Where we are and where we are going.

The Tanzanian Surgical Skills Project (TSSP) was established by Harry Carr in collaboration with Newcastle University Surgical Society (NUSS), as part of his elective placement at KCMC, Tanzania, in 2019.


Opportunities for quality and affordable surgical skills training outside the MBBS curriculum are variable across the UK and overseas in other Higher Income Countries (HIC). However in recent years this has been slowly improved by student-driven surgical societies via near-peer/peer-peer surgical education.

The NUSS is a highly proactive surgical society that runs weekly events covering surgical skills, anatomy demonstrations, specialty talks and national conferences and we felt that the skills we had gained running the society could be used to support those medical students overseas as well.


The TSSP aims to support the interests of any Tanzanian student who wishes to explore a career in surgery and academic surgery by engaging them in structured peer-to-peer learning opportunities similar to that offered by the NUSS.

With the generous support of its collaborators and the enviable drive of its volunteers, the TSSP runs a variety of lectures, surgical skills workshops and research projects to develop the interests and practical skills of the future leaders of Tanzanian surgery.

The TSSP is a life-long commitment to excellence in surgical training and we welcome you to support our work in whatever way you can.

The Big 5



The Journal Club



Where we are going.
The future of the TSSP.

Looking ahead, we aim to continue supporting the foundation work established at KCMC in Summer 2019.

Between March and May 2020, we have 2 Newcastle medical students attending KCMC as part of their MRes year to continue developing the surgical skills sessions. 

Between June and August 2020, we have 3 Newcastle medical students who will do the same as well as helping to complete our 1st international collaborative study - TSSP RS1.0, recently piloted.

We are looking to expand our impact on the global stage by engaging the 7000 or so medical students travelling from the UK in global peer-peer surgical education.

As such we are currently welcoming applications from UK medical students to join the TSSP as an elective SurgEd TSSP volunteer. 

If you would like to volunteer for the TSSP as part of your elective period, please do get in touch using the contact form on the home page.

Click on the images above to see Harry's elective report

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    The TSSP arranges for local, national and international surgeons to speak to the students at KCMC about the diverse career in surgery and exactly how to prepare for it. Our talks may be live in lecture theatres or via live streaming services.

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    Time is precious during medical school and developing a strong base of anatomical knowledge and surgical skills is difficult without structured sessions. The TSSP runs workshops aimed at developing these skills.

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    The Journal Club

    The Journal Club is an environment established to welcome medical students to the world of research. Our sessions engage students with practical knowledge to help them run audits, design research protocols and critically appraise papers.

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    As part of the TSSP, we believe that the surgeons of the future should all be involved in research. However, opportunities are slim picking and as such we lead small projects with our students. 

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    Collaboration is the most important of our pillars. Collaboration is the new competition and without the support of our sponsors and volunteers, the TSSP does not run.

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