ACPGBI member Mr Neil Smart, discusses his 2015 ACPGBI Australiasian Travelling Fellowship experience:
Metropolitan Sydney has a population of approximately 5 million people and a number of large academic colorectal surgery units that have clinical and research interests covering the whole spectrum of modern colorectal practice. The operative surgery and research output are both outstanding and easily on a par with the best units anywhere in the world. As a relatively newly appointed consultant with a substantial academic interest at one of the UK’s newest medical school (University of Exeter) I was interested in gaining insights into the infrastructure and systems that allow the delivery of both internationally renowned operative surgery and seminal research. I arranged to visit two of the units affiliated with the University of Sydney Medical School (internationally ranked in the top 20 by QS World University Rankings).