Surgery & Emotion - Digital Mentoring Project

October 2020

Are you a medical student considering a future career in surgery, but unsure about whether it's the right path for you? Would you like the opportunity to find out what the world of the operating theatre is really like - beyond the stereotypes - all from the comfort of your own home? 

The Surgery & Emotion project (University of Roehampton) is offering medical students a unique opportunity to receive one-off digital mentoring sessions from surgeons working across a range of specialties. 

In these half-hour online meetings, students will receive unique and candid insights into the often 'closed' world of surgical practice and can ask any questions they might have about the personal and professional realities of being a surgeon. 

Research suggests that stereotypes of surgery as a 'macho' and 'emotionally detached' profession can deter medical students from pursuing surgical careers. These sessions will provide opportunities to explore and challenge these stereotypes.

The recovery room, in which patients recover from a surgical operation. Soft-ground etching and aquatint by Virginia Powell, ca. 1995. Credit: Wellcome Collection (CC BY 4.0)
The recovery room, in which patients recover from a surgical operation. Soft-ground etching and aquatint by Virginia Powell, ca. 1995. Credit: Wellcome Collection (CC BY 4.0)

Sessions will be held in November and December at times that are mutually convenient for both parties. Sessions are open to medical students at any stage of their training - but places are very limited. 

If you would like to apply to be involved, please contact Surgery & Emotion's Research and Engagement Fellow, Dr David Saunders (David.Saunders@roehampton.ac.uk). Please include:

- Your contact details
- Your place of study
- Your current stage of training
- Any surgical specialties of particular interest
- A short statement (no more than 200 words) outlining why you think you would benefit from participating in this project. 

We look forward to hearing from you!