The following doctors have been awarded bursaries this year:

Raghav Varma

With the support and funding provided by Med Chi I was able to give an oral presentation on 29 October 2019 in the World Congress of Endourology, held in Abu Dhabi.

Closed loop audit of muscle sampling in trans-urethral resection of bladder tumour

Our experience with presence of detrusor muscle (DM) following transurethral resection of bladder tumour (TURBT). Retrospective electronic record histopathology reports from a single urology centre, servicing a group of urologists, were obtained for TURBT procedures performed between January 2014 and May 2018. Results: A total of 242 cases were performed under the care of 7 consultant urologists. Analysis revealed a significant improvement in the quality of resections from 39% to 68% (36% to 84% for high grade) after the introduction of the following interventions: 1. analysis of current practice, 2. introduction of European Association of Urology (EAU) guidelines by separating samples and sending a second specimen pot marked as bladder tumour base to look for DM, 3. dedicated urologists with an interest in bladder cancer performing TURBTs using the en-bloc resection technique in appropriate cases.
Through our closed loop audits we have demonstrated a considerable improvement in the quality of resections. In the future we aim to analyse the effect of these measures on cancer recurrence and progression. Our simple interventions have improved the rate of DM yield in order to accurately stage the tumour.

We hope that our results improve the rate of DM yield in other centres, and highlight the importance of clinical audits. We hope this can be used as a template for further closed loop audits to follow.

The Council of Brighton and Sussex Medico-Chirurgical Society is pleased to award three annual prizes of £50: one for current medical students, one for sixth formers or other students who are applying to study medicine in the forthcoming year and one for members of the BSMS Brightmed programme.  Members of Brightmed are welcome to apply for both student prizes. All applicants must be aged sixteen or over.

Candidates should submit a reflective piece of no more than one side of A4 based on one of the Brighton Med-Chi talks that they have attended in the previous six months. The piece should explore why the talk interested them, how it affected their thinking and how it might influence them in the future.  Student should only make one submission.  Please send submissions to Ms Kate Hopkinson () as a word document with your name, date of birth and the prize(s) you are applying for on page one and your submission on page two.  We normally post prize winners’ names and submissions on our website.  Please state on page one of your submission if you do not wish this to happen.  Submissions should be made by 1st June.

Click here for the Med-Chi bursary application form

Click here to see prize winners from 2017.