Surgical Skills in Sharp Focus at Golden Scalpel Games

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The Hon. Mr Brad Hazzard, Minister of Health and Minister for Medical Research, with A/Professor David Storey and Dr Carolyn Jameson from the Sydney South West Surgical Skills Training Network

HETI Medical Director, Dr Claire Blizard and Chair, Clinical Surgical Training Council, A/Professor Kerin Fielding with the winning Sydney West Surgical Skills Network team

Members of The Notre Dame University (Sydney) winning team with Dr Carolyn Jameson who supervised training in the lead up to the event

The surgical skills of NSW University Surgical Societies and HETI Surgical Skills Network trainees were put to the test on 23 September as part of the 2017 Golden Scalpel Games, a major education and training event for the HETI Surgical Skills Network.

Now in its sixth year, the Games is an educational team-based competition which challenges teams from across the six surgical skills training networks in NSW to complete a range of challenging clinical stations to claim the Surgical Skills Network Golden Scalpel Games perpetual trophy.

The trainee event was opened by the Hon. Brad Hazzard, NSW Minister for Health, with Sydney West Network team winning the event for 2017.

Students and trainees had the opportunity to showcase and share training skills, knowledge, explore new innovations in technology using simulation environments. The event also provided a valuable networking opportunity for network directors of training, education support officers and key leaders of surgical training at the state level from HETI and the NSW Clinical Surgical Training Council.

The event was supported by surgeons and assessors responsible for encouraging trainee surgeons to obtain a strong foundation of broad surgical skills as a springboard to a surgical career.

HETI also collaborated with NSW Medical Schools to create a medical student version of this event which was showcased on the same day. The medical student competition was supervised and assessed by the NSW Surgical Skills Network Trainees, with Notre Dame University taking the prize for 2017.