History of Development

The founding members of the Waterford Surgical October Club were Mr. Gordon Watson FRCSI and Mr. Brendan Devlin FRCSI. The vision at the time was to develop a Practical Meeting  for Busy Surgeons in practice to be delivered by their Colleagues currently working in busy Units Nationally and Internationally. The belief was that there was room in the Irish Postgraduate Surgical Calendar for such a meeting which would bring practical experience to bear in the development of surgical practice in Ireland.

The first Meeting was held in the Ardree Hotel in Waterford in 1990. The invited faculty included, Professor Niall O’Higgins of St. Vincents Hospital, Chairman of the Department of Surgery at University College , Dublin, Mr. Brendan Devlin, Consultant General Surgeon, Stockton -on-Tees, England and Mr.Paddy Broe, Consultant General Surgeon, Beaumont Hospital Dublin. Mr. Devlin was one of the first surgeons to introduce the concept of audit to the Irish Surgical Community.

Since that time the Waterford Surgical October Club has gradually grown and developed. This has been aided by the linkage with the Surgical Section of the Royal Academy of Medicine and the introduction of the specialty of Orthopaedics to the programme supported by the busy Orthopaedic Unit in Waterford Regional Hospital. This heritage has allowed the development of the key Lectures namely the William O’Keeffe Lecture awarded to the winner of the William O’Keeffe Research Prize and the Gordon Watson Lecture. 

The Gordon Watson Lecture is awarded to members of the Medical Community who have in the opinion of the organising committee made and in many cases continue to make significant contributions to the knowledge base of modern surgical practice and have shown enthusiasm in the development and training of young surgeons. The Meeting is not only aimed at busy consultant surgeons in practice but wishes to use their knowledge base to develop and encourage the surgeons of tomorrow who will practice both in Ireland and elsewhere to audit and question current practice in the pursuit of surgical excellence and personal professional development. The Brendan Devlin Prize , The Orthopaedic Research Prize along with the William O’Keeffe Research Prize aim to encourage and recognise the potential within our surgical community.

The Waterford Surgical October Meeting (WOSM) approaches its 30thMeeting in 2020 and it’s enlarging organising committee look forward to continuing to contribute to the search for knowledge and experience in the care of our patients who require surgical therapy.

Prof. K. Simon Cross MD

Convenor WOSM

Sept 19