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Presidents Update

14th December, 2021

Dear Trainees and Trainers,

As we approach the halfway mark for the academic year, I would like to provide an update of the activities of the ISTG committee to date and outline our plans for the year ahead.

Our annual Careers Day and Aspiring Surgeon Research Symposium took place virtually this year. Talks from each of the surgical specialties were very well received and attendees particularly appreciated the breakout sessions to ask questions of each individual specialty representative. Michelle Horan was the winner of the Aspiring Surgeon Research Symposium with her presentation “Predictors of stone related events in asymptomatic untreated intra-renal calculi”. We wish Michelle every success in her future career.

Plans are well underway for the ISTG meeting Saturday 5th February with an exciting panel of speakers, our annual debate and the Bosco O’Mahony lecture. The meeting will be delivered in a hybrid format with a reduced number of in person delegates.

ISTG are working on a number of exciting projects and collaborations which will come to fruition in the coming months. In the new year we will launch an ISTG podcast with a series of exciting and stimulating talks. Our Silver Scalpel Trainee dinner event will take place at the end of the academic year in conjunction with a workshop aimed at senior trainees approaching consultancy. ISTG are working with the RCSI SurgSoc on a video series following on from the successful “So You Want To Be A Surgeon” series of informative videos on the istg website (

The primary work of the ISTG committee and representatives is to represent trainees and highlight trainee issues. I would like to thank the committee and representatives for their continued work engaging with trainees and attending meetings with the specialty training program directors. The RCSI department of Surgical Affairs have been hugely supportive towards all of the endeavours of ISTG and we thank them for their continued support. We look forward to another productive year with ISTG.


Michael Flanagan

ISTG President 2021-2022

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