ESCP 2017

STARSurg were lucky enough to be invited along with our partner collaborative Eurosurg to the European Society of Coloproctology (ESCP) Annual Conference in Berlin last week. The ESCP conference is one of the largest conferences in surgery worldwide.

Before the conference, STARSurg was invited to deliver a half day version of it’s GRANULE course, for training students to recruit patients to randomised trials. This the first time it has been delivered internationally, with participants from 7 countries, including New Zealand!

Sign up to our mailing list or follow us on social media for the latest details of our GRANULE courses in the coming year.

The three day course featured experts from around the world presenting some of the recent landmark studies conducted in colorectal surgery. Eurosurg and STARSurg were delighted to launch our upcoming IMAGINE study and our previous work alongside these eminent speakers.

Eurosurg were given the opportunity to discuss their previous Eurosurg 1 study as well as two sessions to launch the IMAGINE project: a presentation and a dedicated parrallel session. At the parallel sessions delegates from new partner countries including Austrailia. New Zealand and more were introduced to the IMAGINE project and advised on launching a collaborative for the first time in their countries.

STARSurg also had 5 posters accepted to the conference, which may be viewed below:

















Introducing OAKS

The latest STARSurg study protocol is now available! The Outcomes After Kidney Injury in Surgery (OAKS) study will be running from September to December 2016, across the UK and Ireland. The OAKS study aims to identify patients who suffer acute kidney injury (AKI).


Several new features were incorporated into the protocol. Local leads were invited to contribute to the design of the OAKS study, more opportunities for collaboration and most excitingly, the ability to institute quality improvement through re-audit.


The OAKS study information can be found on the project hub here.

Medical Student Fellowship Opportunity

A unique opportunity for involvement in clinical research and audit has arisen at the Queen Elizabeth University Hospital in Birmingham.

Applications are invited for this post to work in the Department of Upper Gastrointestinal Surgery, University Hospitals Birmingham during the two month summer vacation. A suitable medical student will gain an insight into the whole spectrum of Upper GI Surgery as well be specifically involved in a research project. This project is typically cancer related.

Suitable candidates will be interviewed. Entry criteria includes:
• Senior (4th or Final Year) medical student
• The candidate can be from any UK medical school
• Interested in Upper GI surgical research
• Evidence of previous training in research methodology or database management (MS Access, MS Excel, SQL) and statistics would be very desirable
• Available for appointment during the Summer break 2015
• An eight week period (not necessarily continuous) is anticipated

Please click here for further details and how to apply

Interactive Map of UK centres launched!

In September this year, STARSurgII will launch. We have had a huge response to requests for local leads and as a result, students of the UK and Ireland have managed to cover every single medical school.

STARSurgII is looking to be one of the largest scale collaborative efforts, once again.

If you’re interested in getting involved with STARSurgII, see the interactive map here for your local lead’s contact details.

Best Wishes

STARSurg Steering Group


Get Involved

Are you a UK medical student?

You can participate in the largest national student collaborative effort and receive PubMed citable authorship, by simply participating in a STARSurg project.

STARSurg projects are surgically orientated, endorsed by the Royal College of Surgeons and aimed at producing high-quality studies to improve patient safety and care.

Alongside the STARSurg project is a comprehensive education program allowing you to learn the essential skills required to undertake research and audit in future.

For more information and to receive updates go to the registration page.

STARSurg Journal Club

A twitter-based surgical journal club targeted at undergraduate medical students and junior doctors in the UK. This ‘melting-pot’ of academic activity seeks to foster a new generation of motivated, skilled surgeon-scientists for the NHS.

Every month, discuss a topical surgical article on twitter in STARSurg Journal Club.

The article will be discussed for around an hour, with the objective of writing a letter to the editor on behalf of the STARSurg journal club.

Anyone can get involved, just keep an eye on the STARSurg twitter feed for the date, time and article to be discussed and tune in!