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STARSurg Steering Committee Announced

STARSurg Steering Committee Announced

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…
ESCP 2017

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…
STARSurg’s Educational Impact on Students: A National Study

STARSurg’s Educational Impact on Students: A National Study

STARSurg published the above paper in 2015, see the full text free here: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4456723/ This study was conducted by surveying the collaborators of our original STARSurgUK study in 2013. The collaborators reported a number of benefits to their participation in STARSurg including: increased confidence in clinical data collection, increased confidence in presenting findings, increased appreciation of research, audit and…
STARSurg Featured by the Journal of the Association of Surgeons of Great Britain and Ireland

STARSurg Featured by the Journal of the Association of Surgeons of Great Britain and Ireland

We’re delighted to announce that a feature on STARSurg has been published in the Association of Surgeons of Great Britain and Ireland (ASGBI). The issue may be viewed here: http://www.publications.asgbi.org/jasgbi_14_07_17/index.html#p=34 ASGBI generously offered us the opportunity to deliver a keynote presentation of the OAKS project at their national conference this year in Glasgow, details available here:…
Introducing our New Steering Committee- Ibrahim

Introducing our New Steering Committee- Ibrahim

Earlier this month we announced 5 new student committee members following a very competitive application process. Ibrahim Yasin is a 3rd year medical student at the University of Southampton. He talks through his route through STARSurg: My progression through STARSurg initially began when I volunteered as a collaborator for OAKS-1. This involved collecting data from computer systems…

Introducing our New Steering Committee

Earlier this month we announced 5 new student committee members following a very competitive application process. Emily Mills is a 3rd year medical student at Brighton and Sussex Medical School. She had the following message for any student interested in STARSurg: Hi, my name is Emily. I was appointed as late local (regional) lead this…
Highlights from Second GRANULE Course

Highlights from Second GRANULE Course

STARSurg ran it’s second GRANULE course on Monday in Birmingham, designed to train medical students to recruit patients to Randomized Control Trials.  The one day course consisted of plenary sessions by leading researchers in trial recruitment and practical sessions with simulated patients to try and recruit them. Delegates also attained the Good Clinical Practice qualification…
Join the STARSurg Steering Committee

Join the STARSurg Steering Committee

STARSurg welcomes applications to join it’s national steering committee. These will be triple marked and the shortlisted candidates will be telephone interviewed. Only candidates who are not in their final year of study at medical school at the time of application will be considered. Joining the STARSurg committee is a fantastic opportunity for medical students…
STARSurg Prize Blog

STARSurg Prize Blog

STARSurg are delighted to support the Medical Student Prize award for best Oral Presentation at the ASiT International Conference. The winner of this year’s prize was Alexander Hollis, a final year medical student at the University of Birmingham, who has kindly written a report of his project here: As a medical student, structured research opportunities…
OAKS 2 Drawing to a Close

OAKS 2 Drawing to a Close

As the last centres involved in OAKS 2 finalise their results, OAKS 2 has collected data on over 3000 patients with nearly 60% of the patients from OAKS 1 followed up so far. This has involved 300+ collaborators at over 100 hospitals across the UK and Ireland. Whilst intended as a smaller scale project than…
FPAS Letter Accepted in IJS

FPAS Letter Accepted in IJS

We are delighted to announce that our letter to the Foundation Programme Application System (FPAS) organizers has been accepted for publication in the International Journal of Surgery (IJS), with over 900 signatories. You can view the letter here: Letter FPAS seeks to reward the ‘academic excellence’ of students, however it fails to achieve this aim. Currently,…
Introducing STARSurg Hack Day

Introducing STARSurg Hack Day

We are delighted to announce a new event, STARSurg Hack day! The idea behind the hack day is simple, to use STARSurg data to generate new findings that will go on to be published in peer-reviewed journals and help improve patient care. Teams of 5 or 6 people, alongside a member of the STARSurg team…

Being a Local Lead

Imperial Lead Ross Goodson gives an insight into his role as local lead on the OAKS 2 project: I first jointed STARSurg as a collaborator for the OAKS project. My role involved liaising a team of consultants and junior doctors to register the audit and collect data. As student participation is strongly encouraged, I was…
STARSurg in 2016

STARSurg in 2016

As 2016 comes to an end, it seems a good time to reflect on STARSurg’s achievements over the last year. 2016 started where the OAKS study had left off- primary data collection on more than 5000 patients by more than 1000 collaborators across the country had been completed before the New Year. After this it…
Collaborating on STARSurg Projects

Collaborating on STARSurg Projects

OAKS-1 Collaborator – Kenneth McLean: With the OAKS-2 audit starting soon; it seems an excellent time to reflect on my own experiences as a collaborator in the OAKS-1 audit. This was my first experience of being involved with STARSurg and collaborative research, and so I was really intrigued to be part of a study of…
Dr Tom Drake on NSAIDs Safety

Dr Tom Drake on NSAIDs Safety

Within the past week, STARSurg has published its latest study in the World Journal of Surgery, looking at the safety of non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) in major gastrointestinal surgery. Our new paper arose directly as a result of the DISCOVER project, with all DISCOVER collaborators citable on the new paper. This area is hotly debated…
New Paper from the Discover Study Published!

New Paper from the Discover Study Published!

Our Analysis of NSAID Safety from the DISCOVER Study has been published! We are delighted to announce that our paper: ‘Safety of Nonsteroidal Anti-inflammatory Drugs in Major Gastrointestinal Surgery: A Prospective, Multicenter Cohort Study‘ has been published in the World Journal of Surgery. This was a paper drawn from the DISCOVER study’s dataset, as such…
STARSurg 5th National Collaborator Meeting

STARSurg 5th National Collaborator Meeting

When: 1st October 2016 Where: RCS Edinburgh When: Saturday 1st October 2016 09:00-17:30 Where: Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh Who: Medical students and Junior Doctors interested in taking part in high-quality audit and research resulting in Pubmed-citable authorship.  We cordially invite all collaborators to the Student Audit and Research in Surgery (STARSurg) 5th National Meeting…
GRANULE Course

GRANULE Course

Sivesh Kamarajah gives an account of his experience of the inaugural GRANULE course Generating Student Recruiters for Randomised Trials (GRANULE) is a new initiative by STARSurgUK to educate and embed principles of designing a trial to medical students and foundation doctors. I was excited to be one of the twenty people selected for this two-day…
STARSurg & Developing Your Academic Career

STARSurg & Developing Your Academic Career

STARSurg can benefit any type of medical student, regardless of experience, year group, or interests. Yet if you are interested in a career as an academic clinician, then involvement with the STARSurg collaborative can be of even greater value.   Whilst not the only way to enter the academic pathway in a career, many students…
Exciting STARSurg Updates

Exciting STARSurg Updates

2016 is off to a promising and exciting start for STARSurg! Here’s a quick overview of what we’ve achieved since the end of the year, and what’s up and coming for STARSurg in the near future. At the end of December, we invited applications for the STARSurg Steering Committee, and welcomed 6 new students, all…
Local Lead to STARSurg Committee

Local Lead to STARSurg Committee

Student Committee Member Buket Gündoğan reflects on her time as Local Lead and her new role on the Steering Committee earlier this year. Reflections on Being a STARSurg Local Lead and Being a New Steering Committee Member Being involved in STARSurg for over 2 years has proved to be an interesting time indeed. The collaborative has…
OAKS Data Upload Deadline 31 Jan 2016

OAKS Data Upload Deadline 31 Jan 2016

With almost 5000 patients uploaded onto REDCap, we have just a few weeks to go before the OAKS data upload deadline on 31 Jan 2016. For more information on OAKS click here.
Introducing OAKS

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…
Medical Student Fellowship Opportunity

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…
Interactive Map of UK centres launched!

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…
Get Involved

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…
STARSurg Journal Club

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…