At the end of June, we invited applications for the STARSurg steering committee, receiving over 44 high-quality applications. All applications were triple marked by committee members and senior advisors, and shortlisted candidates underwent a telephone interview.
STARSurg are delighted to be able to welcome four 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):
STARSurg has always been a student-led initiative, with 67% of the steering committee at present being students. Over the 8 years since the collaborative was founded, we have had 48 committee members which have represented 23 medical schools across all of the UK and Ireland. Therefore, it is fair to say that we are a truly national group! With our new members we now have a committee representing 12 medical schools (Aberdeen, Birmingham, BSMS, Cardiff, Dundee, Edinburgh, Exeter, Imperial, Leeds, Leicester, Limerick, Manchester)
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 the current committee have been recruited following experience as a regional lead (median involvement of 12 months, range: 5 – 32 months), there have been 8 members who were recruited directly from being a collaborator (median involvement of 6 months, range: 3 – 18 months).
Therefore, we would encourage anyone who was not 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 [https://forms.gle/gsFaMNDx6biak2k79], or continue to remain active and involved as a collaborator on future projects.
Alisha Jaffer, 3rd Year Medical Student at Limerick University
Setthasorn Zhi Yang Ooi, 4th Year Medical Student at Cardiff University
Ieva Jakaityte, 4th Year Medical Student at Exeter University
Aleksandra Mergo, 3rd Year Medical Student at Aberdeen University