eoSurgical was developed by UK based surgical trainees, all three of whom now work as consultant surgeons across the UK in the NHS. Our overarching goal is to improve surgical care – globally – through provision of accessible, affordable, and evidence-based simulation tools. As the project expands, we continue to work with key UK surgery stakeholders in various capacities.
- In 2018 we partnered with University of Edinburgh / Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh and their award winning MSc in Surgical Sciences, providing a scholarship for a trainee from a less economically developed nation.
- Last year, we formalised a collaboration with the Association of Surgeons in Training (ASiT) in the provision of a bursary for an ASiT member to complete an MSc in Medical Education.
- Completion of our SurgTrac curriculum is recognised with 20 CPD points by the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh.
- Our simulators have been utilised in several national simulation training programmes, notably Scotland’s ‘Incentivised Laparoscopy Practice’ programme, which continues to evolve and improve. This is a Scottish Government funded program - delivered with NHS Education for Scotland - for CT1 trainees in Scotland.
Evidence of the efficacy of surgical simulation is crucial. There is a robust and growing evidence-base (over 30 peer reviewed articles) specifically exploring eoSim and SurgTrac - for both basic and advanced skills training – and from multiple specialties and countries.
Over 130,000 training task activities have been recorded on the SurgTrac app, across 92 different countries. All a trainee needs is a smartphone and a simulator – opening up access to remote instruction, training syllabuses, and objective feedback via instrument-tracking software. A free trial can be downloaded in both iOS and Android.
If you are interested in finding out more or working with us, get in touch with the team.
Consultant Neurosurgeon and Honorary Senior Lecturer, Edinburgh