EuroSurg is a European medical students and surgeons network who collaborate together to run high-quality, multi-centre, international studies.

Following the model of other successful collaboratives such as STARSurg and GlobalSurg, the EuroSurg Collaborative is the first pan-European student- and trainee-led research collaborative with a specialist interest in surgery.

Our first collaborative student-led study explored the association between obesity and complications following major abdominal surgery. Medical students and trainees from seven European countries took part: Italy, The Netherlands, Czech Republic, United Kingdom, Ireland, Spain and Turkey. Its main findings were published in Colorectal Disease:

EuroSurg Collaborative. Body mass index and complications following major gastrointestinal surgery: a prospective, international cohort study and meta-analysis. Colorectal Dis. 2018 Aug;20(8):O215-O225. doi: 10.1111/codi.14292.

Our second study – IMAGINE (Ileus Management International) ran in 2018 and it was recently published in the British Journal of Surgery. Medical students and trainees from more than 25 contries from Europe, South Africa, Australia and New Zealand joined and contributed to the successfull delivery of the study.

Eurosurg provides an opportunity for students to develop research skills whilst contributing to large, international studies capable of improving patient care. It promotes education in evidence-based research. Furthermore, all students who collaborate in EuroSurg projects are PubMed citable in published studies (see an example here).

Our aims

• To develop research networks across Europe
• To provide useful research skills to students and trainees
• To improve patient care and management