Competence and expertise: navigating the challenges of an outcomes-based surgical curriculum
Oscar Traynor is the Director of International Surgical Training Programmes at the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland. For more than 25 years, he was the Dean of Postgraduate Surgical Education and Training with responsibility for all surgical training in Ireland. He has been responsible for introducing several innovations to surgical training, including the world’s first e-learning programme for surgical trainees, a comprehensive curriculum-based surgical simulation programme for teaching technical skills and an integrated Human Factors training programme. He has published widely on various aspects of surgical training and has also lectured extensively on the subject of Human Factors in Surgery in Europe, Australia and North America. In October 2021, he was given an Honorary Fellowship of the American College of Surgeons in recognition of his contributions to surgical education and training. In September 2022, he became the first Irish surgeon to be inducted into the Academy of Master Surgeon Educators in the United States.

Until recently, he was also the Director of Clinical Governance at Blackrock Health Hermitage Medical Clinic in Dublin, a post he held since 2014. In this role, he was responsible for patient safety and quality of care at the hospital and he promoted various patient safety initiatives. Through the Clinical Governance Committee, he achieved wide stakeholder involvement in promoting the “culture of patient safety” at Hermitage.

He retired from clinical practice as a consultant surgeon at St Vincent’s University Hospital, Dublin in 2014. For more than 25 years, he headed a very busy Hepato-Biliary and Pancreatic Surgery unit and played a leading role in developing the National Liver Transplant Programme in Ireland in the early 1990s. The HPB unit at St. Vincent’s University Hospital in Dublin is the sole national tertiary referral centre for Liver Transplantation and for Pancreas Cancer surgery in Ireland.

Coffee, tea and pastries will be served in the Lecture Theatre.

Please email Louise King ( if you would like to attend online.
Date: 3 May 2024, 8:00 (Friday, 2nd week, Trinity 2024)
Venue: John Radcliffe Academic, Headington OX3 9DU
Venue Details: Lecture Theatre 1, also online via Microsoft Teams
Speaker: Professor Oscar Traynor (Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland)
Organising department: Nuffield Department of Surgical Sciences
Organiser: Tarryn Ching (University of Oxford, Nuffield Department of Surgical Sciences)
Part of: Surgical Grand Rounds
Booking required?: Not required
Audience: Members of the University only
Editor: Louise King