:45 - 14:30 Third Keynote: Mr Paul McMaster
14:35 - 15:35 Workshop 3
(Delegates will choose from a selection upon registration)
15:35 - 16:00 Refreshments in atrium
16:00 - 16:45 Fourth Keynote: Professor Derek Alderson
16:45 - 17:00 Award of Prizes and Close


Professor Derek Alderson, President of the Royal College of Surgeons, England

Professor Farah Bhatti, Consultant Cardiothoracic Surgeon & Chair of the RCS Women in Surgery Forum

Mr Paul McMaster, Senior Surgical Advisor, Médecins Sans Frontières

Colonel Paul Parker, Consultant Trauma and Orthopaedic Surgeon

Mr George Spink, Lead Faculty

Organising Committee

  • Mr John Norman, Conference Lead
  • Miss Mai Nguyen, Hull Surgical Society President
  • Mr Joe Hopkins, York Surgical Society President
  • Miss Chie Katsura, Treasurer
  • Mr Nathan Choong, York Representative
  • Miss Ella Evans, Hull Representative
  • Mr Vassili Crispi, Hull Representative