Call for Participants: Surgical Speed-Meets (Manchester)

September 2019

Surgical Speed-Meet, 21 November 2019, Science and Industry Museum (Manchester)

We're looking for surgeons to take part in an upcoming public engagement event. Organised by the Surgery & Emotion project, Surgical Speed-Meets give the public a chance to interact 1:1 with surgeons, with the aim of humanising and de-mystifying surgical practice. We want to move away from stereotypes of the detached surgeon, and open up conversations about the range of emotions involved in surgical care.

Our first event took place at the Royal College of Surgeons of England on 2 July (you can read more about it here). We're currently recruiting surgeons for our next event, taking place on Thursday 21 November (6-9pm) at the Science and Industry Museum in Manchester.

The events are intended to be very informal - they run along the lines of a speed-dating format, with attendees spending a few minutes speaking to each surgeon and rotating around the room. At the end of the event, we come together as a group over refreshments to reflect on what we've learned. The events involve a small group of around 30 participants (15 surgeons and 15 members of the public).

We're interested in hearing from trainees, currently practising and recently retired surgeons. We want a really diverse group, who'd be happy chatting to the public about their work. No preparation is required and we can reimburse local travel expenses. To express an interest, please email and tell us your name, position, where you work, and why you’d like to be involved (up to 100 words).