Hull York Medical School 10th National Undergraduate Surgical Conference

18th March 2023 (Saturday)
Allam Medical Building, University of Hull, Cottingham Road, Hull, HU6 7RX


Aims and Objectives

  • Discover an interest in surgery and experience a variety of surgical specialties through keynote talks and workshops.
  • Educational opportunity to learn about global surgery, international humanitarian missions, improvement and education of underdeveloped healthcare systems, interesting complex surgeries performed in underserviced areas globally, perspective on training abroad, and military trauma surgery.
  • Learn and practice a variety of surgical skills covering a range of surgical specialties through a series of hands-on practical workshops.
  • Present research to colleagues and faculty.
  • Network with consultant surgeons, surgical trainees, and medical students interested in surgery from all around the UK.

Fee, Date and Venue

  • Date : 18th March 2023 (Saturday)
  • Venue : Allam Medical Building, University of Hull, Cottingham Road, Hull, HU6 7RX
  • Conference Fee : £10.00 (A reduced fee of £8.00 is available for the first 20 delegates. This will be offered on a first come first served basis).
  • Number of Places : 100
  • Suitable for : Medical Students

Abstract Submissions

Abstract submissions for the poster competition are welcome and delegates may submit a maximum of two surgery related abstracts. This may be as a First Author or Co-Author.

Please note that you need to register for conference to present your research if successful

Abstract submissions must be received no later than 5th March 2023.


The Hull and York Surgical Societies' 10th National Surgical Conference is the flagship annual event organised collaboratively by York Surgical Society and Hull Surgical Society.

This one-day national student conference features several keynote talks from consultant surgeons on a variety of topics within the field of surgery. The keynote speakers invited are national and international leaders in their respective surgical fields.

This year’s conference theme is “Innovating Surgery Around the Globe” and will discuss a variety of topics.

The conference includes a series of hands-on practical workshops teaching a variety of essential surgical skills and covering a wide range of surgical specialties and surgical interests.

The workshops will include Basic Suturing Skills, Knot Tying, Orthopaedic Workshop,Tendon Repair, Local Flaps,Vascular Anastomosis, CV/Surgical Portfolio, Laparoscopic Surgery Skills, Chest Drain Insertion, Interventional Radiology, and Neurosurgical Skills.

This academic meeting also offers delegates the opportunity to present research projects as well as the opportunity to network with like-minded colleagues, surgical trainees and consultant surgeons.

Organising Committee

  • Conference Co-Chair: Mr Rohan Chikhal
  • Conference Co-Chair: Miss Mariam Hussain
  • Finance and Sponsorships Lead: Miss Palida Jantarang
  • Logistics Lead: Mr Rodrigo Muscogliati
  • Workshop Lead: Miss Megan Swindley
  • Social Media Officer: Mr Abhishek Alex
  • Social Media Officer: Miss Riya Panchmatia
  • Social Media Officer: Miss Emily Kominco
  • Logistics Officer: Mr Eduardo Muscogliati

Workshop Tutors

Professor Mahmoud Loubani, MBBCh, Dip Hlth Mgt, MMedEd, MD, FRCS, FRCSI, FRCS(CTh), FETCS, FAcadMEd, FFSTEd, SFHEA
Honorary Professor of Cardiothoracic Surgery
Hull University Teaching Hospitals. Hull

Mr George Spink BSc (hons), MBBS, FRCS
Consultant in Neurosurgery, Spinal Specialist
Hull University Teaching Hospitals. Hull

Ms Louise Hitchman, BSc (hons), MBBS, PGCert, MRCS, MSc
NIHR Doctoral Research Fellow/ RCS Research Fellow
Registrar in Vascular Surgery
Hull Royal Infirmary. Hull

Ms Elizabeth Moulder, MBBS, MRCS
Consultant in Trauma and Orthopaedics
Hull University Teaching Hospitals. Hull

Mr Vassili Crispi, MBBS, MSc, AFHEA
Academic Foundation Doctor
Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust. Leeds

Dr Raghuram Lakshminarayan, MBBS, DMRD, DNB, FRCR, FRANZCR, EBIR
Consultant Vascular Radiologist
Hull University Teaching Hospital, Hull. Leeds

Workshop Student Leads:

Mr Matti Jubouri
3rd Year Medical Student
Hull York Medical School

Miss Mariam Hussain
3rd Year Medical Student
Hull York Medical School

Mr Rohan Chikhal
4th Year Medical Student
Hull York Medical School

Mr Joshua Williams
5th Year Medical Student
University of Manchester


1. Basic Surgical Skills – Suturing:

This workshop will seek to teach delegates how to safely handle surgical equipment and effectively perform simple continuous sutures and simple interrupted sutures.

2. Basic Surgical Skills - Knot Tying:

This workshop will seek to teach and enable delegates to practice a wide variety of knot tying techniques used in wound closure.

3. Chest Drain Insertion:

Inserting chest drain is an essential skill required for all aspiring surgeons, particularly cardiothoracic and trauma. This workshop will seek to teach this skill using animal tissue.

4. Vascular Anastomoses:

This workshop will teach students to experience the process of anastomosis of blood vessels (connecting blood vessels together) via suturing.

5. Orthopaedic Skills:

This orthopaedic workshop will seek to provide an opportunity for all budding orthopods to practice orthopaedic skills such as dynamic hip screw (DHS) insertion and external fixation, and get to handle the various types of orthopaedic hardware including plates and screws.

6. Spinal Neurosurgery:

This workshop will provide students with an insight into neurosurgery via a practical session on different types of neuro spinal procedures.

7. Tendon Repair:

This orthoplastics workshop will involve the use of animal tissue to enable delegates to practice repair of a tendon rupture using the ‘Modified Kessler’ technique.

8. Skin Flap Reconstruction:

This plastic surgery workshop will seek to teach delegates how to perform the Z-plasty and rhomboid-plasty techniques using animal tissue.

9. Surgical Portfolio Building:

The workshop will detail the application process for Core surgical trainees. Tips on how to prepare a surgical portfolio will be given together with explanations on how to showcase evidence of achievements, knowledge and skills.

10. How to Get into Medical School

This workshop will provide an overview of the steps necessary to apply to medical school as well as the opportunity to ask questions on topics such as interviews or UCAS.

11. Local Flaps (Plastics)

This workshop will use animal tissue in order to provide delegates with the opportunity to practice creating a local flap which are typically used in plastic surgery for reconstructing replacement tissue into a recipient site. The tutors will firstly demonstrate how to create the flap and delegates will then be given the opportunity to practice the skill.

12. Interventional radiology

This workshop will enable delegates to gain access to high tech flow models and experience angioplasty, thrombectomy and embolization in a simulated setting.

13. Laparoscopic Skills

This workshop will detail the core laproscopic skills which are essential for many surgical specialities. Delegates will work on specifically designed laparoscopic work stations to learn a variety of knot tying and suturing techniques.