Message from the President – 2017
As only the second surgical President for 15 years I’ve avoided the temptation to have too many surgical talks and tried to keep the programme as broad as possible. We have talks from Professor Levell on two 18th century London Physicians that covers piracy, slavery, quackery and some dermatology and Richard England, Paediatric and neonatal consultant surgeon on the inspirational Jenny Lind, the Swedish Nightingale. We will have a psychiatrists take on the illnesses of Vincent van Gogh from Dr Niall Campbell and in 2020 talks from Professor Simon Carding on the Microbiome and health and from Professor Chris Imray on the affects of high altitude on brain activity.
As well as professors and consultants we have a talk from one of the trainees and hopefully this will encourage more junior doctors to join us.
I hope the Society can raise the profile of the Lubbock, Carlile and Batty Shaw prizes amongst the students and junior doctors and continue the interest in the Elective prizes.
We will use the Bob Champion lecture theatre for a number of meetings, which members will hopefully enjoy; parking may be easier.
Review of the membership and methods of communication, timing of the meetings and exploration of different venues continue to be important to keep the Society vibrant.
I’m pleased that Dr Suzie Fiske has kindly agreed to take over the reigns next year.
I hope to see you during the year.