At the end of April we invited applications for the STARSurg steering committee, receiving over 30 high-quality applications. All applications were marked by six independent committee members and senior advisors, and shortlisted candidates underwent a telephone interview.

STARSurg are delighted to be able to welcome 5 new student committee members to the team. We are all looking forward to having their perspectives and input into the support and development of STARSurg in the future! All the new committee have been involved with STARSurg in the past (either as local leads, and/or collaborators):

  • Ross Goodson (current local lead for Imperial College London).
  • Emily Mills (current local lead for Brighton and Sussex).
  • Nikhil Thakral (current local lead for Exeter and Plymouth).
  • Ibrahim Yasin (current local lead for Southampton).
  • Rachel Khaw (OAKS-1/2 collaborator at the University of Manchester).

STARSurg has always been a student-led initiative, with 70% of the steering committee at present being students. Over the 4 years since the collaborative was founded, we have had 28 committee members which have represented 21 medical schools across all of the UK and Ireland. Therefore, it is fair to say that we are a truly national group! Indeed, with our new members we now have committee representing 10 medical schools (Birmingham, BSMS, Edinburgh, Exeter, HYMS, Imperial, Manchester, Southampton, UCL, and Warwick).

However, there were some excellent candidates this year, and we would like to thank everyone who applied for the time and effort taken to do so. When considering the steering committee recruited over the years, we are always keen to provide opportunities to progress within STARSurg, irrespective of stage. While the majority of new committee (n=15) have been recruited following experience as a local lead (mean involvement of 7 months, range: 1 – 24 months), there have been 4 members who were recruited directly from being a collaborator (mean involvement of 8 months, range: 3 – 15 months).

Therefore, we would encourage anyone who has not been successful this year (or who may be interested in becoming more involved with STARSurg in the future) to apply for the upcoming STARSurg Regional Lead Position at their medical school, or continue to remain active and involved as a collaborator on future projects.

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