University of St. Andrews Surgical Society's National Conference on ENT Surgery

16th March 2024 (Saturday)

School of Medicine, University of St. Andrews


The University of St Andrews Surgical Society presents its Annual National Surgical Conference, the theme of which is Ear, Nose and Throat (ENT) Surgery. The event brings together surgeons, researchers, and medical professionals from across the UK to share knowledge and expertise and to discuss innovative techniques shaping the future of ENT Surgery.

The workshops will provide hands-on experience, and participants will have the opportunity to practice suturing and knot tying, both of which are crucial in any surgical setting. Additionally, there will be an opportunity to learn the fundamentals of ultrasound imaging of the neck, gaining insights into diagnostic techniques relevant to ENT practice. Moreover, the ENT-specific workshop will discuss the intricacies of ENT procedures and specialised knowledge and techniques unique to this field.

Aims and Objectives

  • To provide delegates with insights into the field of ENT surgery through a series of talks and interactive workshops.
  • To enhance the surgical skills of attendees through hands-on workshops focusing on suturing, knot tying, ultrasound imaging of the neck, and ENT-specific procedures.
  • To provide guidance and insights into career pathways in ENT surgery and the necessary CV elements to pursue a career in this profession.
  • To foster collaboration between medical students across the UK with a passion in surgery.
  • To inspire medical students to pursue a career in ENT surgery.

Fee, Date and Venue

  • Date : 16th March 2024 (Saturday)
  • Conference Fee :
    Full Day: £16.00 (Members of St. Andrews Surgical Society);
    £20.00 (Non-Members of St. Andrews Surgical Society)
    Half Day (Talks Only): £8.00 (Members of St. Andrews Surgical Society);
    £10.00 (Non-Members of St. Andrews Surgical Society)
  • Number of Places : 120 (40 for Full Day; 80 for Half Day [Talks Only])
  • Suitable for : Undergraduate Medical Students



Knot Tying:

Participants will have the opportunity to learn and practice essential knot-tying techniques. Emphasis will be placed on precision, efficiency, and proper technique to ensure proficiency.


This workshop caters to both beginners and experienced individuals. Beginners will receive step-by-step guidance on basic suturing techniques, while those with prior experience will delve into advanced suturing methods. With personalised instruction and practice, participants will refine their skills and enhance their proficiency in wound closure.

Ultrasound of the Neck:

Utilizing ultrasound equipment, participants will gain hands-on experience in identifying anatomical structures within the neck. Guided by experienced instructors, attendees will learn to interpret ultrasound images, locate key landmarks, and develop a thorough understanding of neck anatomy. This interactive session provides valuable insight into the diagnostic potential of ultrasound in clinical practice.

Nasal Packing:

This workshop offers a practical approach to this essential skill. Participants will utilise specialised training models to learn proper techniques for nasal packing. Each student will have the opportunity to practice nasal packing under the guidance of expert instructors, ensuring confidence in managing nasal bleeding and other nasal conditions.

CV Building:

In this session, participants will receive invaluable guidance on crafting a compelling CV tailored for a surgical career path. Following a presentation on the essential components of a successful CV, a Q&A session will provide attendees with the opportunity to seek personalised advice and insights from experienced professionals, empowering them to create a CV that showcases their unique qualifications and aspirations in surgery.


Mr David Walker, BSc, PhD, MBChB, FRCS (ORL-HNS)
Consultant ENT Surgeon
Victoria Hospital, Kirkcaldy, Scotland

Dr Chelsea Chan, MBChB, BSc (Hons)
Clinical Teaching Fellow in Surgery
Ninewells Hospital, Tayside

Dr Mariella Fortune-Ely, MBChB, BSc (Hons)
Core Trainee 2 in ENT Surgery
Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust

Mr Richard Green, FRCS (ORL)
Consultant Otolaryngologist
NHS Tayside, Dundee, Scotland
Honorary Senior Lecturer, University of Dundee

Dr Yura Shin, BSc, MBChB

Organising Committee

Miss Kim Nayeon (Vice President)
Miss Joecelyn Kirani Tan (Conference Chair)
Mr Shivshankar Sreekumar (Conference Chair)
Mr Chirag Randhawa (Conference Chair)