Taster Membership

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The BSG has re-launched its Taster Membership scheme to promote Gastroenterology to aspiring medical students and all junior trainees pre-ST3. We are looking to attract students, foundation doctors and Core medical trainees who show enthusiasm for gastroenterology by participation in audit, research SSU's or other gastroenterology related projects. Benefits of this scheme include access to a tailored microsite on the BSG website, with educational content, political commentary and an informal mentoring scheme (supported by the BSG Trainee section). Substantially reduced conference rates are available for BSG scientific meetings and submission of abstracts to the BSG scientific meeting is actively encouraged. To apply, students foundation doctors and CMTs should complete and down load the simple membership application and direct debit form, available on the open BSG homepage. Cost is minimal (£15pa). The support of a BSG member is needed to join the Society and their BSG membership number and contact email should be entered on the application form to act as authentication for the application.

Membership Application

Download and complete the application form and return with the direct debit mandate to the BSG offices. You will need the email and BSG membership number of the Consultant sponsoring your application (this could be a gastroenterologist who is your educational/clinical supervisor or a supervising gastroenterologist for your clinical attachment, SSU or foundation post).

Once the BSG receive this they will email you and your sponsor to confirm receipt of your application. You will then be contacted to make your first payment of £15 (after the first payment all future payments will be taken by yearly direct debit).

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BSG Annual Scientific Meeting, Manchester, 16-19 June 2014

Early Bird Registration ends 28 March. Attendance cost for BSG Taster member (includes student): £60

Dr Cathryn Edwards, BSG Senior Secretary writes...

The new venue of Manchester Central presents an exciting opportunity to enjoy our Society's Annual Meeting in the vibrant northern city of Manchester. Easily accessed by rail and air, this location offers good links with Scotland, Northern Ireland and the North of England, London and the South East and even the far flung corners of South West England and Wales.

In the words of George Orwell in The Road to Wigan Pier: 'Manchester… the belly and guts of the Nation!'

The venue now called Manchester Central was originally Manchester Central railway station, one of the city's main railway terminals. It was built between 1875 and 1880 but was eventually closed to passengers in 1969. The station's large arched roof – a huge wrought-iron single-span arched roof, spanning 210 feet – was a noted piece of railway engineering and was the widest unsupported iron arch in Britain, after the Barlow train shed at London St Pancras.

The building was renovated at a cost of £30 million in 2008 by Manchester-based architects Stephenson Bell. The first phase, to create a foyer, took from February to November 2008. The second phase, completed in 2009, included an extended foyer to the iconic Grade ll listed Central Hall. It is here that we will hold the Conference Exhibition, poster viewing and the daily Moderated Poster Rounds, central to the BSG meeting. It's also the focal meeting place in the venue for coffee, tea and lunch, which will be provided for the first time as part of the unchanged conference fee. I hope this will be a convivial aspect of this year's meeting and allow us all to meet, learn and lunch together!

This year's programme has benefited as in previous years from the contributions from all Sections of the BSG, and promotes original research, education and clinical updates. I have greatly appreciated the flexibility and enthusiasm of the Programme Committee in designing and delivering innovative content in addition to the allied Conference Events.

GastroCycle, designed by Phil Smith and the Trainee Committee in collaboration with our sister charity Core, offers enthusiasts and novice riders the chance to get that 'Tour de France' feel ahead of the Gastroenterology Masterclass on Monday 16th June. Again led by our Trainee Section the Conference Party on Tuesday night (from 9pm) is a chance to meet and relax after the first full day of the Scientific Meeting, which commences with 'free paper' oral presentations for all Sections. There is a continuity of Section interests throughout the meeting, including strong Screening Programme sessions (BCSP and Endoscopy), hepatology for the expert and the generalist and focussed updates on IBD care and treatment.

The CONSTRUCT trial presents its results for the first time on Tuesday afternoon and 'Obesity in the Young Adult' looms large on Wednesday! Sessions on functional disease benefit from a State-of-the-Art lecture by Prof Mike Camilleri from the Mayo Clinic and our newly formed section (Colorectal) jointly delivers with Endoscopy an excellent programme on early colorectal cancer. There are breakout sessions and workshops (alcohol, endoscopy in low income settings, IBD National Registry to mention but a few) and, for the Scientist and Clinician Scientist alike, a whole day Translational Science Masterclass focused on mechanisms of inflammation.

Pathology, pancreas and neuroendocrine tumours make a heady mix for Thursday and key clinical updates in upper GI oncology are covered in combined sessions from the Pancreatic, Gastroduodenal and Oesophageal Sections. This list is by no means exhaustive; go to www.bsg2014.org.uk to browse the programme content in detail.

By no means least is the development of a Nurse Education Programme in association with GIN, showcasing nurse education at its best. Thanks to BSGNA for their inspiration and collaboration.

Most conferences take on their own particular character and feel. I hope the programme content, the location and the venue will inspire you to come and join the Conference Community at Manchester Central, be it for just a day or the entire meeting. Take the opportunity to make your contribution to the BSG and to UK Gastroenterology and to enjoy the professional network our Society provides. Looking forward to seeing you there.

Cathryn Edwards
BSG Senior Secretary and Programme Committee Chair


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Meet Your Committee...

Name: Dr Phil Smith

Position: Chair

Representing: NE Thames

Grade: Specialty Registrar, ST4

I am a Gastroenterology SpR and MRC Clinical Research training Fellow at UCL, and also Secretary of the BSG trainees section and representative for North East Thames. My drive for becoming a Gastroenterologist stems from my own experience of living with Crohn's disease. Coming from a non-medical background, my aim is to always help others get the 'insider's guide' needed to succeed in this exciting specialty.

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Name: Dr John Seenan

Position: Secretary

Representing: West Scotland

Grade: Specialty Registrar 5 (ST5)


I am currently a Specialty Registrar (ST6) in gastroenterology and general medicine in the West of Scotland with an interest in luminal gastroenterology.

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Name: Dr Alenka Brooks

Position: Ex-Chair

Representing: Yorkshire

Grade: Specialty Registrar,4th year

I am a 4th year SpR based in South Yorkshire and am the current Chair of the BSG trainees committee. Involvement with training committee has been a fantastic experience, representing trainees locally and nationally in matters that are really important to trainees and therefore tomorrow's consultants. Trainees are given the opportunity to be involved at every level of the BSG, which enhances the quality of representation the committee provides.

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Name: Dr Kate Evans

Representing: Oxford

Grade: Specialist Registrar year 5

I chose to do gastroenterology because its very nature demands straightforwardness. The huge diversity of the workload also appeals. I'm based in Oxford but did OOPR in Sheffield and have specialist interest in the small bowel and nutrition.

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Name: Dr Charlotte Rutter

Representing: Severn & South West Peninsula

Grade: ST5

I currently work in Gloucester as a Severn Deanery trainee. I started out as a basic surgical trainee but a career in medicine appealed as I missed the diagnostic challenge of being a physician.

Gastroenterology is a varied specialty combining patients of all ages, acute emergencies, such as upper gastrointestinal bleeding, and enables you to utilise your practical skills in endoscopy. It is a fantastic choice of specialty and I look forward to offering advice to any potential gastroenterologists in the making!

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Name: Dr Jessica Dyson

Representing: Northern

Grade: ST5

I hope to become a gastroenterologist with an interest in hepatology. Gastroenterology offers a huge range of opportunities including practical skills (e.g. endoscopy) which I think makes it an exciting specialty.

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Name: Dr Georgina Chadwick

Representing: NW Thames

Grade: ST5

I currently work at Northwick Park Hospital as a NW London trainee. I chose gastroenterology because of the opportunity to combine practical skills with a medical specialty. Long term I hope to have a special interest in advanced endoscopy.

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Name: Dr Pete Basford

Representing: Wessex

Grade: Specialist Registrar

I am a specialist registrar currently in an endoscopy research post at Portsmouth Hospitals. Gastroenterology is a great specialty offering a balance between ward, clinic, and the practical skills of endoscopy.

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Name: Dr Shuvra Ray

Representing: SE Thames

Grade: Specialty Registrar, ST5

Interests: IBD

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Name: Dr Chander Shekhar

Representing: West Midlands

Grade: Specialty Registrar

Interests: Luminal Gastroenterology & Therapeutic Endoscopy/ ERCP

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Name: Dr Shivaram Bhat

Representing: Northern Ireland

Grade: ST5

Interests: IBD, Barrett's Oesophagus

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Name: Dr Prakash Ramachandran

Representing: East of Scotland

Grade: ST4

Interests: Hepatology, Academic Medicine, Basic Science Research

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Name: Dr Laith Alrubaiy

Representing: Wales

Grade: ST4

Interests: Endoscopy

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Name: Dr Margaret Corrigan

Representing: Mersey

Grade: ST5

Interests: Hepatology, Medical Education

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Name: Dr Joe Geraghty

Representing: North West

Grade: ST6

Interests: Endoscopy, HPB

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Name: Dr Shairoz Samji

Representing: Yorkshire & Humber

Grade: ST5

Interests: Endoscopy, Medical Education

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Name: Dr Fiona Cameron

Representing: TIPGHAN / BSPGHAN

Grade: ST6

Interests: Paediatric IBD

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