Nominations for BSG Trainees Committee Representatives
Charlotte Rutter - Chair, BSG Trainees Section
The Trainee Section are looking for two dynamic additions to our team from our Taster Membership. Successful candidates will represent the voice of junior aspiring Gastroenterologists at Trainee Section meetings, play an active part in the many popular events we organise and help shape and improve Gastroenterology training in the UK.
We expect to recruit one Taster Committee Member each from a junior and senior core training grade starting in August 2015. Details and the nomination form can be found below. Nominations will open on 5th May and close on 22nd May 2015.
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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 …….
Hepatology at a Glance
Launching later this year: Hepatology at a Glance
The BSG Education Committee is very pleased to announce that a project that has been in the works since the summer of 2012 is soon going to be released to the wider world: the BSG Education Committee and BSG Trainees' collaboration with Wiley-Blackwell. The opportunity to select authors and editors for the first hepatology edition in this respected series was one the Committee was happy to accept. We hope you will feel the book is a helpful addition to your ongoing medical education!
Hepatology at a Glance
In 2012, the BSG announced that they were looking for 2 trainees to co-author the new publication, Hepatology at a Glance. This was an exciting opportunity which was both unusual and rare: to author a major publication aimed at junior doctors and medical students. After completing an online application form highlighting our interest in education and hepatology, Geri and I were successful in our applications. The chapters were divided evenly and then the writing began. Writing in the 'At a Glance' style was a great experience as not only did we have to compose the text but also design and, in some chapters, draw the actual illustrations ourselves.
Geri and I feel very lucky to have been selected and given the opportunity to write the first edition of 'Hepatology at a Glance'. Great credit has to be given both to Wiley publications and to the BSG for devising this unique opportunity for trainees and completely entrusting us with the design and production of this publication.
D Joshi Biography
I have recently been appointed as a consultant hepatologist at King’s College Hospital, London. I trained in the South East Thames Deanery, where I developed my interest in hepatology, particularly in viral hepatitis. Post CCT, I undertook an advanced ERCP fellowship at UCLH, London.
I am a gastroenterology SPR in the North East Thames region, currently out of programme while undertaking a PhD at the UCL Institute of Liver and Digestive Health, exploring novel diagnostic and therapeutic strategies for the management of cystic tumours of the pancreas.
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