Clare Marx opens Royal College of Surgeons event

On Wednesday 17th May we were joined by students from local schools to attend a surgery taster evening. Guild member Clare Marx, the first female President of the Royal College of Surgeons, opened the event. She gave a detailed account of her career to date and explained how the role of women in surgery has evolved over the years. Her talk inspired us to step out of our comfort zones and challenge stereotypes. It was fascinating to listen to such an accomplished female figure in the male dominated surgical world, and her talk made surgery, as a career path, seem much more achievable.

We then had the unique opportunity to attempt a number of basic surgical skills ourselves, including suturing, one-handed knot tying and keyhole surgery. We were privileged to learn from several experts in the surgical field, including Clare Marx herself. The activities were fun but surprisingly difficult, and gave us huge respect for the surgeons who demonstrate such impressive manual dexterity under immense pressure.

The third part of the evening involved hearing from current medical students and a surgical trainee. We gained an overview of the entire early years medical training, which allowed us to appreciate the transition from A Levels to university, and then to life as a junior doctor.

It was brilliant to hear the students’ candid views of life at medical school and their passion for medicine was infectious. We particularly enjoyed listening to their experiences of their intercalated degrees and their travels to other countries, and it was really interesting to hear about a day in the life of a surgeon.

We would like to thank all of the doctors and medical students who gave up their time to visit College and deliver such an inspiring event.

Written by prospective medics in SFC1