Anisa Nazir

I have recently graduated with a Masters in Surgical Science and Practice from the RCSI University of Medicine and Health Sciences. I took this course to gain practical skills and develop core surgical competencies in a simulated environment. I gained technical and non-technical surgical skills, clinical decision-making skills and professional development through various modules, discussions and practical sessions. The programme's hands-on component makes it unique in all aspects, allowing for a safe environment to hone the skills needed to become a competent surgeon.

This course provided an opportunity to learn from experts in the field and get individual feedback, which was beneficial to building confidence in my abilities. The programme also included practical sessions on other aspects of surgical practice, including global surgery, health informatics, surgical innovation. Despite having to shift to virtual learning due to the pandemic, our course instructors ensured we received optimal training and consistent feedback. We conducted our virtual ward rounds online with simulated patients and used our take-home box trainers to continue practicing our technical skills.

I am excited to embark on my surgical and research career with these skills. I am continuing my academic career at the University of Toronto and working on a project in patient safety and simulation. I would also like to take this opportunity to thank Professor Oscar Traynor, Dr Marie Morris and other faculty and staff for their mentorship and guidance. I would highly recommend this course to anyone considering a surgical career.

Anisa Nazir, Masters (MCh) in Surgical Science and Practice, Class of 2020