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BSG National Introduction to Gastroenterology 2017

20th November 2017 - Royal College of Physicians

The BSG is holding its third introductory day for newcomers into higher specialist training. Our main aim is to welcome you to our great specialty but particularly to encourage you to look into the future not so much as the training programme ahead of you but beyond that into a career in gastroenterology.

We feel that many trainees focus on their training years that lie ahead and so don't take a long view about training as a pathway to prepare them for their eventual career as a specialist.

The morning comprises a series of introductory talks from senior gastroenterologists who have wide experience of training. In the afternoon there will be a series of 'Musical Tables', which will commence after lunch and continue after tea. Between 8-12 trainees will rotate around separate tables which will be hosted by a gastroenterologist and a trainee where a series of relevant topics will be presented and discussed in a more informal manner.

The BSG Training Committee, the BSG Trainees' Section and your regional Training Programme Director all support this very important day and strongly encourage you to come along. It may very well be that the consultants where you are working are aware that you won't be in the hospital that day but we do advise you to check this and book your study leave for the day. There is no attendance fee, lunch and refreshments are provided and the BSG will reimburse travel expenses (of journeys over 100 miles) for BSG members or those who make a commitment to become a member (but you must please take advantage of any advanced booking discounts if using the railway). Expenses claim forms MUST be returned to the BSG office by 1st December.

Please contact Christopher O'Shea ( This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it ) to reserve your place.

Congratulations to the 2017 Dr Falk-Core Winners!

We are pleased to announce the new winners of the Dr Falk-Core prizes this year. Here are some of the winners accepting their award at the BSG Annual Meeting in Manchester.

Left to right: Professor Chris Hawkey (Core chairperson), Dr Riadh Jazrawi (Dr Falk Medical Director), Maja Kopczynska (Medical Student Prize), William Collier (Medical Student Prize), Kim Jones (Medical Nurse Recognition Prize), Dahlia Hopmeier (Research Grant), Haarith Ndiaye (Medical Student Prize), Laura Heath (Research Grant) and Professor Martin Lombard (BSG president).

Click below to find out more about the winners and their research!

Nomination Call for Core Trainee Representative on Trainee Section Committee 2017-2019

The BSG Trainees Section is looking to recruit a core trainee with an interest in gastroenterology to sit as a representative on the committee. Applicants for this two year position should be a CT1 or equivalent starting in August 2017.

What does the BSG Trainees Section Committee do?

The British Society of Gastroenterology is the representative body for all UK gastroenterologists. A number of sub-committees exist within the BSG all involved in the promotion and development of individual areas within the discipline.

The BSG Trainee Section is a group of gastroenterology trainees who work together to help shape, develop and promote gastroenterology training for current and future trainees.

What does the role of core trainee representative entail?

As a member on the Trainees Section you will play an active part in meetings and educational events. Your allotted activities will revolve around agenda items raised during the four annual BSG meetings.

In years gone by previous Taster Committee members have been involved in:

  • Auditing feedback data from the BSG Taster Course
  • Reviewing content for a new ST3 induction booklet
  • Creating a medical students guide to gastroenterology
  • Refreshing content on the BSG Taster Membership website
  • Facilitating the BSG Taster Course
  • Promoting educational events to peers.

What commitments do I have to make?

There are four meetings each academic year where the committee meet to discuss current issues within the section.

These meetings are held at the BSG headquarters in London, typically on a Wednesday afternoon, with the meetings lasting between 2-3 hours.

Between meetings you will have agenda items that need actioning and you may also be asked to promote or assist in educational events.

How do I apply?

All nominated trainees must hold BSG Taster Membership (click here for information on how to apply) and be starting a CT1 or equivalent post in August 2017.

There will be two positions, with positions being held for 2 years starting from August 2017.

Nominations will open on Thursday 25th May 2017 and close at 23:59 hours on Friday 16th June 2017.

You are requested to provide a short statement (250 words max) explaining why you aspire to be on the committee and how you can contribute based on your skill set and experience.

Please also include a supporting letter from either a Consultant Gastroenterologist you have worked with or a gastroenterology ST3+ trainee.

Nomination forms can be found below. These are to be emailed to Christopher O'Shea at the BSG office: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Statements will be reviewed by the Trainee Section and successful candidates notified directly by email.


If you wish to enquire further about the role please contact current core trainee representatives Nasar Aslam ( This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it ) and Giovanna Sheiybani ( This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it )

  Download nomination form


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

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Meet Your Committee...

Name: Dr Liam Morris

Position: Chair

Representing: North West

Grade: ST6

Interests: Medical Education, Medical Leadership, Endoscopy

Ask Liam a Question:

Gastroenterology is a very diverse speciality with a wide range of possible career pathways available. This diversity is what first attracted me to the speciality and my career aspirations have changed a lot in my 3 years of training so far. It is a field of medicine which is always changing due to advances in research, ensuring that you will never stop learning.

Name: Dr Ellie Taylor

Position: Secretary

Representing: Yorkshire & Humber



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Name: Dr Louise China

Position: Former 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.

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Name: Dr Suranga Dharmasiri

Position: Treasurer

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: All aspects of luminal gastroenterology, nutrition, endoscopy and gastrointestinal cancer

Ask Steve a Question:

I've been a gastroenterology trainee for five years and have developed an interest in all things gut-related. More recently I have become a clinical research fellow and am enjoying the challenges of gastrointestinal research. Always happy to take questions from people interested in this terrific discipline and the wonderful West of England.

Name: Dr Kesavan Kandiah

Representing: NW Thames

Grade: St7

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 Sinan Al-Rubaye

Representing: Mersey



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Name: Dr Hasan Haboubi

Representing: Wales

Grade: ST5

Interests: Oesophagology, Digestive Oncology

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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 Jennifer Clough

Representing: South Thames



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Name: Dr Philip Harvey

Representing: West Midlands

Grade: OOPR

Interests: Medical leadership, Healthcare Informatics, Luminal gastroenterology and Endoscopy/ERCP

Ask Philip a Question:

I'm currently doing an MD looking at endoscopy outcomes using large scale national databases. I chose gastro because it offers huge variety, practical skills, and working in a multi-skilled team. There is also nothing more rewarding than seeing that CBD stone come through the ampulla! I also believe good quality clinical leadership helps both patients and Doctors. Given the growth of IT infrastructure in healthcare, methodologically robust "big data" is the way to inform those leaders.

Name: Dr Rebecca Dunn

Representing: Northern

Grade: St5

Interests: Hepatology, Medical Education

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Name: Dr John McGoran

Representing: Northern Ireland

Grade: ST5

Interests: Teaching and training, oesophageal medicine, EUS

Ask John a Question:

I currently work and train in Northern Ireland, where I have got to know my fellow trainees extremely well and link regularly with colleagues south of the border. I chose gastroenterology as a specialty because of the variety, the practical nature of the work and most importantly the partnerships we form with our patients to co-manage many conditions. It's great fun and has a bright future. I'm very eager to hear from any budding gastroenterologists about any questions, issues or suggestions you might have.

Name: Dr Sharmila Subramaniam

Representing: NE Thames



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Name: Dr Emily Tucker

Representing: East Midlands



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Name: Dr Jennifer Veryan

Representing: West of Scotland

Grade: St5

Interests: IBD, medical education

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Name: Dr Michael Fitzpatrick

Representing: Oxford

Grade: ST6 (OOPR)

Interests: Coeliac disease, IBD, Nutrition

Ask Michael a Question:

I am a gastroenterology registrar currently out of programme in research, studying intestinal T cell responses in coeliac disease for a DPhil at the University of Oxford. I joined the BSG committee in 2017 and I also represent Thames Valley trainees at the Royal College of Physicians. Gastroenterology is a great career; it is a busy and challenging specialty, with great opportunities in research, teaching and service development, and most importantly we have a lot of fun doing the job!

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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