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Please note this is a provisional programme and may be subject to updates.

Day 1 - 21 March 2019

08:15 - 09:00

Registration and Coffee

Register your attendance and grab a coffee.

09:00 - 09:10


RCSEd President Professor Michael S Griffin OBE will introduce the speakers.


9:10 - 10:00

ICOSET Opening Debate

“This house believes that the apprenticeship model of surgical training is dead … and should be buried”

Professor Oscar Traynor versus Professor Brian Dunkin

Chair: Humphrey Scott

10:00 - 11:00

The 21st Century Surgical Trainer: Exploring Current Challenges

  • Making the Cut: Selecting the Best Surgeon Teachers 
    Aimee Gardner (20 mins)
  • The Professional Trainer
    Craig McIlhenny (15 mins)
  • Training the Global Surgeon 
    Robert Riviello (15 mins)

Chair: David O'Regan

11:00 - 11:30

Coffee Break (Poster Display)


11:30 - 13:00

Panel Session

Competency Based Surgical Training – A Global Perspective

  • Competence Based Training – Converting Theory into Practice in the UK
    Gareth Griffiths (20 mins)
  • Competence by Design: From Theory to Practice – CBME in Canada
    Mark Walton (20 mins)
  • SCORE – Lessons Learned from 10 Years of a Unified National Curriculum in the US
    Amit Joshi (20 mins)
  • Surgical Training in Malawi
    Eric Borgstein (20 mins)

Chair: Gael Maclean

13:00 - 14:00

Lunch and Networking (Poster Display)


14:00 - 15:00

Workshop Session 1

Choose from available workshops.

15:30 - 16:30

Workshop Session 2

Choose from available workshops.

16:30 - 17:00

Coffee Break and Poster Marking


17:00 - 17:30

Inaugural Richard Reznick Lecture

‘Make no little plans, they do little to stir men’s and women’s blood’

Delivered by Professor Richard Reznick

Chair: Craig McIlhenny

17:30 - 17:45

Award of Honorary Fellowship of the Faculty of Surgical Trainers

Awarded to: Professor Richard Reznick

Citation: Craig McIlhenny

19:00 - late

Conference Dinner: Flavour of Scotland

Experience a traditional Scottish evening with dinner, music and entertainment in the historic setting of the Playfair Building within the grounds of The Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh.

Book your place at the dinner.

Day 2 - 22 March 2019

8:15 - 9:00


Register your attendance and grab a coffee.


9:00 - 10:00

Surgical Education Research Session

  • Journal of Surgical Education: The Journal and its Top Papers
    Doug Smink (20 mins)
  • Publishing Surgical Education Research: Do's and Don'ts
    Nick Sevdalis (15 mins)
  • Mapping and Reimagining the Landscape – the Current State of Surgical Education Research
    Kirsten Dalrymple (15 mins)

Chair: Alex Philips

10:00 - 11:00

Trainee Directed Session

In conjunction with BOTA and ASiT.

"This house believes that every surgeon has a duty to be a trainer"

Simon Paterson-Brown versus Fergal Monsell

Chair: Simon Fleming

11:00 - 11:30

Coffee Break and Poster Marking


11:30 - 13:00

Journal of Surgical Education Free Paper Session

Chair: Doug Smink

Mitch Goldenberg
Lars Konge
Oscar Traynor
Stephen Tobin

13:00 - 14:00

Lunch and Networking (Poster Display)

13:00 - 14:00

Annual General Meeting - Faculty of Surgical Trainers (FST)

Deacon Suite


14:00 - 15:30

Parallel Session 1

Quality and Safety in Training

Chair: Simon Paterson Brown

  • Edinburgh Surgery Online Lecture:
    Applying Behavioural Science to Improve Safety and Outcomes in Surgery

    Steven Yule (30 mins)
  • The Surgical Black Box: The Future of Training and Safety
    Mitch Goldenberg (20 mins)
  • Training in Patient Safety
    Tom Weiser (15 mins)
  • Incorporating Research into Surgical Training
    Vassilios Papalois (15 mins)

14:00 - 15:30

Parallel Session 2

Simulation and Technology in Training

Chair: Andrew Miller

  • Using Augmented Reality to Enhance Training
    Oscar Traynor and Donncha Ryan (30 mins)
  • Assessment Validity in CBME
    Lars Konge (20 mins)
  • "It's Not about the Simulation"
    Kenneth Walker (15 mins)
  • Running a Successful Simulation Programme
    Brian Dunkin (15 mins)

14:00 - 15:30

Parallel Session 3

Professionalism in Training

Chair: Stephen Tobin

  • Training in Professionalism in Hong Kong
    Paul Lai (20 mins)
  • Professionalism and Outcomes
    Alice Hartley (20 mins)
  • Becoming a Surgeon – Professional Identity and Role Modelling
    Stephen Tobin (20 mins)
  • Trainer Professionalism: Driving Excellence
    Louise Goldring (20 mins)

15:30 - 16:00

Coffee Break


16:00 - 16:30

Closing Plenary

Crossing Boundaries – New Horizons in Professional Education

Professor Roger Kneebone

16:30 - 16:45

Award of Poster and Oral Prizes

RCSEd President Professor Michael S Griffin OBE

16:45 - 17:00

Close of Meeting

RCSEd President Professor Michael S Griffin OBE

Book Your Place

To book your place at ICOSET 2019 visit the RCSEd website.