Miss Laura Arthur will be awarded the first ever Graham Teasdale Medal today (4 September 2020) from the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Glasgow during the College’s first ever Virtual Diploma Ceremony, an online event held to admit new Fellows and Members to the College.
Miss Arthur, a General Surgery Trainee at Royal Infirmary Newcastle upon Tyne, received the award for excellence in the Fellowship of the Royal College of Surgeons (FRCS) General Surgery exam. The award is named after the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Glasgow’s past President, Professor Sir Graham Teasdale, who most notably co-developed the internationally renowned Glasgow Coma Scale as a way to communicate about the level of consciousness of patients with an acute brain injury.
The Teasdale Medal is awarded for the highest score in section 2 of the General Surgery Intercollegiate Board Exam by a Glasgow candidate. This exam is the final hurdle in the long and complex path for General Surgery Trainees and taken at a time when family responsibilities, life challenges and personal ambitions all compete.
Our College wants to acknowledge the dedication and commitment of our excellent Trainees at this stage in their lives.
Presenting the Graham Teasdale Medal, Professor Teasdale said:
“It is a great pleasure and privilege to be able to present this to Laura Arthur. In my experience, the stature of an award owes much more to the future achievements of those receivers than the past of those giving it. Laura has made a tremendous start with her great success in the Fellowship examination and I’m sure her career will go from strength to strength in the future.”
Accepting the Graham Teasdale Medal, Laura Arthur said:
“I feel humbled and incredibly honoured to be awarded the inaugural Graham Teasdale Medal for my performance in the 2019 FRCS examination in General Surgery. The Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Glasgow has been integral to my training and development as a surgeon and I look forward to a continuing involvement in the College throughout my consultant career.”