A student surgical society – the Cape Town experience

D M Favara, D Kahn


The UCT Surgical Society, Africa’s only student surgical society, is a student-managed academic society that promotes undergraduate interest in the field of surgery at the University of Cape Town. With over 700 members in 2009, it is one of the largest student surgical societies in the world. This article describes the origins, aims and objectives of the Society, and outlines a framework that students anywhere may use to create their own academic interest societies.


Surgical Society; Student Surgical Society; Medical Education; Surgical Education; UCT Surgical Society; Undergraduate surgical education; How to start a Surgical Society; University of Cape Town;

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South African Journal of Surgery | Online ISSN: 2078-5151 | Print ISSN: 0038-2361 | Medpharm Publications

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