Every year we run an oral presentation evening, in which students from all years and all UK medical schools are invited to submit an presentation based around an aspect of surgery - this years theme was COSMETIC SURGERY.  


1st prize = £100 & 100 cases in clinical surgery textbook

2nd prize = £75 & anaesthetics on the move textbook

3rd prize = £50 & orthopaedics and rheumatology on the move textbook

1st Place - Anastasha Herman 

Anastasha won 1st place for her talk on hyman reconstruction - the procedure and all of the ethical implications involved.


"An intact hymen is commonly taken to represent virginity. It is usually ruptured by sexual intercourse, but may also be due to vaginal insertion of objects, vigorous sports, surgical procedures and falling on sharp objects. Certain cultures still require an assurance of a woman’s virginity as a prerequisite to marriage. Failure to prove this may result in the woman being disowned from her family, divorce, violence, and in extreme cases, being killed by family members in the name of honour."

2nd Place - Katherine Harris

Katherine won 2nd place for her talk on the ethics of bariatric surgery and if it should be performed on the NHS.


"The issues I will be exploring shall include: whether bariatric surgery should be offered within public healthcare; if the NHS able to sustain treatments for obesity, given its rising prevalence; to what extent bariatric surgery should be regarded as cosmetic; and what the NHS’ role should be in curbing the epidemic (are other obesity treatments feasible?)"

3rd Place - Ana Stratford

Ana won 3rd place for her talk - 'Trapped in the wrong body"


"Patients with gender dysphoria describe distress or discomfort caused by a mismatch between their gender identity, which is their psychological sense of themselves as a man or women, and the sex they were assigned at birth. This leads to the patient changing their social role and presentation, which may be assisted medically using hormone treatment and surgery. There may be additional psychological problems related to gender, however, gender dysphoria is not a mental illness. It is the associated social stigma that can accompany the diagnosis and transition which can result in distress and psychological problems. Managing these factors and establishing the patient’s new identity can be complex and may require specialist help."

2014 Oral Presentation Evening

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