ASMEBITESIZE PODCAST: Surgical Training during COVID time - Is this the Age of the Generalist?

30 April 2021 - 30 April 2021
ASMEBITESIZE PODCAST: Surgical Training during COVID time - Is this the Age of the Generalist?

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ASMEBITESIZESurgical Training during COVID time - Is this the Age of the Generalist?

This ASMEBITESIZE podcast features a group north-east England surgeons and trainees - Mr Paul Gallagher, Mr Alex Philips, Miss Aya Musbahi and Mr Alex McCulla (https://surgerynortheast.org.uk/) - as they discuss the effect of Covid on surgical training. They focus on the following themes and questions:

  • What specialism and generalism means and what the COVID pandemic has changed
  • How training system in the UK has come to be, including some of the advantages of the Shape of Training Review
  • How we see the future of surgical training. Is a new review needed? Has the pandemic made surgeons review what kind of workforce they need?

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Podcast 

*if you are unable to listen to the podcast a transcript is available by clicking here

Mr Alex McCulla

Alex is a 2nd year Core Surgical Trainee in the North East, currently working in General Surgery in North Tees. Born in Newcastle, Alex stayed in the region for Medical School and did his Foundation Training in Teesside. Following this he started Core Surgical Training with a theme of general surgery, and is working towards a career in general or vascular surgery. Throughout the COVID pandemic Alex was redeployed to medical wards and has first-hand experiences of the difficulties facing surgeons on the front line.

Miss Aya Musbahi

Aya is an ST7 trainee in Upper GI surgery.  Her interests include surgical leadership, widening participation in surgical specialties and she works as a specialty adviser to the Care Quality Commission.  Aya is a proud Glaswegian and is a member of the Royal College Inclusion Diversity Group and volunteers for the Royal Medical Benevolent Fund.

Mr Paul Gallagher

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Paul commenced as Head of School in 2020. He was previously the Deputy Head of School & TPD for General Surgery for 5 years. He is a Consultant Upper GI Surgeon based in Northumbria Healthcare Trust. He is currently an examiner for the Intercollegiate Examination in General Surgery (FRCS), and was previously an MRCS Examiner. He is a Fellow of the Faculty of Surgical Educators.

Mr Alexander Phillips

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Deputy Training Programme Director

Alex is a Consultant Upper GI Surgeon based in the RVI, Newcastle. He undertook surgical Training in the North East. He is Deputy of the Faculty of Surgery Trainers RCSEd