Welcome to the BSG Taster Membership Microsite!
The BSG has re-launched its Taster Membership scheme to promote Gastroenterology to aspiring medical students and all junior trainees pre-ST3. We are looking to attract students, foundation doctors and Core medical trainees who show enthusiasm for gastroenterology by participation in audit, research SSU's or other gastroenterology related projects. Benefits of this scheme include access to a tailored microsite on the BSG website, with educational content, political commentary and an informal mentoring scheme (supported by the BSG Trainee section). Substantially reduced conference rates are available for BSG scientific meetings and submission of abstracts to the BSG scientific meeting is actively encouraged. To apply, students foundation doctors and CMTs should complete and down load the simple membership application and direct debit form, available on the open BSG homepage. Cost is minimal (£15pa). The support of a BSG member is needed to join the Society and their BSG membership number and contact email should be entered on the application form to act as authentication for the application.
Download and complete the application form and return with the direct debit mandate to the BSG offices. You will need the email and BSG membership number of the Consultant sponsoring your application (this could be a gastroenterologist who is your educational/clinical supervisor or a supervising gastroenterologist for your clinical attachment, SSU or foundation post).
Once the BSG receive this they will email you and your sponsor to confirm receipt of your application. You will then be contacted to make your first payment of £15 (after the first payment all future payments will be taken by yearly direct debit).
Download the Proposal for Taster Membership application form:
Autumn Update 2013
Dr Cathryn Edwards, BSG Senior Secretary
With the new academic year starting all things educational have been taking precedence at the BSG. First congratulations to the BSG Trainee Section (@BSGTrainees) for organising such an impressive education weekend; great content starting with the ever entertaining Phil Hammond talking on doctors in the media: food for 'political' thought and certainly a career option most of us don't consider! Saturday morning highlights were an excellent session on infectious GI disease and neuroendocrine tumours.
The Annual Conference at Glasgow (June 2013) received some good feedback although the lack of hotel rooms due to the Robbie Williams' Concert did give rise to some difficulties for attendees!
On a more serious note there were a high number of research abstract submissions with approximately 600 selected for poster presentation. The poster rounds were very busy and productive and a good opportunity for discussion and debate. We actively encourage all of you to think about submitting research for next year's meeting in Manchester (watch out for the 'call for abstracts' later this year).
This year BSG Council has approved an extension to the Student /FY doctors' membership to include all medical students and Trainee doctors up to ST3. We are going to rename this 'Taster Membership' to cover all 3 groups of trainees, from student to CT2. I am delighted therefore that core medical trainees trying to decide on their career path will be able to sample membership of our professional society and benefit from the selected journal articles and competitive conference rates we offer. The Trainee Section (of which you are members) is keen to support and help you as you think about a career in gastroenterology/hepatology, which has diverse attractions from diagnostic and therapeutic endoscopy, chronic disease management, (liver and luminal) emergency medicine (bleeding), oncology and a multitude of other subspecialties. Wide opportunities for research also exist; check out the CORE website for more information.