Summer Update - June 2015
It's that time of year again when the Senior Secretary role at the BSG becomes entirely focussed on the Annual Meeting. As you will all know by now it's the DDF (a federated 5 partner society meeting) with additional integrated sessions which adds a great sense of medical and surgical interaction to the occasion.
I do hope some of you will have chance to attend, particularly the Monday Postgraduate day which culminates in a great session on the media: Making the News. Whatever day you attend, please do come and find us on the DDF stand and introduce yourself to any of the BSG Executive team.
I will be there on all four days and will not be missing the Trainee hosted conference party at the Aquarium on Tuesday 23rd June.
On the Wednesday we will be hosting with our colleagues at Habe Consulting, taster sessions for female trainees and consultants interested in being involved in a Pilot mentoring scheme run by the BSG network 'Supporting Women in Gastroenterology' (SWiG) . Come along if you are interested. The network is open to all (men and women).
Next year Jayne Eaden takes on the Senior Secretary role and we welcome a new colleague, Nick Thompson, into the Secretary post.
Watch this space, email us, or follow us on Twitter for updates during the DDF conference (#DDF2015)
Hepatology at a Glance - Now published
The BSG Education Committee is very pleased to announce that a project that has been in the works since the summer of 2012, "Hepatology at a Glance", has now been published. The BSG Education Committee and BSG Trainees' collaboration with Wiley-Blackwell resulted in the first hepatology edition in this respected series. The opportunity to select authors and editors for the book was one the Committee was happy to accept. We hope you will feel the book is a helpful addition to your ongoing medical education.
Display copies will be available on the BSG stand at DDF and will be available to buy from the Wisepress stand or online.
Why did I choose gastroenterology and why would I recommend it?
Dr Philip J Smith, SpR in gastroenterology, London (ST4)
Gastroenterology is one of the most diverse and exciting specialties available to the budding physician who not only relishes the prospect of looking after acutely sick and chronically unwell patients, but also enjoys the challenge of carrying out technical procedures that are sometimes very demanding.
Some specialists deal with a single organ but gastroenterologists manage patients with disorders of the liver, intestines, stomach, oesophagus, pancreas and gallbladder – in short, this is a specialty that is too varied to let you become bored! Having said that, there is 'scope' to become highly specialised in an area of gastroenterology that appeals to you. Either way, you will find that every day is different and dynamic, and this will keep you on your toes.
Gastroenterology has grown faster than any other major specialty, and ongoing scientific and technological developments in this field mean that you are always acquiring new skills and extending your knowledge.
To be a gastroenterologist, you need to: be adaptable and deal with rapidly changing situations; be energetic and enthusiastic (as well as resilient) to cope with life and death situations; be interested in managing patients with both serious and complex chronic diseases and, most importantly, be a team player.
More than any other specialty, gastroenterologists are constantly interacting with other healthcare professionals as part of multidisciplinary teams – from surgeons, to histopathologists, oncologists, dieticians, nurse endoscopists, radiologists and many more. In short, if all of the above excites you, as it did with me, then gastroenterology is the specialty for you.
Easter Greetings and Meetings! – The CSG meets the BSG
Chinese Society of Gastroenterology and British Society of Gastroenterology meet at the Royal College of Physicians March 27th 2015
One of the great benefits of being a member of a professional society is the networking opportunities which it facilitates. It was very exciting therefore to meet a delegation from the Chinese Society of Gastroenterology, all from different medical centres and universities in the Peoples' Republic of China. Various topics were discussed in an 'East meets West' meeting and this helped confirm the commonality of our specialty interests, but highlighted the different challenges and approaches taken by each nation.
I had the privilege of chairing the IBD session and learnt that the Chinese were keen on treating Hepatitis B actively in the context of patients suffering with acute severe colitis. They believed this conferred a beneficial effect on the resolution of the colitis. This non-evidenced based practice was a real insight into the approaches taken in a major Chinese centre and reinforced my belief that much of what we do as doctors as 'standard practice' is often 'inherited' and 'historical' and not always based in science. Is medicine an art still in our highly technical and molecular world?
It seems so when listening to the Chinese Society President's talk on the 'Microbiome in Medicine'. Dr Ailsa Hart (St Mark's) had already given a fantastic summary lecture on the current thinking about faecal transplantation, when the CSG President reported on the use of the 'Golden Soup' by ancient Chinese Physicians to treat infection. The soup referred to was made using animal faeces filtered through bamboo and dried into powder for medicinal purposes (with a few other ingredients thrown in). Not only is medicine still an art but a cyclical one at that...
Want to hear more about faecal transplantation? Dr Hart is speaking in the Microbiome Translational Science Masterclass on Thursday morning 25th June at DDF 2015
BSG Taster Membership Site Update, January 2015
The new membership year starts for the BSG in January. Hot on the heels of the success of the Taster Course run at UCL by the BSG Trainee Section we are keen to retain and sustain the interest in Taster Membership. For those of you not able to attend the course in December you may want to get a flavour of the day and of our specialty with the Benefits of Taster Membership video. If you are just about to take up your specialist training in gastroenterology don't forget that you will be eligible to assume full Trainee Membership of the BSG and may want to plan to attend the specific training conferences supported by the BSG Trainees, one of the most vibrant sections of our Society.
I would like to encourage you to consider participating in this year's Annual Scientific Meeting to be held at the Excel, London in June. The first day of the conference is a dedicated post graduate day on all aspects of GI and Liver cancer, from aetiology, to diagnosis and management. It's a fantastic way to immerse yourself in the specialty, augment your knowledge and have fun all at the same time! There is a special flat rate for Taster Members which represents fantastic value and allows you to attend just one or all four days. This year the conference is not just the BSG meeting but a federated congress between surgical, medical nutrition and hepatology societies and the whole programme has a multidisciplinary feel. Visit the dedicated website here.
If you are involved with your medical school, hospital's medical or surgical gastroenterology units, nutrition or endoscopy services, consider submitting your research (laboratory or clinical) to this meeting. Abstract submission is open and closes on February 27th 2015. The opportunity to present your work on moderated poster rounds or during a free paper session as an oral presentation is a useful addition to your CV!
Looking beyond DDF, keep an eye on this site for continued postings of key articles form GUT and Frontline Gastroenterology and a new top tips feature on key aspects on your professional careers before Specialist Training.
We are always happy to hear from you directly or via the Trainee Section's "ask a question facility." Don't hesitate – think about submitting an abstract – you know you could do it …….
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