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Report to the BSG Education Committee on the Train The Trainers Workshop 21-25 November 2016, Ras Al-Khaimah, UAE

Tuesday, 06 December 2016 10:30

Dr Laith AlRubaiy
Clinical lecturer and speciality registrar in Gastroenterology, Swansea University, Swansea, UK

Thank you to the BSG and the World Gastroenterology Organisation for the opportunity to attend the excellent Train The Trainer (TTT) workshop at Ras Al-Khaimah, UAE.

The WGO TTT workshop team, led by Prof Bizos with a faculty of international experts, had arranged a full 4-day programme for the visit, packed with useful seminars on medical education, how to do critical appraisal, using social media to promote research and to network, using simulators to teach clinical skills etc. Every day, arrangements had been made for us to review what we had learned and apply it in practical hands-on sessions or group activities, all of which were incredibly helpful. The TTT programme has been running for many years, with around 1000 participants across the world; most of them are now leaders in their societies or their local hospitals. The course was sponsored and hosted by the Emirati Gastroenterology and Hepatology Society (EGHS), which was very generous with its hospitality, allowing us to enjoy some informal evenings with good company and experience the Arabic culture. We were also honoured to be invited to have tea with his Royal Highness the Sheikh Saud Bin Saqr Al Qasim of Ras Al- Khaimah. Also, we quite enjoyed a thrilling desert safari and camel rides before having dinner at starlight.

Above all, the TTT Workshop has helped me to build a professional network with colleagues across the world. It was interesting to meet and chat with more than 30 gastroenterologists from Asia, Africa, the Americas, Australia and Europe and learn more about other health systems and training programmes worldwide. An interesting noteworthy learning point was how to develop MCQ and podcasts to support teaching. I found a few differences from our clinical practice in the UK, such as the structure of training programmes, the use of and access to national guidelines, payment for health services schemes, the wide use of ultrasound as part of training, staff attitudes and various levels of job satisfaction driven by financial private sectors in some countries. Almost without exception, all faculty, administrative and support staff could not have been more friendly and helpful. Developing such a programme in the UK would be very valuable. Thank you to all who helped in this course.

Basic Science Course: Gut microbiota: Relevance, analysis, modulation

Monday, 28 November 2016 13:43

UEG will be holding their next Basic Science Course on 22-24 June 2017 in Rome, Italy. This course is an educational activity for young PhDs and basic science oriented MDs in the field of gastroenterology across Europe and combines state-of-the-art lectures with hands-on training in the laboratory. The course is focused on the relevance of gut microbiota in health and disease, on different tools for microbiota analysis, and on available therapeutic avenues to manipulate gut microbiota. The application deadline is 4 March 2017; please note the BSG's Annual Meeting in Manchester concludes on 22 June 2017.

My College Online - RCPSG

Friday, 25 November 2016 14:47

The Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Glasgow have some new modules available on their eLearning Store, My College Online. There are also some reduced priced modules. More information is available from their site. There is also a November 2016 offer for 20% off, using discount code November10.

Young GI Angle: Tips for a smooth transition from fellowship to faculty

Friday, 30 September 2016 15:31

Think about major events in your life; consider highlights, low points, transitions, and critical events. Then reflect on things that have shaped and impacted you in an important manner: key people, important teams or groups, places and vital experiences. Imagine your future path in the next 5 to 10 years: Which goals do you aspire to achieve? Where do you want to be? How do you want colleagues and family to perceive you? Finally, consider how you hope transitions between the different phases of your career and family life will play out – what will you pursue and what do you wish to avoid? Think and read on in five minutes...

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