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Table 2 Responses of participating SIG chairs (n = 17)

From: Cross sectional analysis of student-led surgical societies in fostering medical student interest in Canada

Response Frequency
n (%)
Initial introduction to SIG
 Friend/ Classmate 8 47
 Interest Group fair 7 41
 Email 2 12
Route to appointment 17 100
 Appointed by previous chairs 15 88
 Voted in by students 2 12
What made you first join the SIG?
 Interest in surgery as a career 17 100
 Gain exposure/ experience in surgery 3 18
 Getting more involved 2 12
 To connect with residents/ staff 1 6
 Help promote surgery 1 6
 Improve medical education in surgery 1 6
 Another position fell through 1 6
 Staying updated 1 6
What were your roles as SIG executives
 Organize events 17 100
 Contact surgeons/ residents 17 100
 Organize funding 13 76
 Student advocacy 11 65
 Educational/ departmental 4 24
 Junior medical student mentorship 5 29
 Skills teaching 12 71
 Organizing SEAD 4 24
 Other 1 6
Did you believe you had sufficient funding to run planned events?
 Yes 12 71
 No 5 29
What types of events were held throughout the year?
 Lecture series 10 59
 Surgeon Q&A/ Surgeon lifestyle night 15 88
 Resident Q&A/ Resident lifestyle night 12 71
 Residency matching information night 9 53
 Scrubbing in to operating room /sterile technique session 6 35
 Surgical skills session 15 88
 Career night 12 71
 Full day events (Eg. ‘Surgery Saturdays’ 5 29
 Other 6 35
Who hosted the majority of events?
 Medical students 8 47
 Staff surgeons 2 12
 Residents 5 29
 Other 2 12
Which event was the most successful/ best received?
 Surgical skills sessions 12 71
 Scrubbing in to operating room /sterile technique session 2 12
 Lecture series 1 6
 Surgeon Q&A/ Surgeon lifestyle night 1 6
Which programs did SIG help facilitate?
 SEAD 4 24
 Observerships 5 29
 Transplant procurement 0 0
 On-call shifts 1 6
 Mentorship program (with residents) 5 29
 Mentorship program (with staff) 0 0
 Women in surgery 7 41
 Other 1 6
Which advertising methods were used?
 E-mail 12 71
 Posters 2 12
 Class announcements 12 71
 Interest group fairs 6 35
 Flyers 0 0
 Other (Facebook) 9 53
Which form of support did you receive?
 Financial 13 76
 Administrative 8 47
 Promotional 2 12
 Staff surgeon liaison 10 59
 Other 0 0
Was interest in your group maintained throughout the year?
 Strongly Agree 3 18
 Agree 11 65
 Neutral 3 18