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The Academy of Surgical Education was founded in May 2014 after recognising the lack of educational opportunities and significant financial burden individual trainees face in order to continue their ongoing education and professional development. Access to high quality medical education should not be limited by financial considerations and by providing practical and taught courses at affordable prices to trainees, we aim to remove some of the barriers that prevent some from progressing in surgery.

Our courses are designed and delivered by consultants and senior registrars with a strong interest in teaching. We have successfully run several courses attended by over 400 trainees from across the country in collaboration with Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital, the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh, University of East Anglia and Norwich Radiology Academy. The Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital is one of the largest teaching hospitals in the Eastern deanery and offers all surgical specialties with the exception of cardiac and neurosurgery. Given the close ties to the University of East Anglia, the hospital is a national centre for research and high quality teaching and training.

Co-founders, Leyla Swafe and Alexis Sudlow have worked together since meeting in medical school at the University of Aberdeen. They are both General Surgery Registrars working in London and East of England Deanery.