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:
BSG Annual Scientific Meeting, Manchester, 16-19 June 2014
Early Bird Registration ends 28 March. Attendance cost for BSG Taster member (includes student): £60
Dr Cathryn Edwards, BSG Senior Secretary writes...
The new venue of Manchester Central presents an exciting opportunity to enjoy our Society's Annual Meeting in the vibrant northern city of Manchester. Easily accessed by rail and air, this location offers good links with Scotland, Northern Ireland and the North of England, London and the South East and even the far flung corners of South West England and Wales.
In the words of George Orwell in The Road to Wigan Pier: 'Manchester… the belly and guts of the Nation!'
The venue now called Manchester Central was originally Manchester Central railway station, one of the city's main railway terminals. It was built between 1875 and 1880 but was eventually closed to passengers in 1969. The station's large arched roof – a huge wrought-iron single-span arched roof, spanning 210 feet – was a noted piece of railway engineering and was the widest unsupported iron arch in Britain, after the Barlow train shed at London St Pancras.
The building was renovated at a cost of £30 million in 2008 by Manchester-based architects Stephenson Bell. The first phase, to create a foyer, took from February to November 2008. The second phase, completed in 2009, included an extended foyer to the iconic Grade ll listed Central Hall. It is here that we will hold the Conference Exhibition, poster viewing and the daily Moderated Poster Rounds, central to the BSG meeting. It's also the focal meeting place in the venue for coffee, tea and lunch, which will be provided for the first time as part of the unchanged conference fee. I hope this will be a convivial aspect of this year's meeting and allow us all to meet, learn and lunch together!
This year's programme has benefited as in previous years from the contributions from all Sections of the BSG, and promotes original research, education and clinical updates. I have greatly appreciated the flexibility and enthusiasm of the Programme Committee in designing and delivering innovative content in addition to the allied Conference Events.
GastroCycle, designed by Phil Smith and the Trainee Committee in collaboration with our sister charity Core, offers enthusiasts and novice riders the chance to get that 'Tour de France' feel ahead of the Gastroenterology Masterclass on Monday 16th June. Again led by our Trainee Section the Conference Party on Tuesday night (from 9pm) is a chance to meet and relax after the first full day of the Scientific Meeting, which commences with 'free paper' oral presentations for all Sections. There is a continuity of Section interests throughout the meeting, including strong Screening Programme sessions (BCSP and Endoscopy), hepatology for the expert and the generalist and focussed updates on IBD care and treatment.
The CONSTRUCT trial presents its results for the first time on Tuesday afternoon and 'Obesity in the Young Adult' looms large on Wednesday! Sessions on functional disease benefit from a State-of-the-Art lecture by Prof Mike Camilleri from the Mayo Clinic and our newly formed section (Colorectal) jointly delivers with Endoscopy an excellent programme on early colorectal cancer. There are breakout sessions and workshops (alcohol, endoscopy in low income settings, IBD National Registry to mention but a few) and, for the Scientist and Clinician Scientist alike, a whole day Translational Science Masterclass focused on mechanisms of inflammation.
Pathology, pancreas and neuroendocrine tumours make a heady mix for Thursday and key clinical updates in upper GI oncology are covered in combined sessions from the Pancreatic, Gastroduodenal and Oesophageal Sections. This list is by no means exhaustive; go to www.bsg2014.org.uk to browse the programme content in detail.
By no means least is the development of a Nurse Education Programme in association with GIN, showcasing nurse education at its best. Thanks to BSGNA for their inspiration and collaboration.
Most conferences take on their own particular character and feel. I hope the programme content, the location and the venue will inspire you to come and join the Conference Community at Manchester Central, be it for just a day or the entire meeting. Take the opportunity to make your contribution to the BSG and to UK Gastroenterology and to enjoy the professional network our Society provides. Looking forward to seeing you there.
BSG Senior Secretary and Programme Committee Chair