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Gukas Award Presentation for highest achieving student on the Specialist Clinical Masterships Programme
by Steph Adams - Tuesday, 10 May 2016, 10:47 AM

Gukas Award Presentation for highest achieving student on the Specialist Clinical Masterships Programme

On Monday 25 January, Prof Jerome Pereira, Joint Programme Director for the Specialist Masterships Programme (SCM) presented the inaugural Gukas Award, to the best outgoing student from the Specialist Clinical Masterships Programme. The recipient, Consultant Oncoplastic Breast Surgeon, Mr Daniel Leff achieved distinction overall and received the award in the presence of Isaac’s wife Sabina and son Michael.

Gukas Award Presentation

Jerome Pereira praised Isaac after whom the prize is named, for his founding contribution to the course development - particularly in the area of assessments using Script Concordance Tests (SCT), which are used throughout the SCM programme. Isaac had made personal contact with the originator of the test in Canada in order to help develop its use for the online course. Sadly, Isaac died more than two years ago so this annual award is to honour Isaac’s name through student excellence.

Jerome noted that Daniel, one of the first students from 2011 had shown outstanding ability right from the start and was a worthy candidate to receive the award. Daniel thanked the Gukas family for providing the award and for what Isaac had contributed.  He also thanked his sponsors at Imperial for helping him through the course.

Regarding the course, Daniel suggested he was “preaching to the converted” since, as he put it, “The real challenge for us, as surgeons or surgeons in training … is to bridge that gap between the general knowledge that you need and that sub speciality knowledge that you need in Oncoplasty Breast Surgery”

He continued, “The breadth and depth of knowledge that you get through this course is well beyond that of FRCS […] the knowledge and skills [from] this course are second to none. […] More than that is the network that you generate by your interaction with each other actually and for me that’s been really personally very useful. I have 25 more firm friends that I had beforehand.”

Daniel finished to say “It isn’t straight forward, it isn’t easy and you’re doing it as post graduates but I think at times when you do find that […] persevere it’s really well worth it and there is no other part of my training that - on a day to day basis - my interaction with patients really makes a big difference. I’m very grateful to the team for that, thanks.” 

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Coloproctology Top Student Awards
by Steph Adams - Tuesday, 10 May 2016, 10:46 AM

Coloproctology Top Student Awards

Congratulations to our MS Coloproctology students Aikaterini Leventi and Syed Moosvi! Aikaterini was the top student for the Colorectal Emergencies module, and Syed was the top student for the Neoplasia module. Their awards, sponsored by Ethicon, were presented by the MS Coloproctology course lead Chris Speakman.

   MS Coloproctology Top Student Award - Aikaterini Leventi   MS Coloproctology Top Student Award - Syed Moosvi

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UEA Partnership with ESRA, 10% Discount for ESRA Members
by Steph Adams - Tuesday, 2 February 2016, 4:08 PM

UEA Partnership with ESRA, 10% Discount for ESRA Members

The UEA's Norwich Medical School is delighted to announce that the European Society of Regional Anaesthesia & Pain Therapy (ESRA) has joined forces to support the MSc in Regional Anaesthesia, which is the highest qualification in RA worldwide.

Through its membership, ESRA will bring unmatched expertise in the field of RA to help guide and evolve this important qualification to meet the needs of RA professionals throughout Europe and beyond.

UEA will work closely with the ESRA board to develop and build on the gold award-winning educational approach that has already produced the most skilled and knowledgeable RA trainees in the UK. The MSc offers a tangible qualification that is ideally suited to practicing anaesthesia trainees and experienced practitioners wishing to progress in or understand the deeper principals of RA. The highly flexible (blended e-learning course) can be undertaken while in full time practice or whilst undertaking a fellowship.

In addition to a guaranteed 10% discount for all ESRA members, ESRA are looking into supporting ESRA member students with additional educational bursaries, ensuring that those students willing to apply themselves have an equal opportunity to substantially discount the cost of their three year course.

To apply for the 2016 intake, please visit the UEA's course pages here and clearly state your ESRA membership number at the top of your personal statement.

For the first time since the course was launched in 2012, we are greatly looking forward to equipping our graduates not only with valuable credentials in RA, but also a unique pan-European perspective when applying for RA posts across Europe and the UK.

To enquire about ESRA membership benefits and to apply, click here.