Education News

Leeds Course in Clinical Nutrition, 13-15 September 2017

Monday, 27 March 2017 12:07

This 3 day course, which has been endorsed by the BSG Education Committee, is aimed at all professions with an interest in Clinical Nutrition and will appeal to clinicians, dietitians, doctors, hospital pharmacists, nursing staff and others with an interest in patient nutrition. The course is particularly suitable for SpRs (Specialist Registrars) as it is now a mandatory requirement to attend a clinical nutrition course. BSG members will be offered a reduced registration fee; further information is available from Early registration is recommended.

Oesophageal Neoplasia Masterclass

Monday, 06 March 2017 12:03

Taking place on 19 September 2017 at UCLH, London, the second annual Oesophageal Neoplasia Masterclass (ONM) live endoscopy course at UCLH is a one day masterclass exploring novel and innovative advances in the early diagnosis and endoscopic treatment of patients with oesophageal neoplasia, delivered by world renowned international experts. Further details of the programme and how to register are available from the BSG events calendar. The course has been endorsed by the BSG Education Committee; an application has been made to the RCP for CPD credits.

PGDip/MSc in Gastroenterology 2017

Friday, 03 March 2017 14:44

The Diploma is taught from October until April the following year. There is approximately 10 hours of teaching per week plus tutorials regularly throughout the course. The programme consists of a combination of lectures, small group tutorials and practical sessions. The programme makes use of a variety of on-line teaching methods but the bulk of teaching is recorded live and made available later on the day of the teaching.

Distance Learning (DL) students access the teaching through the dedicated University on-line teaching environment (QMPlus) and review all lectures and other teaching sessions, these can be accessed on all equipment and can be download as pod- or vod-casts allowing off line review. On line live tutorials are arranged every 1-2 weeks and gastroenterology teaching fellows act as primary contacts and mentors for the DL students.

To complete the MSc, students undergo either a research project (MSc Gastroenterology) or case series report (MSc in Clinical Gastroenterology and Hepatology) submitting the final thesis in the middle of August.

Distance learning students can enrol for either the PG DIP or MSc variations of the course. If you’re unsure of funding or timings we would advise taking the PG DIP – we can always transfer you once dissertations and funding are finalised.

The first part is the taught aspect of the course (120 credits, equivalent to a Diploma) which is divided into 6 modules. All modules are compulsory and run from October to April.

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.

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