Wits Students' Surgical Society Committee 2017
Wits Students’ Surgical Society Committee 2017


On behalf of the 2017 Wits Students’ Surgical Society Committee I would like to extend a warm welcome to you and express our gratitude to you for joining us as we move to make 2017 our best year yet.

The academic year is now in full swing and the Committee has already hosted several events. Our first two Basic Suturing Workshops were well-attended and thoroughly enjoyed by all and Speed Surgeon, an event which was successfully piloted last year, drew a crowd of enthusiastic students who spent the evening with some top surgeons.

This year we have assembled a fantastic team to lead the committee; Emma Wessels (Vice-President), Jacob Blou (Sponsors), Shiraz Harypursat (Events), Falak Khan (Workshops) and Cecile Olivier (Outreach). Our thanks must go to the 2016 Committee, which was led by Robin Andrews (President) and Jonathan De Blocq (Vice-President) and a very capable Executive Committee for making the year a successful and enjoyable one! We thank the committee for all of its hard work.

We have a number of upcoming events to look forward to; Lecture Series Event 1 will see Dr Bischof delivering a Trauma Surgery presentation and our brand new Ophthalmology workshop promises to expose students to a whole new set of skills. The Laparoscopy workshop is back on our calendar and will join the Trauma, Orthopaedics and ICD workshop complement. The Great Debate has been redesigned and we’re doing our best to improve our outreach opportunities.

We’ll keep you updated about our other events as the year progresses. In the meantime, make sure that you visit our website (wsss.health.wits.ac.za) where you’ll find our RSVP forms and the latest news on the society. Our social media pages have been busy and we will continue to share photos and news throughout the year. The details of these pages can be found on our website.

This year marks seven years since the inception of the society and we’re thankful for the contribution that we’ve received from all of our alumni members (represented by Stephanie van Straten) – the fact that students who were involved in founding the society are still involved speaks volumes for the impact that the Surgical Society has on the lives of students.

While on the subject of making an impact on the lives of students, we must extend a special vote of thanks to our primary sponsor, Medtronic, who go out of their way to support us wherever possible. We know that this will be another successful year with you!

We’re looking forward to having you, our members, join us at our events and we hope that you will feel free to give us feedback throughout the year. We hope that you use the opportunities that the society provides to network with some of the top surgeons in Johannesburg, improve your knowledge and skills, and form great relationships with your fellow Medical students!



John-Paul Da Costa (President, 2017)