Taster Membership

Supporting Gastroenterology Trainees in Careers in Research and Academia

This one-day workshop, organised by the BSG Research Committee, is aimed at gastroenterology and hepatology trainees. It aims to inspire them to develop their own national research network by building an understanding of what is involved in research and confidence in undertaking it.

If you're at CT2 level or beyond, or know someone who is and could be interested, please come along! The workshop is also for new academic trainees and late developing clinical researchers, so don't be shy.

Reserve your place now by sending a cheque for £50 made out to BSG (address it to BSG Research, 3 St Andrews Place, London NW1 4LB). Include a covering note stating your full name and contact details and specifying that it's to reserve a place on the Research Workshop in Birmingham. Cheques will be cashed for those delegates who do not attend (and haven't cancelled a week in advance); delegates who attend will be given their cheques back on the day.

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Gastroenterology Film Festival @ BSG 2017

Tuesday 20th June 2017

A Call for Film Festival Submissions

The deadline for film festival submissions is 1st May 2017

We are proud to announce that we will be hosting the first ever Gastroenterology Film Festival at next year’s BSG meeting.

We would like to invite all medical students, trainees, clinical fellows and consultants to collaborate and submit short educational films on any gastroenterology/hepatology related topic and take part in this exciting project.

A prize will be awarded for the best film as judged by our panel of experts as well as for the most educationally entertaining submission!

The winning films shall be awarded and showcased at the BSG trainees symposium on 20th June 2017. Suitable film submissions will be archived on our website to benefit the ongoing education of gastroenterologists in the UK and worldwide.

Please register your interest at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it and visit our website www.gastrofoamed.com

Please share this announcement with your colleagues. We sincerely look forward to seeing you in the audience and on the stage in June.

Happy Vlogging!

Louise China
BSG Trainee Section Chair

The Core-Dr Falk Pharma UK Awards 2017

To celebrate 10 years of collaboration, promoting research and investing in young researchers, Core and Dr Falk are pleased to announce the 2017 awards. In addition to the awards below, a new award for specialist gastroenterology/hepatology registrars will be announced early in 2017.

The Core - Dr Falk awards recognise the achievements of those who bring new knowledge and insight to the field of gastroenterology and hepatology. For those committed to furthering research or patient care, these awards provide an opportunity to achieve national recognition as well as the financial support for career progression.

Awards include:

  • A £1,000 prize for the best essay on gastroenterology or hepatology research personally undertaken by medical students who were on an intercalated BSc/MRes/MBPhD/MSc/MPH course during the previous academic year (2015/16)
  • Four £1,500 prizes for medical students taking full-time science degrees (BSc/MRes/MBPhD/MSc/MPH) focusing on gastrointestinal or liver-related disease in the current academic year (2016/17)
  • Two £2,500 awards for F1/F2 doctors to facilitate prospective research in an area relevant to gastroenterology or hepatology
  • A £1,000 award for primary and secondary care gastrointestinal / liver nurses for initiatives that have advanced patient care.

The application deadline is 5.00pm on Friday 3rd March 2017. Applications received after this time will not be considered.

For further information and to apply:

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 Louise China

Position: 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.

Ask Louise a Question:
louise.china@ucl.ac.uk


Name: Dr Durayd Alzoubaidi

Position: Secretary

Representing: East of England

Grade: ST5

Interests: Upper GI and Hepatology

Ask Durayd a Question:
d.alzoubaidi@nhs.net


Name: Dr Laith Alrubaiy

Position: Former Chair

Representing: Wales

Grade: ST4

I am an academic clinical trainee in Gastroenterology from Wales. What I like about the specialty is the diversity of patients and their presentations. Gastroenterology combines both the theoretical aspect of medicine with the practical skills of endoscopy. You won't get bored doing Gastroenterology, as you will come across new challenging cases on daily bases. Anyone is welcome to join us, as there is always a need for young and enthusiastic gastroenterologists.

Ask Laith a Question:
laithalrubaiy@gmail.com


Name: Dr Fergus JQ Chedgy

Representing: KSS

Grade: ST6 (Currently OOPR)

Interests: Advanced Endoscopy, Research, Barrett's Oesophagus

I am Gastroenterology registrar in the KSS region, currently taking time out to do research in Endoscopy. I have found Gastroenterology the perfect career choice as it offers a balance of both acute and chronic diseases, with the opportunity to develop practical skills in endoscopy. I don't think I could have chosen better!

Ask Fergus a Question:
ferguschedgy@yahoo.co.uk


Name: Dr Sujata Biswas

Representing: Oxford

Grade: ST6

Interests: Luminal gastroenterology with interest in endoscopy and IBD

I am a Gastro trainee and MRC clinical research training fellow in Oxford. I was drawn to Gastroenterology by the wide spectrum of disease and the diversity of the patient population. I like the contrast of acute emergencies with chronic illness management. It's certainly not a specialty you get bored in easily and there's of course plenty of scope for research. It won't disappoint!

Ask Sujata a Question:
Dr Sujata Biswas


Name: Dr Shivkumar Budihal

Representing: East Midlands

Grade: Speciality Registrar, ST6

Interests: Hepatobiliary Medicine and Advanced Endoscopy

Deanery: East Midlands South Deanery

Place of Work: University Hospitals Leicester

Ask Shivkumar a Question:
shivbudihal@gmail.com


Name: Dr Charlotte Ford

Representing: S Thames

Grade: ST6

Interests: IBD, Medical education

Ask Charlotte a Question:
lottieford77@hotmail.com


Name: Dr Max Hu

Representing: Northern

Grade: StR5

Interests:Endoscopy & Medical Education

Gastroenterology is an expanding specialty with a good variety of subspecialty interests for you to develop in the future. There is never a dull moment as the spectrum of clinical situations we encounter is arguably amongst the most challenging and exciting out there. I would highly recommend applying for Taster Membership to have a better grasp of what Gastroenterology and the BSG have to offer.

Ask Max a Question:
Dr Max Hu


Name: Dr Elaine Robertson

Representing: West of Scotland

Grade: ST5

Interests: General Gastroenterology with an interest in oesophageal disorders and IBD

I knew from early on that I wanted to do hospital medicine but wasn't sure about a specialty. One of the gastroenterology consultants that I worked with during my medical rotation was very enthusiastic. She encouraged me to come along to scope lists and supported my training in clinics and on the ward. A career in gastro was a natural progression. I definitely made the right decision. I really enjoy scoping and there's a good mix of clinical challenges from the patients with chronic illnesses like IBD to the acutely unwell patients with liver disease. I would highly recommend it!

Ask Elaine a Question:
elainevrobertson@gmail.com


Name: Dr Nidhi Sagar

Representing: West Midlands

Grade: Clinical Research Fellow in Gastroenterology (ST6)

Interests: Luminal gastroenterology, general hepatology and postgraduate medical education

Ask Nidhi a Question:
Dr Nidhi Sagar


Name: Dr Suranga Dharmasiri

Representing: Wessex

Grade: ST5 (OOPR)

Interests: IBD, Clinical and basic science research

Ask Suranga a Question:
surangadharmasiri@gmail.com

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: Endoscopy, Luminal Gastroenterology & Nutrition

Ask Steve a Question:
stevewdixon@doctors.org.uk

I am a gastroenterology registrar with a diverse range of interests. I'd be delighted to hear from anyone interested in the career.


Name: Dr John Eccles

Representing: Northern Ireland

Grade: St5

Interests: Endoscopy, Medical Education

Ask John a Question:
johnkeccles@hotmail.co.uk


Name: Dr Kesavan Kandiah

Representing: NW Thames

Grade: St6 (Currently in OOPR)

Interests:Luminal gastroenterology with interest in advanced endoscopy

Ask Kesavan a Question:
kesavankandiah@gmail.com

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 Liam Morris

Representing: North West

Grade: ST4

Interests: Medical education, Endoscopy

Ask Liam a Question:
ldmorris@doctors.org.uk

I am an ST4 in the North West of England currently working in Blackpool. The diversity within gastroenterology is what drove me to the speciality. I find that the mix of practical skills and complex clinical situations keep the speciality interesting and challenging. It is also an evolving field with high quality research leading to regular changes in clinical practice. There is always more to learn!


Name: Dr Sinan Al-Rubaye

Representing: Mersey

Grade:

Interests:

Ask Sinan a Question:
Sinanayub@gmail.com

 


Name: Dr Hasan Haboubi

Representing: Wales

Grade: ST5

Interests: Oesophagology, Digestive Oncology

Ask Hasan a Question:
hasanhaboubi@doctors.org.uk

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:
laura.kitto@gmail.com

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 Ellie Taylor

Representing: Yorkshire & Humber

Grade:

Interests:

Ask Ellie a Question:
eleanorlunn@hotmail.co.uk

 


Name: Dr Michael Hewitt

Representing: CT2

Grade: CT2

Interests: Endoscopy, Hepatology

I am currently a core medical trainee with a strong interest in gastroenterology, having completed a BSc and two clinical posts in the specialty. The combination of practical skills with a diverse range of pathology and patient demographics makes it a very appealing career choice that I am looking to pursue.

Ask Michael a Question:
drmichaeljhewitt@gmail.com


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.

Ask Giovanna a Question:
giovanna.sheiybani@nhs.net