Taster Membership

Guy's and St Thomas' NHS Trust's new PACES Revision Course

NEW for 2017, The MRCP (UK) Part 2 Practical Assessment of Clinical Examination (PACES) course is designed to test the clinical knowledge and skills of trainee doctors who aim to enter higher specialist training (ST3).

This highly practical course combines small group work, with interactive lectures, case studies and practical demonstrations. The course concludes with a mock examination and individual feedback on performance.

The course covers the key areas of the MRCP (UK) Part 2 Clinical Examination including:

  • Assessment of core skills
  • Assessment of five stations:
    • Station 1: Respiratory & Abdominal
    • Station 2: History taking
    • Station 3: Cardiovascular & Neurology
    • Station 4: Ethics and Communication
    • Station 5: Brief Clinical Assessment 1 & 2
  • Patient encounters
  • Independent examiners at each station
  • Each candidate is assessed independently by examiners

The course finishes with a mock examination on the 4th day to prepare you for the PACES examination.

The course will run from Tuesday 10 January to Friday 13 January 2017 from approximately 09:00 – 17:00, and will be held at:

The Education Centre
75 – 79 York Road
London, SE1 7NJ

Further information on the course is available at:

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MRC - Explore your career options - Interactive career framework

The MRC’s interactive career framework is a very useful tool which allows researchers to look at career options in biomedical research.

The framework gives information on possible options for a career in biomedical research within academia and /or industry: the roles and routes displayed are illustrative and not exhaustive.

Further Information

BMJ Open Gastroenterology

BMJ Open Gastroenterology is an online-only, peer-reviewed, Open Access gastroenterology journal, dedicated to publishing high-quality medical research from all disciplines and therapeutic areas of gastroenterology. The journal publishes all research study types, from study protocols to phase I trials to meta-analyses, including small or specialist studies. Publishing procedures are built around continuous publication, publishing research online as soon as the article is ready.

BMJ Open Gastroenterology aims to operate a fast submission and review process with continuous publication online, to ensure timely, up-to-date research is available worldwide.

August's Selection:

Utility of wireless motility capsule and lactulose breath testing in the evaluation of patients with chronic functional bloating
Triadafilopoulos G
BMJ Open Gastro 2016; 3:e000110 doi:10.1136/bmjgast-2016-000110

Phase II study of neo-adjuvant chemotherapy for locally advanced gastric cancer
misc. Authors
BMJ Open Gastro 2016; 3:e000095 doi:10.1136/bmjgast-2016-000095

Assessment of health utilities and quality of life in patients with non-alcoholic fatty liver disease
misc. Authors
BMJ Open Gastro 2016; 3:e000106 doi:10.1136/bmjgast-2016-000106

March's Selection:

Statins, antidiabetic medications and liver histology in patients with diabetes with non-alcoholic fatty liver disease
misc. Authors
BMJ Open Gastro 2016; 3:e000075 doi:10.1136/bmjgast-2015-000075

Reliability and validity of the Chronic Liver Disease Questionnaire (CLDQ) in adults with non-alcoholic steatohepatitis (NASH)
misc. Authors
BMJ Open Gastro 2016; 3:e000069 doi:10.1136/bmjgast-2015-000069

Tolerability and effectiveness of sofosbuvir and simeprevir in the post-transplant setting: systematic review and meta-analysis
misc. Authors
BMJ Open Gastro 2016; 3:e000066 doi:10.1136/bmjgast-2015-000066

January's Selection:

Prevalence of hepatitis B seromarkers and hepatitis C antibodies in blood donors in Basra, Iraq
Al-Rubaye A, Tariq Z, Alrubaiy L
BMJ Open Gastro 2016; 2:e000067 doi:10.1136/bmjgast-2015-000067

Tolerability and effectiveness of sofosbuvir and simeprevir in the post-transplant setting: systematic review and meta-analysis
misc. Authors
BMJ Open Gastro 2016; 2:e000066 doi:10.1136/bmjgast-2015-000066

Vitamin D associates with improved quality of life in participants with irritable bowel syndrome: outcomes from a pilot trial
misc. Authors
BMJ Open Gastro 2015; 2:e000052 doi:10.1136/bmjgast-2015-000052

November's Selection:

Impact of preoperative serum albumin on 30-day mortality following surgery for colorectal cancer: a population-based cohort study
misc. Authors
BMJ Open Gastro 2015;2:e000047. doi:10.1136/bmjgast-2015-000047

Long-term follow-up and suboptimal treatment rates of treatment-eligible chronic hepatitis B patients in diverse practice settings: a gap in linkage to care
misc. Authors
BMJ Open Gastro 2015;2:e000060. doi:10.1136/bmjgast-2015-000060

Pulseless electrical activity arrest due to air embolism during endoscopic retrograde cholangiopancreatography: a case report and review of the literature
Mathew J, Parker C, Wang J
BMJ Open Gastro 2015;2:e000046. doi:10.1136/bmjgast-2015-000046

October's Selection:

Predictors of hepatic decompensation after TACE for hepatocellular carcinoma
misc. Authors
BMJ Open Gastro 2015;2:e000032. doi:10.1136/bmjgast-2015-000032

Venous thromboembolism and subsequent risk of cancer in patients with liver disease: a population-based cohort study
misc. Authors
BMJ Open Gastro 2015;2:e000043. doi:10.1136/bmjgast-2015-000043

BSG Annual Scientific Meeting, Liverpool, 20-23 June 2016


Dr Jayne Eaden, BSG Senior Secretary

BSG Secretary, Dr Jayne EadenThere's something for everyone at BSG 2016 in Liverpool from June 20th - 23rd. The conference begins with the postgraduate master class and includes updates in several areas of gastroenterology and hepatology, interactive sessions on how to manage your endoscopic complications (although of course you won't have many of these!) and there's a state of the art lecture on the basics and benefits of the microbiome. The trainees symposium ends the day with three great lectures from the military on gastroenterology in war zones.

The main conference including industry sponsored exhibition and lunchtime poster rounds runs from Tuesday through Thursday. Every section of the BSG has worked very hard to produce an exciting programme with state of the art lectures, basic and clinical science symposia and several sections have collaborated on innovative joint symposia. There are too many sessions to list and so rather than only mention a few (and offend those I miss) I would encourage you to check out the interactive programme for yourselves at www.bsg2016.org.uk. However, I cannot omit to let you know that Wednesday sees live endoscopy return to the conference and Thursday's highlights include the basic science translational master class on the gut neuroendocrine system. There are also breakfast, lunchtime and evening industry sponsored symposia.

For the first time the BSG will be presenting a lifetime achievement award at the plenary session on Tuesday morning. The identity of the worthy recipient will remain a secret until the day of presentation! There are also new prizes this year for the best abstracts in three separate categories which are sponsored by Gut, Frontline Gastroenterology and BMJ Open Gastroenterology in addition to all the usual oral abstract and poster prizes.

The conference is a great opportunity to catch with old friends and make new ones. For those Beatles fans we have the Cheatles who will be playing at the conference party on Tuesday evening. If you're a cyclist why not join like-minded friends and get on your bike to raise money for Core! Details can be found at www.gastro-cycle.co.uk

So, if you haven't already registered I would encourage you to do so - Taster members can attend all 4 days for only £60 in total - this includes on-site registration. I look forward to seeing you all there.

Capitalising on Conferences

  • Register early to take advantage of early bird rates
  • See if travel bursaries are available
  • Submit an abstract(s)
    • Prizes for best orals and posters
  • Try to attend for the whole conference
  • Check out the programme before the conference and pick out the must see presentations so you don't miss what you want to see
  • Download the app
    • Build your agenda
    • All abstracts are on the app at the BSG annual conference
    • Vote during interactive sessions
    • Tweet!
    • Email your notes
  • If you have an oral presentation - practise in front of colleagues beforehand (helps with tips for delivery & what questions you might get)
  • Quiz the judges when they're judging your posters to ask how to improve your research
  • Network with leaders in the field in which you're interested (they like it!)
  • Speak to experts about patient management
  • Ask around about upcoming job and research opportunities
  • Visit the industry exhibition
    • Without them the conference wouldn't exist!
    • Learn about new drugs
    • "Play" with endoscopy equipment
  • Get involved with charity events e.g. Gastrocycle
  • Go to the conference party
  • Enjoy yourself!
  • See if lectures & slides can be viewed post conference e.g. BSG TV

Oh, and wear comfy shoes!!

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Video: Choosing a career in Gastro?

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Please note: The membership payment year runs from 1st January through to 31st December each year, therefore at any part of the year you join you will pay £15.00 and will pay a further £15.00 the following January for a whole year.

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Meet Your Committee...

Name: Dr Louise China

Position: Chair

Representing: NE Thames

Grade: ST5 (OOPR)

Interests: Hepatology, Medical Education

I'm a Gastroenterology SpR currently undertaking a Hepatology research fellowship (3 years) and have just finished a year out as a clinical teaching fellow at UCL medical school. I chose Gastroenterology not only because of the variety, but also because of the people you get to work with - Gastroenterologists tend to be an intelligent, competitive and aspirational bunch who are good fun! The range of patients (age, condition & personality) and the practical side mean you'll never have a boring day at work. There's also many avenues other than clinical work you can explore within the specialty.

Ask Louise a Question:

Name: Dr Durayd Alzoubaidi

Position: Secretary

Representing: East of England

Grade: ST5

Interests: Upper GI and Hepatology

Ask Durayd a Question:

Name: Dr Laith Alrubaiy

Position: Former Chair

Representing: Wales

Grade: ST4

I am an academic clinical trainee in Gastroenterology from Wales. What I like about the specialty is the diversity of patients and their presentations. Gastroenterology combines both the theoretical aspect of medicine with the practical skills of endoscopy. You won't get bored doing Gastroenterology, as you will come across new challenging cases on daily bases. Anyone is welcome to join us, as there is always a need for young and enthusiastic gastroenterologists.

Ask Laith a Question:

Name: Dr Fergus JQ Chedgy

Representing: KSS

Grade: ST6 (Currently OOPR)

Interests: Advanced Endoscopy, Research, Barrett's Oesophagus

I am Gastroenterology registrar in the KSS region, currently taking time out to do research in Endoscopy. I have found Gastroenterology the perfect career choice as it offers a balance of both acute and chronic diseases, with the opportunity to develop practical skills in endoscopy. I don't think I could have chosen better!

Ask Fergus a Question:

Name: Dr Sujata Biswas

Representing: Oxford

Grade: ST6

Interests: Luminal gastroenterology with interest in endoscopy and IBD

I am a Gastro trainee and MRC clinical research training fellow in Oxford. I was drawn to Gastroenterology by the wide spectrum of disease and the diversity of the patient population. I like the contrast of acute emergencies with chronic illness management. It's certainly not a specialty you get bored in easily and there's of course plenty of scope for research. It won't disappoint!

Ask Sujata a Question:
Dr Sujata Biswas

Name: Dr Shivkumar Budihal

Representing: East Midlands

Grade: Speciality Registrar, ST6

Interests: Hepatobiliary Medicine and Advanced Endoscopy

Deanery: East Midlands South Deanery

Place of Work: University Hospitals Leicester

Ask Shivkumar a Question:

Name: Dr Charlotte Ford

Representing: S Thames

Grade: ST6

Interests: IBD, Medical education

Ask Charlotte a Question:

Name: Dr Max Hu

Representing: Northern

Grade: StR5

Interests:Endoscopy & Medical Education

Gastroenterology is an expanding specialty with a good variety of subspecialty interests for you to develop in the future. There is never a dull moment as the spectrum of clinical situations we encounter is arguably amongst the most challenging and exciting out there. I would highly recommend applying for Taster Membership to have a better grasp of what Gastroenterology and the BSG have to offer.

Ask Max a Question:
Dr Max Hu

Name: Dr Elaine Robertson

Representing: West of Scotland

Grade: ST5

Interests: General Gastroenterology with an interest in oesophageal disorders and IBD

I knew from early on that I wanted to do hospital medicine but wasn't sure about a specialty. One of the gastroenterology consultants that I worked with during my medical rotation was very enthusiastic. She encouraged me to come along to scope lists and supported my training in clinics and on the ward. A career in gastro was a natural progression. I definitely made the right decision. I really enjoy scoping and there's a good mix of clinical challenges from the patients with chronic illnesses like IBD to the acutely unwell patients with liver disease. I would highly recommend it!

Ask Elaine a Question:

Name: Dr Nidhi Sagar

Representing: West Midlands

Grade: Clinical Research Fellow in Gastroenterology (ST6)

Interests: Luminal gastroenterology, general hepatology and postgraduate medical education

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Dr Nidhi Sagar

Name: Dr Suranga Dharmasiri

Representing: Wessex

Grade: ST5 (OOPR)

Interests: IBD, Clinical and basic science research

Ask Suranga a Question:

I am a gastroenterology trainee in the Wessex region. I was attracted to gastroenterology early in my career as it offered the opportunity to work in several different settings and work closely with other specialities. My training has confirmed that this was a great choice for me. The procedural elements and clinics ensure that you don't get ward fatigue, while caring for patients on the ward means you keep those emergency situation where the adrenalin gets pumping. I have a speciality interest in IBD and I am engaged in both clinical and basic science research in this area. I look forward to speaking to any future potential gastroenterologists.

Name: Dr Steve Dixon

Representing: Severn & South-West Peninsula

Grade: ST6 (OOPR)

Interests: Endoscopy, Luminal Gastroenterology & Nutrition

Ask Steve a Question:

I am a gastroenterology registrar with a diverse range of interests. I'd be delighted to hear from anyone interested in the career.

Name: Dr John Eccles

Representing: Northern Ireland

Grade: St5

Interests: Endoscopy, Medical Education

Ask John a Question:

Name: Dr Kesavan Kandiah

Representing: NW Thames

Grade: St6 (Currently in OOPR)

Interests:Luminal gastroenterology with interest in advanced endoscopy

Ask Kesavan a Question:

I am a gastroenterology SpR in the NW Thames rotation, currently in OOPR in Queen Alexandra Hospital, Portsmouth. Finding a specialty that one would like to commit to for the rest of his/her life can be challenging. Gastroenterology was an easy choice for me. The case mix, the interdisciplinary team interaction and the technical skills required make this specialty a truly exciting one. I’m thoroughly enjoying my career in gastroenterology and am certain that i will continue to do so in the many years to come!

Name: Dr Liam Morris

Representing: North West

Grade: ST4

Interests: Medical education, Endoscopy

Ask Liam a Question:

I am an ST4 in the North West of England currently working in Blackpool. The diversity within gastroenterology is what drove me to the speciality. I find that the mix of practical skills and complex clinical situations keep the speciality interesting and challenging. It is also an evolving field with high quality research leading to regular changes in clinical practice. There is always more to learn!

Name: Dr Sinan Al-Rubaye

Representing: Mersey



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Name: Dr Hasan Haboubi

Representing: Wales

Grade: ST5

Interests: Oesophagology, Digestive Oncology

Ask Hasan a Question:

I'm an academic gastroenterology trainee in the Wales Deanery and have been completing a PhD in Swansea University. I'm passionate about medical education and tackling trainee issues.

Name: Dr Laura Kitto

Representing: East Scotland

Grade: St4

Interests: Hepatology, Research

Ask Laura a Question:

I'm currently working as a Clinical Lecturer in South East Scotland. Gastroenterology is a fascinating and varied specialty with a huge range of pathology, a great mix of acute and chronic conditions, exciting practical skills and lots of opportunities for research. I've thoroughly enjoyed my first year of training and would highly recommend the specialty.

Name: Dr Ellie Taylor

Representing: Yorkshire & Humber



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Name: Dr Michael Hewitt

Representing: CT2

Grade: CT2

Interests: Endoscopy, Hepatology

I am currently a core medical trainee with a strong interest in gastroenterology, having completed a BSc and two clinical posts in the specialty. The combination of practical skills with a diverse range of pathology and patient demographics makes it a very appealing career choice that I am looking to pursue.

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Name: Dr Giovanna Sheiybani

Representing: CT1

Grade: CT1

Interests: Endoscopy/Hepatology and Medical Education

I am currently a Trust Grade in Stroke medicine and I am due to start Core Medical Training in the Peninsula Deanery. My enthusiasm to pursue Gastroenterology in the future stems from working with very enthusiastic and practical Consultants from my Foundation Years. My aim is to specialise in Endoscopy or Hepatology.
Being involved in various projects in Gastroenterology and presenting at the BSG conferences, I have been able to thrust myself into the challenges of the practical and academic aspects of this field. Working in this field is immensely rewarding, even as a junior, and the variety of endoscopy, outpatient and inpatient work is what interests me. I have a great interest in medical education and I am currently developing an undergraduate course in using drama to demonstrate the patient narrative and to use these skills to improve history-taking.

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