Innovation in Surgical Anatomy Competition

The Innovation in Surgical Anatomy Competition was held on Wednesday evening 7 September in the Wright Theatre at Parkville.

The Department of Surgery in conjunction with the Department of Anatomy and the Surgical Students Society of Melbourne co-hosted the 2022 Innovation in Surgical Anatomy Student Competition at the Medical School on the September 7th 2022.

The competition is sponsored by the Department of Anatomy and Physiology and the Department of Surgery, Melbourne Medical School in conjunction with the Surgical Students’ Society of Melbourne. The competition was inaugurated in 2020 and is held annually; however due to COVID constraints, the annual prize presentations and awards have been held virtually to date and this was the first year that were able to hold an in-person event.


Over 50 participants attended that evening where posters and videos of excellent quality developed by medical students were presented. Professor Matthew Watt opened the event which was then followed by a presentation by Professor Justin Yeung on the importance of understanding anatomy as part of surgical practice. Finally Professor Peter Choong concluded the event, congratulating all the participants on the excellent innovation and standard of the submitted projects.

The event is open to years one to four medical students in the Melbourne Medical School and can be entered by individuals or small teams according to year level. Competitors are asked to research a surgical field or procedure which has been revolutionised by technological advancements.


They then apply this knowledge to formulate a research question and present the evidence to answer the question either as a short video or as a scientific poster. The judges for the event were selected from both the Department of Anatomy and Physiology and clinicians from the Department of Surgery.