Autumn Update 2014 – Plans for Better Support for BSG Taster Members
Dr Cathryn Edwards, BSG Senior Secretary
Welcome to all new Taster Members! The Annual Scientific Conference in Manchester 2014 proved a popular and enjoyable meeting. Programme highlights included Monday's Gastro Master Class, CORE's Wednesday science session and Thursday's symposium on Inflammation run by Profession John McLaughlin, Research Chair of the BSG. Great feedback was also received on the Gastroenterology in Pregnancy session run by the Trainee Section of the BSG.
Social highlights included the conference party at 'Gorilla' and 'Gastrocycle' a sponsored cycle from London to Manchester to support CORE research. The peloton arrived at the conference centre the day before the Master Class and was greeted by a crowd of supporters.
Plans are afoot for next year's meeting which will be a federated conference (June 22nd - 25th 2015 Excel London), involving the British Association for the Study of the Liver (BASL); the Association of Coloproctology (ACP); the Association of Upper GI Surgeons (AUGIS) and the British Association of Parenteral and Enteral Nutrition (BAPEN). This means the sessions will cover multidisciplinary topics and provide an integrated approach to gastroenterological medicine, nutrition and surgery. The post - graduate day on the Monday (22nd June) will focus on the theme of GI cancer medicine and surgery and will culminate in MDT case studies at the end of the session. The day finishes with an entertaining lecture on 'Doctors and the Media' followed by networking and drinks. Registration opens from December this year – with heavily discounted rates for taster members. Don't miss it!
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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