University of Dundee National Undergraduate Surgical Conference 2019:
The Challenges of the Modern-Day Surgeon

2nd February 2019 (Saturday) School of Medicine, University of Dundee, Ninewells Hospital & Medical School, DD1 9SY, United Kingdom    Reporting Information


Surgery forms an integral part of healthcare and has always been a popular career choice among students. In recent times, the rapid pace of technological advances has brought new and diverse challenges to the forefront which will undoubtedly serve to redefine and reshape the role of surgery in today's society. In this conference, the society aim to highlight the challenges faced by focusing on three main areas: Challenges in Global Surgery, The Modern-Day Challenges of Surgery and The Challenges Faced by Women in Surgery.

Participants of the conference will not only be able to listen to renowned surgeons speak about their experiences but also have the opportunity to try their hands in four surgical skills stations.

The society are proud to present the University of Dundee National Undergraduate Conference 2019: The Challenges of Modern-Day Surgeon and hope that you will join them.

Aims and Objectives

The DUSS conference aims to introduce and expose students to the current challenges in modern day surgery through a series of interactive talks from renowned surgeons and trainees. It endeavours to provide students with hands-on experiences in basic surgical skills and techniques through specially prepared surgical skills stations. Through this event, we hope to inspire and prepare medical students to pursue a career in surgery by equipping them with knowledge and skills to face new challenges in the surgeries of tomorrow

Abstract Submission

  • Deadline for Abstract Submissions:
    Saturday, 5th January 2019

Fee, Date and Venue

  • Date : 2nd February 2019, Saturday
  • Venue : School of Medicine, University of Dundee, Ninewells Hospital & Medical School, DD1 9SY, United Kingdom
  • Conference Fee:
    Dundee University Surgical Society &ASiT Members: £10.00
    Non-members: £15.00
  • No of Places Available : 80
  • Target Audience : Medical students within UK Universities
  • Abstract submissions are welcome.
  • Deadline for Abstract Submissions : 5th January 2019, Saturday .



Organising Committee


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  • President: Mr Harry Earnshaw
  • Vice-President: Mr Chai Chung Sien
  • Secretary: Miss Jia Ying Lim
  • Treasurer: Miss Pranavi Challapalli
  • Webmaster: Mr Mervyn Owusu Ayim
  • Events Head: Miss Zahra Javid
  • Events Coordinator: Mr Pavithran Maniam, Miss Rachel Kelly
  • 3rd Year Representative: Miss Hannah Prill
  • 2nd Year Representative: Miss Riya Ghosh
  • 1st Year Representative: Miss Dhivya Subramaniam


  • Mr Afshin Alijani: Consultant Bariatric & Upper GI Surgeon
    Mr Alijani is a consultant general surgeon with special interests in advanced laparoscopic (keyhole) surgery and weight loss surgery based at Ninewells Hospital, Dundee. He is an Honorary Senior Lecturer with the University of Dundee and senior laparoscopic tutor at the Cuschieri Skills Centre at Ninewells Hospital.
    Mr Alijani is the programme director for the Masters in Laparoscopic Surgery at the University of Dundee. He has an extensive track record in the development and delivery of advanced laparoscopic courses to surgeons. He is the lead surgeon for patient safety at Tayside NHS Trust and chairs the clinical governance committee in surgery.
  • Mr Stuart Fergusson: General Surgery trainee and Global Health advocate
    Mr Stuart Fergusson is a General Surgery trainee based in the West of Scotland, who qualified from the University of Glasgow in 2006. From 2016-17 he was a Clinical Leadership Fellow at the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Glasgow. Stuart co-led the College's 2017 report on the value of international volunteering by NHS Scotland workers, "Global Citizenship in the Scottish Health Service" - accessible here:
    Stuart's interests in global health were fuelled by a 2005 medical elective in Malawi. Since this time he has actively contributed to surgical training programmes in Rwanda and to a multinational surgical research partnership which has involved over 60 countries (see
    Stuart has other interests in surgical outcomes research and medical education, and hopes to continue combining global health interests with a career as a general surgeon in one of Scotland's remote and rural hospitals.