MSS Surgery Interest Group (MSIG)
To stimulate interest in surgery and to provide medical students of all years the opportunity to explore surgery and its various subspecialties such as cardiac surgery, surgical oncology, oculoplastics, minimally invasive surgery, and much more. In the current curriculum, there is very little exposure to surgery and often students do not have adequate information about potential careers in surgery. With that in consideration, we invite a staff surgeon or a resident in surgery approximately once a month to present their specialty, discuss what it is like to work in that field, their research interests, and any other topics that they feel may be of interest to students. After the presentation, students are given the opportunity to interact and ask any questions that they may have. Furthermore, our club aims to provide aspiring surgeons with the resources to reach their goals. We have a general surgery resident discuss CARMS applications and advice on how to become a strong applicant with regards to research and electives. We also have a suturing session where students are taught the techniques of suturing and even get hands on practice under the guidance of a resident, an opportunity that many of the first year students have appreciated in the past. By exposing students to various disciplines in surgery, we hope that students will be able to make more informed career decisions.