Aberdeen University Student Makes the Cut in National Surgical Skills Competition

A medical student from the University of Aberdeen will represent the North of Scotland in a UK-wide Student Surgical Skills Competition, after winning the North of Scotland Regional Heat of the competition, which took place at the university on November 6, 2012.

Twenty-four-year-old Hwei Jene Ng made it through to the final of the nationwide Surgical Skills Competition after competing against 8 fellow medical students from the University of Aberdeen at the North of Scotland regional heat of the competition by demonstrating a range of her surgical skills, from suturing and knot-tying to undertaking a series of key-hole surgical tests.

Organised by The Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh (RCSEd), the Student Surgical Skills Competition sees medical students from across the UK competing in regional heats to be in with a chance of making it through to the grand final in Edinburgh on 9 March 2013. The overall winner will win a trip to sponsors’ Johnson and Johnson Medical Companies’ European Surgical Training Institute in Hamburg later in the year.

Commenting on making it through to the grand final of the competition, Hwei Jene Ng said: “I was surprised and shocked to have won the regional heat and to have made it through to the final. I was joining the competition to learn and never expected myself to win because the other participants were good.

“I did find the competition challenging, but it was also fun because I did not have any formal teaching on any surgical skills so this competition gave me that exposure. As I am interested in surgery, I definitely think taking part in this competition will help my career ambitions.  I am extremely thrilled and excited to take part in the final next March!”

Explaining more about the competition, RCSEd Regional Surgical Adviser and Consultant General Surgeon at the Aberdeen Royal Infirmary, Aileen McKinley said:

“The competition is a great way for medical students aspiring to become surgeons to demonstrate their interest in surgery and to develop their skills. We have a very enthusiastic group of undergraduate medical students, supported by the Ogston Surgical Society, and it was great to see them compete with such enthusiasm and skill. 

"The Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh has made a commitment to training and supporting aspiring young surgeons from the most junior levels, and the competition is a good illustration of this. Such events allow students to meet with College Fellows who are interested in supporting their career aspirations.”

For further information about the Student Surgical Skills Competition, visit www.rcsed.ac.uk.