UCL Medical School


Surgical Career Support (SCS) Grant

Financial support from UCL Surgical Society for medical students to attend surgical skills courses and conferences

Portfolio and CV building has become an integral but expensive aspect to surgical career development. Due to high costs, presenting at conferences and attending surgical skills courses can often be inaccessible to under-represented minorities, despite being a crucial aspect of successful applications to surgical training programmes.

As UCL’s Surgical Society it is our aim to enable and encourage students to pursue a career in surgery no matter what their circumstances may be. Following the Royal College of Surgeons’ independent review on diversity and inclusion, we re-evaluated our role in promoting widening access to surgery on a medical school level.  Many of our events are centred around starting conversations on the topic, while promoting a diverse range of mentorship opportunities.  In addition to this, we wanted to help address the disparities between socioeconomic status and career outcomes for students[1] through providing seed funding in line with the 11th recommendation of the review. 

The Surgical Career Support (SCS) grant will provide an extra avenue of financial support for students and help reach our goal for accessibility to surgical careers.  


Application process:

This grant will fund attendance to a maximum of 2 conferences/courses per successful applicant each academic year. You can apply for up to £100 to cover expenses for any event you attend that year. 

Funds will be awarded based on suitability on a case by case basis.  Selection will occur by a small committee of Surgical Society members after all information has been anonymised by a UCL Medical School non-academic member of staff. You can view information on deadlines, payments, the selection process and which events you can apply for in our suitability criteria.


Apply here: https://www.cognitoforms.com/UCLMedicalSchool1/SurgicalCareerSupportSCSGrant

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact Maria Georgi, UCL Surgical Society Past President 2020-21, at maria.georgi.17@ucl.ac.uk 


We would like to thank Mr Arjun Nathan our UCL Surgical Society Senior Advisor for his guidance, Miss Fiona Myint our Society’s Patron for her supervision, Amisha Kalra the UCL Surgical Society Vice President 2021-22 and Deanne Attreed from the medical school for helping make this possible.


[1] Relationship between sociodemographic factors and specialty destination of UK trainee doctors: a national cohort study B Kumwenda, J Cleland, G Prescott, K Walker and P Johnston https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC/6475150/ and Rodriguez Santana I , Chalkley M . Getting the right balance? A mixed logit analysis of the relationship between UK training doctors' characteristics and their specialties using the 2013 National Training Survey. BMJ Open 2017;7:9.doi:10.1136/bmjopen-2016-015219