The Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh (RCSEd) recognised the achievements of this year's top graduate of the Edinburgh Surgical Sciences Qualification (ESSQ) at a diploma ceremony held at the 500-year-old Edinburgh College on Friday 7 September 2012.
Dr Jenny Banks, a trainee from the Yorks and Humber Deanery, was presented with the Lister Surgical Sciences Medal at the RCSEd Diploma Ceremony for her achievement as top performing student of the MSc Year 2011/12. At the Ceremony, she joined surgeons from around the globe who travelled to the Edinburgh College to receive Fellowship and Membership diplomas in recognition of their success in achieving the required standards of rigorous surgical examinations.
With the use of the latest elearning technology, RCSEd successfully delivers a range of international surgical and health related online programmes both independently and in partnership with some of the UK's leading Universities. RCSEd launched the ESSQ programme in 2007, in partnership with the University of Edinburgh, to deliver a flexible, part-time three year online Masters course, designed for the modern surgeon in training to help prepare trainees for the surgical examination, the MRCS (Membership of the Royal College of Surgeons).
Explaining more about the ESSQ programme and Dr Banks' achievement, RCSEd Council Member and Regius Professor of Clinical Surgery at the University of Edinburgh, Professor James Garden said:
"The ESSQ is currently the most successful recruiting MSc programme at the University of Edinburgh and postgraduate students undertaking this e-Learning course have gone on to achieve outstanding results in the MRCS surgical examination.
"Dr Banks is currently being followed by some 350 trainees who are registered for the MSc, and the recently launched ChM programme which supports the trainee towards the end of the end of surgical training and the exit fellowship examination (FRCS). She has achieved a remarkable result in the ESSQ and I congratulate her for her outstanding accomplishment. I am confident she will have a promising surgical career ahead of her and wish her well in her career ambitions."
RCSEd President, Mr David Tolley said:
"RCSEd has a long history of innovation and is dedicated to exploring how we can enhance the way we deliver our surgical courses. We are delighted with the growing success of our online distance-learning programmes and congratulate Dr Banks' achievement in the ESSQ."
Commenting on receiving the Lister Surgical Sciences Medal from the College, Dr Banks said:
"Completing the ESSQ has been hugely rewarding and enjoyable. It has offered an interaction with similarly minded individuals from around the world, a hand to hold through preparing for the MRCS examinations and has also supported an early opportunity to undertake a research project, which I feel has been instrumental in helping me to secure a National Training Number in General Surgery.
"I am absolutely delighted to be receiving this award, and would like to thank the ESSQ team and my supervisor, Professor Leveson, for their support along the way."
To learn more about the ESSQ Programme please visit http://www.essq.rcsed.ac.uk/