The Student Audit and Research in Surgery (STARSurg) collaborative is a national, student-led audit and research network with representation from medical schools across the UK, Ireland and other countries around the world. It empowers students to participate in high quality academic projects, forming links with supervising junior doctors and consultants and receiving PubMed-citable co-authorship.
Through this, students contribute data to national studies while gaining an understanding of clinical academia, audit and research methodology, and ethical considerations.
- RECON is being conducted in 2019 to explore the incidence of post-operative pulmonary complications (PPCs) following major abdominal and incisional hernia surgery. Furthermore, this project will evaluate adherence to perioperative PPC prevention measures and establish risk factors for development of PPCs.
- IMAGINE was conducted in 2018 as STARSurg’s first international project in collaboration with EuroSurg investigating the incidence and management of postoperative ileus, as well as the safety and impact of NSAIDs on return of bowel function.
- OAKS was conducted in 2015 to audit adherence to guidelines requiring assessment of renal function before and after major gastrointestinal and liver surgery, as well as to identify predictive factors and determine the incidence and morbidity of post-operative AKI.
- DISCOVER was conducted in 2014 to determine whether obesity is associated with an increased risk of major postoperative complications.
- STARSurg 1 was conducted in 2013 as their first national project and involved 258 students from 31 UK medical schools to collect outcomes data over a two-week period on a prospective cohort of 1500 patients across 109 UK hospitals.
To read more about STARSurg and their past studies and publications, please visit https://starsurg.org/