On Thursday 23rd October, the ICSM Surgical Society held its annual Inaugural Lecture. This year they were honoured to host Miss Clare Marx, the newly-elected President of the Royal College of Surgeons, as the guest speaker.
The ICSM Surgical Society is a student-led society that aims to increase surgical exposure and education for undergraduates. With a membership of over 300 students, it is one of the largest societies at Imperial College School of Medicine. The society delivers many conferences and educational events, most notably their flagship International Trauma Conference.
Miss Clare Marx is a Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon and the first female President to be elected to the Royal College of Surgeons in its 214-year history. High on her agenda are workforce issues, particularly the low percentage of women entering surgery, the challenges of delivering quality training in reduced working hours, and the need for professionals to continuously strive for improvements in quality and care of their patients.
Her insightful lecture, entitled “It may not be 9-5 but it’s still the best job in the world”, was well-attended by students from all years of the medical school, as well as several members of the Faculty.
Notably, the Surgical Society also conferred an Honorary Presidency upon Mr Joseph Shalhoub, Honorary Clinical Lecturer at Imperial College London, for his outstanding services to the society.