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The inaugural RACS Queensland Surgical Skills Competition was piloted in 2013 at the College's Brisbane office, under the direction of Dr Bernard Whitfield, past Chair of the Queensland State Committee and in collaboration with the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh. The competition thereafter evolved and now includes a series of heats from across all four medical schools in Queensland. The best five contenders from each medical school are invited to compete at the RACS Queensland Surgical Skills Competition.

The Queensland Surgical Skills Competition introduces basic surgical skills and promotes careers in surgery to Queensland medical students. The competition consists of up to five medical students in four to five teams rotating around five tests but working as individuals. The various skills station include suturing, laparoscopy, knot tying, cyst removal and theory (anatomy). Participants must be an active Queensland medical student in the first year of their clinical placement.

The awards are for the Best Overall Individual Score and the Best University Team Score.

Award recipients

Best Overall Achievement

2016 - Erick Chan - Griffith University
2015 - Rachel Colbran - University of Queensland
2014 - Angus Crombie - University of Queensland
2013 - Justin Kelly - Griffith University

Best University Team Score

2016 - Griffith University
2015 - Griffith University
2014 - University of Queensland
2013 - University of Queensland