I am a final year medical student at UCT, and in 2016, I was President of the UCT Surgical Society, one of the largest surgical societies in the world. I am privileged to helm an amazing IASSS team this year. We have strived to reinvent this remarkable society, and by becoming the official Student Chapter of the International Society of Surgery (ISS/SIC), we will endeavour to bring opportunities in research and education to everyone interested in the art of surgery.