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.
Impact of preoperative serum albumin on 30-day mortality following surgery for colorectal cancer: a population-based cohort study
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
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
Predictors of hepatic decompensation after TACE for hepatocellular carcinoma
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
BMJ Open Gastro 2015;2:e000043. doi:10.1136/bmjgast-2015-000043
Core Research Essay Prize 2016
Core is offering a £1,000 award for the best essay based on gastroenterology or hepatology research undertaken by a clinical or basic science researcher during their MD or PhD. The work must be the subject of at least one abstract submitted for presentation at the 2016 British Society of Gastroenterology Annual Meeting in Liverpool. Further information and the application form are available to download. The closing date is 4 March 2016.
Dr Falk Pharma UK/Core Awards 2016
The Dr Falk/Core awards recognise those who bring new knowledge and insight to the field of gastroenterology and hepatology. For those committed to furthering research or patient care, the 2016 awards are an opportunity to achieve national recognition as well as the financial support to take your career further.
This year's prizes consist of the following:
- A £1000 prize for the best essay on gastroenterology research personally undertaken by medical students who were on an intercalated BSc/MRes/MSc/MPH/MBPhD* course during the previous academic year (2014/2015) - download the application
- Four £1500 bursaries for medical students taking full-time science degrees (BSc/MRes/MSc/MPH/MBPhD*) focusing on gastrointestinal or liver-related disease in the current academic year (2015/2016) - download the application
- Two £2500 bursaries to support research for F1/F2 doctors who are undertaking research in an area relevant to gastroenterology - download the application
- A £1,000 award for primary and secondary care nurses for initiatives that have advanced patient care - download the application.
*PhD students should note that they may apply for a bursary only once during their three-year studentship and that they may apply for the essay prize when their PhD has been completed.
The application deadline is 17:00 on Friday 4 March 2016. Applications received after this time will not be considered.
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.
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 go to the members area and complete the online application form. Cost is minimal (£15pa). The support of a BSG member is needed to join the Society and their BSG membership number should be included on 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). After your first payment of £15 all future payments will be taken by direct debit.