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Date count run19 Mar 2021
Election rulesERS97 STV
Candidates running6
Available position1
Total ballots97
Valid votes97
Invalid votes0


Round Shazia Sarela Masako Shimato Simone Appel Aamina Mahmood Janahan Suthakar RON (Re-Open Nominations) Exhausted Surplus Threshold
1 18.00 19.00 23.00 20.00 17.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 48.50
Count of first choices. The initial quota is 48.50. No candidates have surplus votes so candidates will be eliminated and their votes transferred for the next round.
2 19.00 19.00 28.00 22.00 9.00 0.00 44.00
All losing candidates are eliminated. Count after substage 1 of 1 of eliminating Janahan Suthakar and RON (Re-Open Nominations). Transferred votes with value 1.00. Since no candidate has been elected, the quota is reduced to 44.00. No candidates have surplus votes so candidates will be eliminated and their votes transferred for the next round.
3 21.00 35.00 22.00 19.00 0.00 39.00
All losing candidates are eliminated. Candidates Shazia Sarela and Masako Shimato were tied when choosing candidates to eliminate. Candidate Shazia Sarela was chosen by breaking the tie at round 1. Count after substage 1 of 1 of eliminating Shazia Sarela. Transferred votes with value 1.00. Since no candidate has been elected, the quota is reduced to 39.00. No candidates have surplus votes so candidates will be eliminated and their votes transferred for the next round.
4 41.00 24.00 32.00 8.50 32.50
All losing candidates are eliminated. Count after substage 1 of 1 of eliminating Masako Shimato. Transferred votes with value 1.00. Since no candidate has been elected, the quota is reduced to 32.50. Candidate Simone Appel has reached the threshold and is elected.

Winner is Simone Appel.

Number of vacancies: 1


Janahan Suthakar
This year, I have had the wonderful opportunity to participate in the Lifebox GSA Student Research Project and become a member of the Global Neurosurgery Committee. These experiences have opened my eyes to the wide range of roles global surgery entails from advocacy to education and research in order to bring about a change in what has been a long-neglected field across the world. I am passionate about introducing more like-minded individuals to this field and to the same opportunities I had.

In this position, I intend to use my experience from the RUMS Events Subcommittee to create a variety of engaging events to introduce more aspiring surgeons to this field. I am eager to put students in contact with various organisations and raise awareness of different opportunities to further their potential career in global surgery. As a member of the global neurosurgery committee, I am also interested in working alongside other surgical specialities so students can explore different niches of global surgery such as global neurosurgery.

I feel confident that I understand what this role entails and I have the necessary skills, knowledge, creativity and passion to do it justice, and maintain the high standards of my predecessors
Shazia Sarela
Global surgery is a field of medicine I am immensely passionate about and believe is an aspect of surgery that requires a lot more attention and education, especially after the pandemic having shown us the importance of a collaborative, integrated surgical society. From participating in Model UN conferences and debating about WHO related topics to volunteering at a hospital and observing surgeries in India, I have developed a great interest in the differences in the performance of surgery around the world how nations can work collaboratively to innovate and improve the field of surgery, which led me to pursue an EPQ while I was in school on the topic of the global eradication and treatment of diseases. Having been deputy chair for global surgery for the past year, I believe I am in the ideal position to taken on the role of chair: I understand the procedures of contacting speakers, the organisation of events and have built networks with experts within the field. Additionally, my role in Students for Global Health as a research officer and policy writer has given me a great insight into the field of global health which I believe I can use as global surgery chair.
Simone Appel
As someone who has had the opportunity to experience different healthcare systems whilst shadowing or being an HCA in the UK, Germany, Nepal, and Tanzania, I am passionate about Global Surgery and making high quality surgical care easily accessible all over the world.

My experience involves organizing iNUGSC 2021, where I had the pleasure to co-host the conference with almost 500 attendees. During this time I established networks with medical students from 41 different countries, and co-lead a collaboration with Proximie to deliver virtual surgical theatres to an international audience. This has given me the confidence to organize and lead insightful panel discussions and communicate with lecturers to provide an interesting and engaging learning experience for the members of UCL Surgical Society.

As Global Surgery Chair I am hoping to give insight into this interesting and ever-evolving field of surgery. Themes that I am planning to explore through lectures and panel discussions are:

"Challenges in Delivering Equitable Surgical Care Globally", "Intersections between Health & Politics", "Humanitarian Surgical Response in Conflict and Natural Disaster", and finally, "Innovative Technology to Improve Surgical Care".

I am also hoping to collaborate with other societies at UCL, such as Friends of MSF or the Students for Global Health Society, and setting up interactive workshops addressing the aforementioned topics.
Aamina Mahmood
5 billion people around the world lack access to safe, affordable surgical care. Global surgery is fast becoming a serious healthcare concern, and, regardless of which specialty you choose, every surgeon can help to advance surgical practice worldwide.
I am incredibly enthusiastic about this field, having applied to the Global Health iBSc and written numerous articles on global health issues. In this role I want to help medical students improve their knowledge on global surgery issues, and the opportunities available to them, through informative lecture series’ touching on global and technological initiatives in a range of surgical specialties, as well as through partnerships with other societies at UCL and across the world. I also hope to organise exciting student-led charity projects to allow Surgical Society members to directly make an impact themselves.
I have held leadership and teamwork roles as Academic Representative and Suture the Future outreach lead where I have led QI projects and organised training events with some great teams, and I would love to use these skills and experiences to increase awareness and student engagement in this ‘forgotten stepchild of global health.’
Masako Shimato
Hello, I am Masako, a 4th-year medical student!

To maintain our passion about global surgery during medical school, I will organise…
1. Global surgery conference, utilising both my personal and UCL surgical society's connections to surgeons at various career stage in different countries. I personally know surgeons working in MSF, starting their own project in Myanmar, or operating in Japan, Canada.
2. Talks and panel discussions possibly collaborating with other societies such as SfGH. I am particularly interested in technology to improve the access and the quality of surgical care worldwide. I will invite speakers from medical startups, for example, developing VR programs for operation supports.
3. Global surgery mentorship scheme. Global surgical career is unique to individuals, so medical students will benefit from personal advice.

I have developed especially communication and organisation skills through…
1. Organising a 2-day virtual conference involving students across the UK and international speakers, as a national committee of a global health-related charity.
2. Organising monthly seminars on international development with members with various backgrounds and at different career stage. I always reflect on feedbacks for improvements.
Hence, I will be able to communicate well with other committee members as well as inspiring surgeons.