Taster Membership

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

Capitalising on Conferences

  • Register early to take advantage of early bird rates
  • See if travel bursaries are available
  • Submit an abstract(s)
    • Prizes for best orals and posters
  • Try to attend for the whole conference
  • Check out the programme before the conference and pick out the must see presentations so you don't miss what you want to see
  • Download the app
    • Build your agenda
    • All abstracts are on the app at the BSG annual conference
    • Vote during interactive sessions
    • Tweet!
    • Email your notes
  • If you have an oral presentation - practise in front of colleagues beforehand (helps with tips for delivery & what questions you might get)
  • Quiz the judges when they're judging your posters to ask how to improve your research
  • Network with leaders in the field in which you're interested (they like it!)
  • Speak to experts about patient management
  • Ask around about upcoming job and research opportunities
  • Visit the industry exhibition
    • Without them the conference wouldn't exist!
    • Learn about new drugs
    • "Play" with endoscopy equipment
  • Get involved with charity events e.g. Gastrocycle
  • Go to the conference party
  • Enjoy yourself!
  • See if lectures & slides can be viewed post conference e.g. BSG TV

Oh, and wear comfy shoes!!

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.

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Please note: The membership payment year runs from 1st January through to 31st December each year, therefore at any part of the year you join you will pay £15.00 and will pay a further £15.00 the following January for a whole year.

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Meet Your Committee...

Name: Dr Liam Morris

Position: Chair

Representing: North West

Grade: ST6

Interests: Medical Education, Medical Leadership, Endoscopy

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

Gastroenterology is a very diverse speciality with a wide range of possible career pathways available. This diversity is what first attracted me to the speciality and my career aspirations have changed a lot in my 3 years of training so far. It is a field of medicine which is always changing due to advances in research, ensuring that you will never stop learning.


Name: Dr Ellie Taylor

Position: Secretary

Representing: Yorkshire & Humber

Grade:

Interests:

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

 


Name: Dr Louise China

Position: Former 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 Suranga Dharmasiri

Position: Treasurer

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: All aspects of luminal gastroenterology, nutrition, endoscopy and gastrointestinal cancer

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

I've been a gastroenterology trainee for five years and have developed an interest in all things gut-related. More recently I have become a clinical research fellow and am enjoying the challenges of gastrointestinal research. Always happy to take questions from people interested in this terrific discipline and the wonderful West of England.


Name: Dr Kesavan Kandiah

Representing: NW Thames

Grade: St7

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 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 Jennifer Clough

Representing: South Thames

Grade:

Interests:

Ask Jennifer a Question:
jennieclough@hotmail.com

 


Name: Dr Michael Fitzpatrick

Representing: Oxford

Grade:

Interests:

Ask Michael a Question:
mebfitz@gmail.com

 


Name: Dr Philip Harvey

Representing: West Midlands

Grade:

Interests:

Ask Philip a Question:
phil.harvey@doctors.org.uk

 


Name: Dr Rebecca Dunn

Representing: Northern

Grade: St5

Interests: Hepatology, Medical Education

Ask Rebecca a Question:
rebeccakeay@doctors.org.uk

 


Name: Dr John McGoran

Representing: Northern Ireland

Grade: ST5

Interests: Teaching and training, oesophageal medicine, EUS

Ask John a Question:
jmcgoran01@qub.ac.uk

 


Name: Dr Sharmila Subramaniam

Representing: NE Thames

Grade:

Interests:

Ask Sharmila a Question:
Shar811@googlemail.com

 


Name: Dr Emily Tucker

Representing: East Midlands

Grade:

Interests:

Ask Emily a Question:
emilytucker@doctors.net.uk

 


Name: Dr Jennifer Veryan

Representing: West of Scotland

Grade:

Interests:

Ask Jennifer a Question:
j.veryan@nhs.net

 


Name: Dr Michael Fitzpatrick

Representing: Oxford

Grade: ST6 (OOPR)

Interests: Coeliac disease, IBD, Nutrition

Ask Michael a Question:
mebfitz@gmail.com

I am a gastroenterology registrar currently out of programme in research, studying intestinal T cell responses in coeliac disease for a DPhil at the University of Oxford. I joined the BSG committee in 2017 and I also represent Thames Valley trainees at the Royal College of Physicians. Gastroenterology is a great career; it is a busy and challenging specialty, with great opportunities in research, teaching and service development, and most importantly we have a lot of fun doing the job!


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