The Australasian Students' Surgical Association: organizational growth amidst the challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic

Mansour, Laure Taher, Banker, Karan, Blackwood, Emma, Ibrahim, Muhammad, Daudu, Davina, Raubenheimer, Kyle, Franco, Helena, Fitzpatrick, Siobhan, and Gladman, Marc A. (2022) The Australasian Students' Surgical Association: organizational growth amidst the challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic. ANZ Journal of Surgery, 92 (7-8). pp. 1596-1597.

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[Extract] Student surgical societies play an important role in complementing university medical curricula in the delivery of surgical education, fostering interest in surgery and facilitating networking and career opportunities.1 The Australasian Students' Surgical Association (ASSA) was established in 2015 as a not-for-profit student-run organization aiming to unite the 26 student surgical societies across Australia and New Zealand.2 Through in-person conferences, Sydney-based leadership seminars and surgical workshops, the ASSA has successfully achieved its vision to support surgical education, foster student interest in surgery, and create a culture of collaboration amongst surgical societies. As the COVID-19 pandemic presented a variety of unforeseen challenges to the medical profession, student organizations across the world were required to adapt to the content and delivery of activities.3 The pandemic posed significant challenges for the ASSA to continue promoting a pre-vocational interest in surgery for Australian and New Zealand medical students and required innovative strategies to continue delivering educational opportunities. This need to adopt alternative approaches provided an opportunity for innovation and embracing technology to overcome COVID-19 related restrictions to continue achieving the goals for ASSA.

Item ID: 75894
Item Type: Article (Commentary)
ISSN: 1445-2197
Copyright Information: © 2022 The Authors. ANZ Journal of Surgery published by John Wiley & Sons Australia, Ltd on behalf of Royal Australasian College of Surgeons. This is an open access article under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs License, which permits use and distribution in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited, the use is non-commercial and no modifications or adaptations are made.
Date Deposited: 31 Aug 2022 08:53
FoR Codes: 32 BIOMEDICAL AND CLINICAL SCIENCES > 3202 Clinical sciences > 320226 Surgery @ 100%
SEO Codes: 20 HEALTH > 2002 Evaluation of health and support services > 200206 Health system performance (incl. effectiveness of programs) @ 100%
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