The Student Audit and Research in Surgery Collaborative (STARSurg) is the UK’s first national student-led research collaborative. STARSurg empowers students from all 33 medical schools in the UK to participate in high quality national audit and research studies in surgery which aim to improve patient care.
STARSurg fosters academic and research training, promotes evidence-based practice and builds a culture of collaboration necessary for 21st century medicine.
STARSurg continues to grow nationally and has since delivered three multi-centre and student-led national studies, which to date have included thousands of collaborators and over ten thousand patients across the UK and Ireland. These studies are:
- STARSurg I: Impact of postoperative non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs on adverse events after gastrointestinal surgery.
- Determining Surgical Complications in the Overweight (DISCOVER): a multicentre observational cohort study to evaluate the role of obesity as a risk factor for postoperative complications in general surgery. DISCOVER had over 1200 collaborators, 9267 patients and included all 33 medical schools in the UK.
- Outcomes After Kidney Injury in Surgery (OAKS).