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The Association of Surgeons in Training Silver Scalpel Award


The ASiT Silver Scalpel Award has been recognising excellence in surgical training since 2000. It is awarded annually to inspirational trainers who have scored highly across five categories: leadership, resourcefulness, training and development, professionalism, and communication.

Over the past decade the Silver Scalpel Award has played a vital part in recognising trainers going the extra mile for their trainees, while at the same time promoting the highest standards of surgical training. At a time of constant flux in the NHS, with training increasingly squeezed by demands on service and EWTD-related working time restrictions, it is more important than ever that we recognise and reward good trainers.
Their energy and enthusiasm has not been dampened, on the contrary they consistently and repeatedly demonstrate an outstanding ability to teach and train. They exhibit a strong sense of leadership. They are clear in communicating their goals but are also prepared to learn from a trainee.
We want to hear from you, the trainee, about any surgical trainer that you feel deserves this prestigious award. We want to know why? The winner of the Silver Scalpel Award in previous years has always scored one of the highest marks on the initial screening of your submissions by your fellow trainees.


ASiT are delighted to announce that the winner of the 2017 Silver Scalpel Award is Miss Rachel Hargest, Consultant General and Colorectal Surgeon, University Hospital of Wales.

Miss Rachel Hargest receiving the Silver Scalpel award from Mr David O'Regan.

Congratulations also to the other shortlisted candidates for the 2017 award:

Miss Stella Vig, Consultant Vascular and General Surgeon, Croydon University Hospital.

Mr Szabolcs Gergely, Consultant Upper GI Surgeon, Hinchingbrooke Hospital NHS Trust.

Mr Dimitri Hadjiminas, Consultant Breast Surgeon, Charing Cross Hospital.

Mr Ian Sherman, Consultant ENT Surgeon, Wirral University Teaching  Hospital Trust


Nominations for the 2018 Silver Scalpel award are currently closed.

Guidelines for Nominations:

Maximum of 2 A4 pages on why you think your trainer is an exceptional surgical trainer and deserves the Silver Scalpel award. In particular, please describe your trainer under the following headings in your nomination:

- Resourcefulness
- Training and Development
- Professionalism
- Communication

It is clear the winners and the short listed candidates of the Silver Scalpel Award not only deliver excellence in training but also a first class service. The two go hand-in-hand and are not usually exclusive. Good service enables good training and vice versa because together they culminate in a knowledge creating and learning environment.

Nominations are now closed


ASiT are grateful to Swann-Morton who continue to support this prestigious award with Swann-Morton Silver Scalpel trophy.

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